Bongripper (US)

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Reveling in their stereotypical stoner band name and song/album titles, Bongripper have nevertheless always marched to the beat of their own drum. Or should that be: the chug of their own fuzzy downtuned guitar? Gaining reputation in the best possible way, i.e. everybody talking about how frigging awesome they sound, they have grown into one of Chicago metal’s biggest exports—without a manager, a publicist, or a record label.