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Metalcore

Primary Stylistic Influences (traditional) :
Secondary Stylistic Influences (traditional):

Primary Stylistic Influences (Melodic Metalcore):
Secondary Stylistic Influences (Melodic Metalcore):
Secondary Stylistic Influences (Entombedcore):
Secondary Stylistic Influences (Nu-metalcore):

Metalcore (also known as metallic hardcore or erroneously referred to as screamo, names given to the more punk-influenced bands) is a combination of Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal and Hardcore Punk, and sometimes takes a more melodic approach to the songs than thrash. It is characterised by gratuitous use of the Metal Scream, as well as breakdowns. Lots and lots of breakdowns (although due to, ahem, certain bands, this attribute has been Flanderized a bit). If you're not in the know, a "breakdown" is when the music kind-of slows down to induce moshing or "throwing down"...or something like that. Modern bands often tend to mix it up with clean vocals and melodic riffs (see Melodic metalcore below).

Metalcore began life as a blending between thrash metal and hardcore punk, and was used to describe bands such as D.R.I., S.O.D., and Suicidal Tendencies in the 1980's, however the term changed its meaning in the 1990's to "metallic hardcore", and the genre metalcore originally defined became known as "crossover thrash". This newer "wave" of metalcore included bands such as Integrity, Earth Crisis and Converge. By the end of the nineties, metalcore had evolved into "melodic metalcore", which slowly grew in popularity until the mid-2000s, when it was a big mainstream draw. In fact, today, metalcore is the most commercially popular form of metal.

There are several common styles of metalcore. The original metalcore, often called "metallic hardcore" to avoid any confusion with modern metalcore, is simply hardcore with a prominent influence from metal (usually Thrash Metal or old school Death Metal) and includes bands such as Integrity, Rorschach and Ringworm. Melodic metalcore (which includes bands like Killswitch Engage and God Forbid) fuses metalcore with Melodic Death Metal influences and Soprano and Gravel vocal dynamics and is generally what most people think of when they think "metalcore". Holy Terror metalcore, meanwhile, refers to heavily Thrash Metal-influenced metalcore with occasional doomy tendencies and apocalyptic, biblical lyrical themes; the term was originally coined by Integrity and quickly became attached to Ringworm as well and is now a largely informal label to refer to anything that sounds an awful lot like them. Finally, metalcore that contains too much hardcore to qualify as metalcore but enough metal to not entirely qualify as hardcore either (examples being Hatebreed, Terror, and later-era Madball) is occasionally (and derisively) referred to as "brocore" due to the stereotypes of the fans of said bands being dimwitted, thuggish meatheads who go to shows less to enjoy them and more to start fights.note 

When combined with Death Metal, metalcore usually transforms into Deathcore, but the 2010s have also brought "Entombedcore" (a common colloquialism, but there is no definitive name for the sound at this point), which fuses the more metallic side of hardcore with Swedish death metal (NOT Gothenburg; the distinction is important) and crust punk (sometimes also powerviolence and/or black metal, depending on the band) to create an angry, dirty, and abrasive form of the genre that has gained a fair bit of popularity as of late; prominent practitioners include Trap Them, Nails, Xibalba, and All Pigs Must Dienote . It should be noted that most of these bands are rarely called "metalcore" (mainly due to the term's negative connotations) and the bands are, for the most part, involved in the grindcore, crust punk, sludge and/or powerviolence scenes, rather than the modern metalcore scene.

The 2010s have also brought a new or "nu" variation called "Nu-metalcore". As the title would suggest, it's a combination of nu metal and metalcore. Basically the base of the music is metalcore, while aspects of nu metal - which can range anywhere from rapping, downtuned guitars, nu-influenced riffs, turntables, angsty lyrics, and use of electronica - are added onto it. While mixing the two together is Older Than They Think, it generally got it's footing in 2012 when Issues released their debut EP Black Diamonds. Other bands include Of Mice & Men, Emmure, My Ticket Home, and Dangerkids. Reception to this has been mixed; some view it as a new innovation in the saturated field of the genre, while others are turned off by it because metalcore's popularity was attributed to people growing sick of nu metal. Like vanilla nu metal, many bands labeled nu-metalcore don't sound much like each other, so classifying them can be tricky.
Bands typically cited as metalcore include:

Early metalcore or "metallic hardcore" (includes newer bands playing in the style):

Mathcore and experimental metallic hardcore:

Modern metalcore, including "melodic metalcore" and Groove Metal-influenced bands (often overlapping with screamo):

