The way I remember it, back in the day if you were punk you were punk. If you were metal you were metal. And both camps didn't usually play nice. Then, some time around the mid 80's the lines started to merge a little. Then, in 1987, hardcore gods D.R.I. just said to hell with it and put a label on it. It took me a while to come around to the 'punk metal' thing, but I finally made it.