definitions of hardcore music are widely different, so this definition is meant as a guide. hardcore did originally grow out of punk somwhere along the line in the 80's. and when i say punk, i mean punk in the ballpark of the Misfits. it began to stand on its own in the early 90's with a few pioneering bands. these early bands were very unpolished, but people looking for the heaviest sound possible became the first fans. throughout the 90's, the line between hardcore and metal thinned, because at the same time some metal bands were also finding a heavier sound.
now skip ahead to the present. at this point, that heavy metal/90's hardcore gap has been closed. however there is a new barrier. everything changed when bands like Terror, Hoods, and Madball started hitting the scene (for lack of a better word). there is no denying the difference between Terror and Unearth. now that awful term "metalcore" has come about. Unearth leans sounds sort of hardcore, but they are metal. Terror is 'straight up' hardcore. kids who listen to Terror know that what they listen to is heavier than what Unearth kids listen to. so as far as they're concerned, Unearth IS NOT hardcore. so now there is 'hardcore' and there is 'real hardcore' or 'straight up hardcore'. THERE IS A DEFINATE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO STYLES OF MUSIC.
most fans of 'straight up hardcore' accept and like 'hardcore' music, but dont like it being called hardcore. and they dont like 'hardcore' kids trying to act tough, because they know the music they listen to is tougher. so as much as i am against terms like "metalcore" it is probably a good idea to start using them because of the difference between the metal side and hardcore side.
there is no 'hardcorest' music, just hardcore. if something more hardcore comes along, then that becomes the definition of hardcore. thats why bands like Terror are taking the term for themselves with little opposition; because they are right to. when critics hail their album saying "this is what hardcore is supposed to sound like" there is little arguing that its for real.
Zao (most metal side of what is called hardcore)
Unearth (a blend of hardcore and metal that leans very much on the metal side)
Remembering Never (a blend of hardcore and metal that leans very much on the hardcore side)
Terror (doesnt get more hardcore than this)
by Chadster November 26, 2005
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Intense. Relentless.
This girl just spend a year train-hopping around the country surving only on dumpster-dived food and clothing. She was pretty damn hardcore.
by Sooper! June 09, 2002
A branch of underground/indie music influenced by faster abrasive punk rock. Originating in the early 80’s as a variant of punk rock, hardcore evolved to a modern sound that can be compared to non commercial metal. The constant themes range from Straight Edge, to Politics, to Positive and Negative.

Bands range from Minor Threat from the 80’s to One Fifth, or Unearth of today.
Bad Brains is hardcore.
by Jay January 21, 2003
There was a time when hardcore was more than music, it was a movement. Anyone, regardless of how well they could play an instrument could express themselves musically in ways too agressive, too brutal and in most circumstances too honest for even edgy mainstream music. It was a time when bands were willing to push the envelope while breaking all the rules, and didn't let the fact that they had to do it all by themselves stop them. True hardcore is an unstopable messege, totally seperate from the countless trends (from Bleached hair to Girl Jeans) that have come and gone. It's going to a show with 9 kids or 1000 kids who are perfect strangers or your best friends, and knowing that everyone in the room with a soul is compelled with the same unmatched intensity, to "think how they want to think", to "do what they know is right" to "be what they want to be" and never let anyone even think they can stop them.

I think over the years we've all gotten spoiled to the point where we don't care about much more than what we have, how many "babes we can slay" (if you're a dude) and above all else, our social status. People get so caught up in that shit that they can't undertand the value of something that doesn't provide any material benefit or make them appear special in whatever way, yet it has the capacity to empower every kid to live life to the fullest, be his/herself and have a shit-ton of fun in the process.
I think it's unfortunate that people these days pick out all the trappings of hardcore, the fashion trends, the image (there are tons of images) and limit hardcore to just that, since it suits their superficial way that they approach the world. It makes about as much sense as taking the pickles off of a big mac and calling them hamburgers (i mean if you really like pickles.) I hope this definition helps people reexamine the way they think about hardcore, and spread the word to people who don't know any better.
Raechel Hutto is Pretty damn Hardcore
by Matt Moore June 25, 2006
1) Can act as a modifier for a word or phrase, making it more severe.
2) When used alone, used to denote something noteworthy, like saying "awesome" or "rad".
1) That was hardcore wicked, man.
2) Hardcore, bro. Hardcore.
by MoonKnight November 30, 2002
A genre of music that started long ago from the punk movement. Eventually, it died down and now hardcore has become heavily confused with overrated untalented whiny-ass screamo/emo/trendXcore bands such as Atreyu, Norma Jean, and pretty much any other band worshipped by "scenesters"
The birth of REAL hardcore as told by Henry Rollins: That's when that "fuck yeah" guy got a guitar. You know, that guy in the 7-Eleven parking lot who'll look at you and be all like "What the fuck you lookin' at?" That's his band.

FAKE hardcore: Depressing poetry + eyeliner + nail polish + girl's jeans + hair covering one eye + screaming
by Oi! October 22, 2005
having an intense (often excessive) interest in or enthusiasm for some particular activity, pastime or hobby
I can't believe he went to a strip club at 12:30 in the afternoon. That's pretty hard core.
by j-roc October 14, 2004
A label given to those who are at the top of what they do. Also given to those who have no fear of the consequences of what they do.
He is the most hard core biker I have ever seen.
That skate boarder where's no helmet or pads, he is so hard core.
by The Jones July 17, 2003

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