Entombedcore:
  • All Pigs Must Die (mixed with crust punk and sludge metal)
  • Black Breath
  • Call of the Void
  • Code Orange (originally known as Code Orange Kids; has a significant overlap with beatdown hardcore on I Am King)
  • Cursed (Ur-Example and Trope Codifier for Entombedcore along with Trap Them; unlike Trap Them, they didn't stick around long enough to enjoy the fruits of their labors)
  • Early Graves (mixed with grindcore)
  • Enabler
  • Full Of Hell (mixed with powerviolence and noise)
  • Harm's Way (heavy overlap with beatdown hardcore, especially on Rust)
  • Nails (mixed with grindcore)
  • Oathbreaker
  • Outer Heaven (with particularly prominent death metal elements)
  • The Secret
  • Trap Them (mixed with crust punk, arguably the Ur-Example of "Entombedcore" along with Cursed and most certainly a Trope Codifier)
  • Weekend Nachos (as of Still, mixed with powerviolence)
  • Wormwood (with particularly prominent doom metal and noise influences, best known for having Greg Weeks on bass)
  • Xibalba (mixed with sludge metal, as well as death metal as of Tierra y libertad)
  • Young And In The Way (mixed with crust and Black Metal)

Nu-metalcore:
  • Animal
  • Attila (fifth album onward, mixed with deathcore)
  • Barrier
  • Beartooth
  • Cane Hill
  • Capture the Crown (second album onward)
  • Cry Excess
  • Dangerkids
  • Darke Complex
  • Emmure (mixed with deathcore and brostep)
  • Exotype (mixed with various EDM genres)
  • From Ashes To New (takes some influence but leans much more heavily in the nu metal/rap metal side of things)
  • Gideon (third album onward, mixed with christian metal)
  • Gift Giver
  • Issues (mixes this with, of all things, pop music; popularized the variation with their 2012 EP Black Diamonds)
  • Kissing Candice (takes more after Slipknot than Linkin Park; also has industrial influences)
  • Kriminals
  • My Ticket Home
  • Neurotic November (probably the most hated example)
  • Of Mice & Men (third album onwards)
  • The One Hundred
  • Stray From the Path (sixth album onwards, mixed with hardcore punk)
  • Sworn In
  • Sylar (mixed with electronicore)
  • Vanities
  • Villains
  • Yüth Forever

The following bands are often called metalcore, but are very much not metalcore. We keep this short list here because we don't want these bands put on the main metalcore list by an earnest passerby.
  • 3 Inches of Blood: The confusion comes from the dual vocalists. While switching between clean, punk styled vocals and harsh, growled and screamed vocals is common in metalcore, 3 Inches of Blood is very much a thrash-power metal band with little to no similarities to metalcore outside of common thrash elements. Furthermore, while one of their vocalists does use similar screams to some metalcore bands, their other vocalist uses a Halfordesque screech that's far more in line with thrash metal, speed metal and Power Metal.
  • Austrian Death Machine: Straight Thrash Metal; they are often considered metalcore due to who their singer is.
  • Battlecross: They have some minor stylistic similarities to some of the heavier melodic metalcore acts, but overall, they're thrashy melodic death metal.
  • The Black Dahlia Murder: They qualified on their first demo and had noticeable elements of it on Miasma (Unhallowed also had bits of it pop up from time to time, but not to any major degree), but they dropped any and all elements of it with Nocturnal in favor of aggressive, brutal death-tinged melodic death metal and never looked back.
  • DevilDriver: Mixture of Groove Metal and Melodic Death Metal.
  • Five Finger Death Punch: Straight-up Groove Metal on their first album, thrashier groove metal along the lines of Pantera's faster songs on the second, and a bit of both on the third. Some of their mellower songs border on Post-Grunge.
  • Hacktivist: They're a mix of Rap Metal, Djent, Nu Metal, and Grime. They are sometimes considered metalcore (often lumped to the nu-metalcore trend) due to the Soprano and Gravel dynamics between the two lead rappers as well as the guitarist. Outside of that, they bare nothing in common with metalcore.
  • Light This City: They mostly look like hardcore kids, and the other bands they've been in are mostly hardcore or pop punk, but the music is straight Melodic Death Metal.
  • Mammoth Grinder: Often lumped into the Entombedcore movement, but while they do indeed have some detectible Integrity and Ringworm influences, they are far, far closer to straight-up retro Swedeath than any of the bands that actually qualify as Entombedcore.
  • Marmozets: They are sometimes referred to as metalcore due to their use of screamed vocals contrasted by cleans. In reality, they're a heavier brand of alternative/indie rock with some progressive metal leanings. They even mocked metalcore with a video of their own.
  • Pyrithion: Like Austrian Death Machine, they have occasionally been lumped in with metalcore due to Tim Lambesis. They're pretty straightforward death metal.
  • Revocation: Back when they were first signed to Relapse Records, the metalcore label was thrown at them here and there due to Dave Davidson's somewhat shout-y vocal style and their occasional usage of vaguely Gothenburg-esque riffing. They were always an amalgamation of melodic death, thrash, and tech-death, however, and they've moved more and more towards death metal with each album, while Dave's voice has grown progressively deeper and less shout-like.
  • Soul Embraced: Possibly due to being a Christian band. They started out as a straight up death metal band, but their later albums brought Progressive Metal and Alternative Metal influences into the fold.
  • Sylosis: The confusion comes mainly from their vocalist's screaming style, as well as their time of emergence. Musically, however, the band is Thrash Metal with some elements of Death Metal and Progressive Metal.
  • We Are Harlot: Straight-up Hard Rock. They sometimes get this tag because of who their lead singer is.

