Deathcore is a style of extreme music often confused by its fans with death metal. Deathcore draws heavily from the "malcore" style of metalcore in the sense that elements of its sound, both in composition and production, are rejected by the more conservative metal culture (ex. death/black/thrash/sludge metal). Deathcore differs from metalcore in the sense that it is generally faster, more heavy, and tending toward darker themes such as are present in death metal. Deathcore is also notorious for the excessive use of breakdowns, an element also present (but less frequent) in death metal and other 'true' metal genres. Hardcore dancing, a dance style in which fans swing their arms and legs violently in rhythm, has become hugely popular among deathcore fans, and is a trademark of live deathcore shows.
Despite many fans' beliefs, deathcore is vastly different from traditional death metal. Musically, the deathcore song structure is generally much more formulaic than that of death metal; songs tend to have one or two guitar riffs, several breakdowns, and possibly a chorus. Deathcore composition is also much less complex, many songs featuring doubled guitar parts or simple guitar harmonies, with the bass guitar being almost entirely indistinguishable.
Possibly the biggest difference between the two genres lies in their production. Deathcore is produced similarly to metalcore in many ways. Clean guitar parts, extremely balanced guitar and vocal tracks, as well as heavily mastered drum tracks tend to cause deathcore and metalcore to sound much like popular hard rock music in terms of production.
1. (deathcore fan): "you don't understand man, job for a cowboy is not at all a deathcore band... they're totally death metal"
(death metal fan): "well i don't really know their music that well but I'm about 99% sure that if i played Suffocation's 'pierced from within' album alongside anything job for a cowboy has put out, it would be pretty clear that they are in fact death core"
(deathcore fan): "..........."
2. "Dude did you see Whitechapel when they opened for c
cannibal Corpse? Talk about a shitty ass deathcore band. I mean, they have three guitar players and they're all playing the same part ?!?!? And I'm pretty sure one of their songs was just four breakdowns in a row."