theres slow emo, often one male singer and an acoustic guitar example, dashboard confessional, coheid and cambria. then there is angst emo, typically two male singers two/three guitars with bright lights in background of video, these tend to sing about failed relationships, example taking back sunday. then there is post hard core which still comes under the categorie of emo, this is too heavy to be emo, but too soft to be hard core, will usually have a male being able to sing aswell as scream, these sing about failed relationships and use metaphores for words like 'and' example funeral for a friend. then there is hard core, this has similarities to metal, fast music, rythm and bass with the singer been so passionate about what they are singing they are litterally screaming, examples been poisen the well, atreyu.
then there is metal core, closest to metal and the last in the spectram, very fast, typiccally male siner heavy guitar riffs and more of a growl than a scream
and won't you tell all your friends, youv'e got your gun to my head
People use the term emo music as a narrow minded attempt at attempting to categorize emotional music as 'everything that sounds like fall out boy'. It ain't. Here are the genres/musicians that could be referred to as 'emo', 'emo orientated' or perhaps 'crap' if you don't like it.
1980s hardcore/soulful punk: People argue that this laid the base for most 'emo' and it does share very similar qualities to more commercial forms we have today. Catchy guitar lyrics, rough lyrics dealing with love, unhapiness, anandonment, hatred, disullision, longer running times ( unlike all other forms of hardcore punk at the time ) etc. I would cite Husker Du's Zen Arcade as the best example of this era, but Rites of spring are another brilliant band.
Early 90s/90s screamo: As an off-shoot of emo this is included. Bands in the early 90s took emo on to more fast, distorted, screamed and abstract horizons. You can easily recognise alot of this music by these qualities but running times varied alot ( indian summer's track 12 ran for 17 minutes, where as jerome's dream songs ran for much shorter ), lyrics may be intelligible at parts or not atall, there may be huge intros or guitar riffs lasting the majority of the songs thrashed and or melodic. Indian summer, jerome's dream, joshua fit for battle, swing kids are examples. Modern pop punk should not be confused with this genre under pain of death.
Me:"Do you realize that all music is emotional in one way or another?"
Me:"Saying that only certain types of music have emotion in them is like saying that only certain types of human beings breathe."
Ignoramus:"Wow, yea I guess I am pretty fucking stupid."
It's not screaming and all of that. Emo is short for emotional, and emo music is emotional music, you dolt. Emo music is NOT punk rock or metal, nor even close to that. My sister claims that Escape the Fate is emo. No, it's not emo, but it's punk rock. Everyone that thinks Bullet for my Valentine, Blood on the Dance Floor, etc is emo, please go do us all a favor and go learn what emo music really is.
Also, if you claim your emo when you aren't even emotional, you are scene. Go learn something rather than being a stereotype.
Why is emo associated with self-harm? Just because some people decided that any depressing self-destruction music MUST be emo?
Emos are usually, as far as I know, into the retro emo bands that began the emo craze, and the more modern bands like Panic! @ The Disco etc. The most common feature of emo is the hair with a side-parting. The bangs are NOT always covering one eye, NOT always dark, NOT always straight, NOT always shaggy for boys and NOT always short for girls.
The thing I've noticed that made me laugh about people's descriptions for emo boys was that they all wear trousers fitted for girls. WHAT A CROCK. I've never seen an emo boy dressed in trousers that are fit for girls. It would look a bit dumb, I mean, with the hips and all. So what if the trousers might be tight? It doesn't mean they're for girls! SERIOUSLY STRANGE. But if there is an emo boy who wears girl...