Tropes Common In Metalcore:

  • Christian Rock: Metalcore and Post-Hardcore are both filled with Christian bands for whatever reason. Most famously are The Devil Wears Prada, Underoath, Demon Hunter, As I Lay Dying, and August Burns Red.
  • Emo: Often associated with this genre, because bands like Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine and early Avenged Sevenfold were often influenced by it.
  • Gateway Series: To extreme metal and Hardcore Punk.
  • Genre Popularizer: Issues did this with nu-metalcore. While combining metalcore with nu metal dates back decades, they were the first to prove that combining the two can be a successful formula with their debut EP Black Diamonds. Not surprisingly, combining them has become increasingly common afterwards, with some pre-existing metalcore bands (Of Mice & Men, Emmure, Attila) even integrating it into their sound.
  • Heavy Mithril: Averted most of the time.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than other Extreme metal genres, usually.
    • Only the pop-oriented stuff that the genre has come to be associated with. Many of the more aggressive traditional metalcore groups are just as heavy, if not heavier, than most death or black metal. Take Converge for example.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually about an 8 or 9. Occasionally dip down to a 7 (All That Remains does this sometimes) or very rarely go up to a 10 (Chimaira and The Dillinger Escape Plan, for example). Converge and a couple of other groups sometimes go Up to Eleven, but this is pretty uncommon.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Most metalcore brings in alot of influences throughout the extreme metal scene, mainly Melodic Death Metal, regular Death Metal, Black Metal, and Thrash Metal. Some bands bring in influences from Pop Punk, Electronic Music, Groove Metal, and Alternative Metal.
    • First-wave, meanwhile, often played with elements of noise rock, post-punk, free jazz, post-rock, grindcore, sludge metal, progressive rock, and whatever the hell else they felt like putting in.
    • Later bands such as Issues and Of Mice & Men have been combining this with Nu Metal, which is known for being this trope. This has led to the nu-metalcore movement that's become popular in the '10s.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Commonly inverted. They usually dress like an average person or androgynously, but the music is still heavy metal.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Most bands have this. This unfortunately causes people to assume any metal band that uses this dynamic is metalcore. Melodic Death Metal (and even regular death metal in some cases) are the usual victims of this.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: Almost every band on this page will have at least one of these per album. The first-wave acts and bands that sound like them usually have something post-rock-influenced, while the melodic acts usually have a Power Ballad. Mostly averted by Entombedcore, but you'll still see more melodic songs here and there.
  • Ur-Example: Either Integrity or Ringworm for the genre in general, Starkweather for mathcore, either Killswitch Engage or 7 Angels 7 Plagues for melodic metalcore, The Devil Wears Prada for electronicore (and arguably the current brand of breakdown-laden, post-hardcore-inflected melodic metalcore), either Trap Them or Cursed for entombedcore, and Biohazard for nu-metalcore.
  • Vocal Tag Team: A common trope due to the Soprano and Gravel dynamics. One is usually the screamer who serves as the primary vocalist, while other provides clean vocals (often in the chorus) for contrast. Though one-man variations exist.
  • Wangst: Occasionally, especially common with emo-influenced bands. Nu-metalcore, being that it's a fusion of metalcore and the normally angsty nu metal, can fall into this.

Metalcore songs (including metallic hardcore, mathcore, modern/melodic metalcore, entombedcore, and nu-metalcore):


Alternative Title(s): Metallic Hardcore

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