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Screamo is often mistaken as Metalcore and Post-Hardcore (Although it is a more extreme subgenre of the latter.), but actually has very little to do with it. Be warned, though: this label is very controversial, with many bands now rejecting it, or referring to it as "skramz". Remember, just because a band screams in some of their songs, it does not automatically make them a screamo band— the term is often, inaccurately, used to describe emotive hardcore bands that sometimes scream for emphasis. It is also used inaccurately to describe post-hardcore and metalcore bands that incorporate screaming vocals. Screamo as it's now used describes a different variety of music. But while many post-hardcore bands like The Used, AFI, Glassjaw and the Chiodos may occasionally scream to make a point, Screamo bands rarely, if ever, use clean vocals for significant parts of their songs, and if they do, it's usually for more subdued passages and maybe one or two softer, more mellow songs. Common components of screamo include distorted guitars, chaotic sounds, large amounts of dynamic contrast, lofi/DIY production, higher pitched screaming than other genres, odd time signatures, and non-traditional song structures (often omitting choruses altogether, having long instrumental sections, and very short or very long songs). Screamo originated in the 1991 San Diego hardcore scene with bands such as Heroin and Antioch Arrow, and spread in the following years, with bands like Saetia, pg.99, and Hot Cross, while the Western Massachusetts-based Orchid mixed it with grindcore and powerviolence to create a variant known as "emoviolence". Although contemporary screamo bands(2000-2010's) are less common, examples include Pianos Become the Teeth, The Saddest Landscape, Old Gray, Portrayal of Guilt, and William Bonney. The genre itself has never even been close to mainstream and has usually occupied the DIY portion of the touring circuit, where basements, punk houses, student unions and college dorm common areas, and rehearsal and art spaces will make up most, if not all of the venues on a tour, and even the bigger acts will usually find themselves playing a lot of function halls and very small bars and clubs.


The genre has become a Fandom-Enraging Misconception for fans of screamo, post-hardcore, and emo music, especially when people lump the genres together, brand emo music as "screamo" or confuse emo bands for being screamo bands. Other common victims of the "screamo" mislabeling are metalcore and Post-Hardcore bands. Even Pandora's screamo station is instead of full of Metalcore and Post-Hardcore Punk Because of this, the ACTUAL screamo bands are less popular than they normally would be.


Bands associated with Screamo include:

  • Ampere (Spiritual Successor to Orchid)
  • Birds in Row
  • Bucket Full Of Teeth (Also Grindcore)
  • Circle Takes the Square
  • City of Caterpillar
  • Envy
  • Funeral Diner
  • Hot Cross
  • I Hate Myself
  • Jeromes Dream (emoviolence)
  • Kodan Armada
  • Neil Perry
  • Off Minor
  • Old Gray
  • Orchid (also grindcore, Trope Codifier and probable Ur-Example of emoviolence)
  • Pg. 99
  • Pianos Become the Teeth (up until Keep You, where they became straight-up Emo Music and Post-Rock)
  • Portraits of Past
  • Portrayal of Guilt (emoviolence)
  • The Saddest Landscape
  • Saetia (the Trope Namer)
  • Suffocate for Fuck Sake
  • Swarrrm (Also Grindcore)
  • William Bonney
  • Wristmeetrazor (emoviolence)

Alternative Title(s): Screamo


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