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Primary Stylistic Influences (traditional) :
Secondary Stylistic Influences (traditional):
Primary Stylistic Influences (Melodic 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.
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. 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.
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
- The Acacia Strain
- A Life Once Lost
- The Agonist (mixed with melodic death metal and deathcore)
- All That Remains (their first album was melodeath; recent albums have had strong Post-Grunge elements)
- As I Lay Dying (With a heavy Thrash Metal bend on later albums)
- Asking Alexandria (overlaps with Electronicore)
- Atreyu (early)
- Attack Attack! (Combines this with post hardcore and electronic music, sometimes called Electronicore)
- August Burns Red (Also considered Progressive Metal)
- Avenged Sevenfold (arguably the genre's most successful act; this applies more to their early music, as they later became Heavy Metal / Hard Rock)
- Beautiful Dying Day (about 30% this and 70% Post-Hardcore)
- Between The Buried And Me (also a Progressive Death Metal band)
- Black Veil Brides (started as this on We Stitch these Wounds, but changed to Hair Metal on their follow up)
- Bleeding Through (has flirted with deathcore at various points)
- Bring Me The Horizon (started off as deathcore, now plays a mix of metalcore and post rock)
- Bullet For My Valentine (at first, but they changed styles after Scream Aim Fire to a more hard rock-based sound, though elements of the genre tend to still be there)
- Burst (has some overlap with Progressive Metal, but not enough to truly be called metal)
- Chimaira (mixed with Groove Metal)
- A Day to Remember (notable for their prominent Pop Punk elements)
- Dead By April (possibly the only metal band ever that overlaps with Boy Band pop)
- Deadlock (Mixed with Melodic Death Metal, with a Djent sound later.)
- Demon Hunter (although they have strong Alternative Metal elements and riffs resembling Groove Metal and Nu Metal)
- The Devil Wears Prada
- Every Time I Die (with quite a few Southern Rock and Sludge Metal elements)
- Falling In Reverse (their first album was a mix of this with pop punk and Hair metal, but their newest release has bizzarely taken on a crunkcore vibe much to their fans dismay)
- The Fall Of Troy
- The Final Harvest (one of the heavier examples, overlaps with Death Metal)
- Full Blown Chaos
- The Ghost Inside (overlaps with Melodic Hardcore)
- God Forbid (also falls under Thrash Metal in all albums after and including Gone Forever)
- Haste The Day
- Heaven Shall Burn (also Melodic Death Metal)
- HORSE The Band (Also Nintendocore)
- In This Moment (only on Beautiful Tragedy and A Star-Crossed Wasteland; The Dream was more alt-metal/post-hardcore, while Blood was more industrial/nu-metal)
- Issues (mixes this with Nu Metal and, of all things, pop music)
- KEN mode (along with post-hardcore)
- Killswitch Engage
- Lamb Of God (they're not very melodic, and possibly closer to Groove Metal or Thrash Metal, though their first couple of albums definitely have significant elements of this)
- Machine Head (recent material, though Burn My Eyes and The More Things Change had significant Biohazard influences)
- Loveand Death (Mixed with Nu Metal)
- Meek Is Murder (mixed with screamo and noise rock)
- Memphis May Fire (no clear consensus though since they push the genre as well as other genres present in their music (Post-Hardcore, Southern Rock), so this classification depends largely on who you ask)
- Misery Signals
- Motionless In White (fused with Gothic Metal, with Chris Motionless doing his best impressions of other singers)
- Norma Jean
- Of Mice and Men (their third album also has prominent Nu Metal elements)
- Parkway Drive
- Poison The Well (at first; they eventually dropped the metallic elements of their sound for a more experimental hardcore feel)
- Protest The Hero (also Progressive Metal)
- Psychostick (uniquely overlaps with comedy rock)
- Rolo Tomassi (very technical metalcore with strong jazz and art rock elements)
- Sea Of Treachery
- Shadows Fall (overlaps with Thrash Metal, similar to God Forbid)
- The Showdown (First album only; mixed with Melodic Death Metal and Death Metal. They eventually became a Death Metal tinged groove/thrash band)
- Slapshock (later material)
- Sonic Syndicate (also Melodic Death Metal)
- Straight Line Stitch
- Trivium (influences also drawn from Thrash Metal and Melodic Death Metal for more recent albums)
- Walls Of Jericho
- The Word Alive
- Zao (Trope Codifier)
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 genre, because bands like Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine and early Avenged Sevenfold were often influenced by it.
- 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.
- Several of the late NY 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). The "Entombedcore" bands (such as Trap Them and Nails) have also gained some popularity with metalheads due to its influences from old school metalcore, crust punk and a more respected from of Swedish death metal, and they aren't seen as part of the modern metalcore scene.
- 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. 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 post-hardcore-inflected melodic metalcore), and either Trap Them or Cursed for Entombedcore.
- Wangst: Occasionally, especially common with emo-influenced bands.