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
stupid bitches that think they're so cool because they like to act weird, get piercings, and be "different" just to seem non-conformist when really they are

also stupid sluts
omg i'm so hardcore i'm gonna get a tattoo on my neck because it's the place that hurts the most and i love pain cause i'm KEWL!!1!!1
by mm3ng October 08, 2007
A genre of music that is a blend of punk and metal. There is none of that emo crap in it. The problem is a lot of emo pussies like hardcore music. For all you emo pussies you aren't hardcore, you should listen to Death By Stereo's Emo Holocaust. Also for you emo pussies a lot of harcore is streight edge so that means no cutting you fuckin fagets.
San Francisco, LA, Massachusetts, and Germany have a lot of kick ass hardcore bands.
by big doug May 01, 2007
hardcore is a form of punk rock, original hardcore started in the 80s with the downfall of old school punk rock. hardcore is based around the same music dynamics of punkrock where the band often plays at a veryfast tempo and the band members often play uncomplicated riffs. this is true of original hardcore although nu hardcore of the late 1990s and early 2000s often contains complicated instrument solos. the music is made to apeal to a very select anti-mainstream audience and there fore the lyrics and music of hardcore is often fery ruff and scetchy. to a manstream musician hardcore would seem very ugly , but to the true hardcore fan the music is in its own way a beautiful thing, hardcore has a lot of depth to it that most people dont find. with the emergence of emo however hardcore has been turned into something that its not. emos are very mainstream and often copy the dress sence of hardcore fans although most emos dont truley listen to hardcore, and if they do its only for the newly won popularity of it.the dress sence of the hardcore fan is often very anti-mainstream and although hardcore fans do conform to a singel dress sence its only to show that they are against every thing that mainstream is. for example a hardcore fan typicaly wears second hand clothes and non-branded clothes so as to beat the mainstream fasion machine. they will wear hoodies to keep warm but often no other type of jacket. the hard core dress sence is often very practial. and it there is any writing on a shirt it will suport either a band or an artist of some type. hardcore is the new age punk that stands for bringing down a corupt socity...do not confuse hardcore with emo. emo is a fasion and will die out as quick as it has started, hardcore on the other hand , although the music has slightly changed since its beginings still follows the same guidlines it has for some 20 years.hardcore will last emo wont. yes hardcore has its fasions, but those fasions are to stay the minority not the majority. to truely be diferent.
Emo= its cool to wear black
hardcore fan= i wear black because its anti mainstream,and shows my dedication to my type of music.
by hardcore-fan September 18, 2006
1. the opposite of fake

2. great music
1. that dude is so hardcore.. he beats the shit out of posers

2. angry music is hardcore... emo is shit
by thenextdonvito August 27, 2006
Jack Bauer on FOX's hit TV show 24.
Jack bauer once died. He was given a shot, came back to life, went back to selflessly killing terrorists, then gathered information to prevent the US from going to war against oil companies' manipulations - all while having heart spasms due to his aforementioned death. Now that's hardcore.
by Thasp March 05, 2006
Music gets confused with screemo/emo
the real harcore bands in clue.
norma jean= NOT HARDCORE!
Enter shikari= not hardcore
xAFBx= Hardcore
the boy will drown= Hardcore
Postmoretom promises= Hardcore
get the idea?!
by Victoria for a cowboy October 08, 2007
Hardcore is just a different way of saying awesome.Mostly used more by punks and goths
the online way to say Hardcore is XD
Awesome= Hardcore
Hardcore= XD
by Jagy1993 August 10, 2007

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