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
pretending that something is the dogs bollocks when really it isn't
man that little kid is a hard core skater
by souch13 May 18, 2005
used to diss an act/person/object considered cool by a certain sub-culture - considered rather pitiful by outsiders
those unemployed/uneducated rudeniks driving up and down outside the college trying to pick up high-school girls are so hardcore
by tink May 03, 2004
Having, or of that which has, a hard center.
rezzix you are such a *HARDCORE* moron! Your used this word as an adjective and yet gave the definition of a noun. I think you've been reading the Urban Dictionary too much!
by shaNker January 16, 2003
too tough to be emo

emo

can be positive or negative depending on whether or not you are a self absorbed terd who likes to show off you hardcoreness

in this case you might be a douchebag

douchebag
i used to get picked on a lot, but i started listening to my chemical romance and now im hardcore
by xsonicassassinx October 10, 2005
a mix of metal and punk rock. this style of hard rock stared genres and fads like emocore and scene. hard core lyrics range from political (suicide machines), to emo (from autumn to ashes), to christian (underoath).
as i lay dying, unearth, underoath, rise against, suicide machines, bullet for my valentine, rancid, slipknot <these are hardcore bands>
by hot emo kid August 18, 2006
Working all day and smoking all night for several days in succession.
Oh dear. Hard core all week = barnsley syndrome
by oracle March 12, 2004
punk rockin, leather strap wearin, mosh pittin extremists
i feel so hard core with steel-toes on.
by Leya Fish January 19, 2003

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