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

Primary Stylistic Influences (Melodic Metalcore):
Secondary Stylistic Influences (Melodic Metalcore): Post-Hardcore, Alternative Metal, New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Death Metal

Metalcore (also known as metallic hardcore or hardcore metal, names given to the more punk-influenced bands) is a subgenre of Heavy Metal that combines Thrash Metal with 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.

When combined with Death Metal, metalcore transforms into Deathcore. Melodic metalcore is usually fused with Melodic Death Metal influences and Soprano and Gravel vocal dynamics. Holy Terror metalcore, meanwhile, refers to heavily Thrash Metal-influenced metalcore with occasional doomy tendencies and apocalyptic, biblical lyrical themes. 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 


Bands typically cited as metalcore include:

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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, thanks to bands like Atreyu and Bullet For My Valentine.
  • Fan Dumb: While most metalcore fans are perfectly fine, there's still at least one person on Facebook, YouTube, or some other site that's going to put down people putting down the band in question - typical comments include mentions of wealth and talent or jealousy on the Hatedom's part.
    • Many of the more hardcore-influenced bands (Hatebreed, Earth Crisis, Terror, etc.) have gained the derisive label of "brocore" due to their tendency to attract dimwitted, violent thugs who seem to view shows less as places to enjoy the music and more as opportunities for starting fights.
  • Gateway Series: To extreme metal and Hardcore Punk.
  • 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.
  • Hatedom / Hate Dumb: Due to its immense popularity and the fact that it is sometimes perceived as a form of modern Hardcore Punk rather than Metal by metalheads, the genre has accumulated a rather large one of these.
    • It can, of course, go the other way: lots of metalheads have great respect for the more overtly hardcore-influenced bands (such as Converge or Cave In), but really hate the more accessible, melodeath-influenced ones (Killswitch Engage, Bullet for My Valentine).
    • Hardcore fans have even stronger views about it. Most have no problem with first-wave metalcore and newer bands that sound like it, but Killswitch Engage and their ilk are absolutely despised. Hatebreed and their ilk fare slightly better; some hardcore fans love 'em, others hate them even more than Killswitch and blame them for everything that's wrong with modern hardcore.
  • 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, 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.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Commonly inverted. They usually dress like an average person or androgynously, but the music is still fairly 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.
  • Wangst: Occasionally


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