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
rebellious, intense, bad ass.
Hey Matt, did you know that Amy and Ban are really hard core people?!
by Flo Zapel January 02, 2010
1. extreme, unmitigated

2. explicit, especially in a pornographic way
He turned into a hard core marine after a month among them.
by The Return of Light Joker December 18, 2009
short for hardcore punk,a genre of music derived from punk rock,but faster and heavier.
there's a difference between metalcore and hardcore. metalcore bands are Norma Jean,Converge,Botch,Between the Buried and Me,As I Lay Dying, Unearth,and Killswitch Engage.
Hardcore bands sing generally about anarchism,capitalism,the government,war,the hardcore lifestyle,and being straight edge;not all hardcore band are straightedgers.
Hardcore bands:circle jerks,ss decontrol,gbh,black flag,minor threat,bad brains,dead kennedys,7 seconds,gang green,beastie boys (early),negative fx,discharge,anti-nowhere league,exploited,u.s. chaos,GISM,chaos uk,picture frame seduction,and many more
"I fuckin love G.I.S.M, man...hardcore punk til i Die."
by goose86 September 17, 2007
Harcore is not about fashion. Harcore is not about who can be the most "scene". Hardcore is about the music. I'm not sure where the confusion in what hardcore is started, but it has always been about the music. Here's a little history on the music.

Hardcore stems from the early punk movements in the mid-70s made notable by bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Damned, and the Sex Pistols. Most of the fast paced, straight-forward sound that is hardcore can be heard in early punk. As more and more styles of the punk sound formed each year moving towards the mid-to late 70s. A newer sound of bands like The Misfits, The Exploited, GBH, and Black Flag would lead the move away from the sounds of this early punk.

This new style involved a faster, more technical drum beat and simplistic bass lines. Moving into the 80's the term hardcore is often credited by the band D.O.A. due to the title of their album Hardcore '81. As was seen in the origninal punk movement, this new sub-genre had the same do it yourself attitude. This attitude is the resounding theme of all hardcore music. The overall image of harcore was different, bringing the simplistic look of t-shirts and jeans to the table.

Founders of the Early Hardcore sounds can be heard played by the bands Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor threat, The Mob, D.O.A., Middle Class, and Dead Kennedy's.

This new style of music became associated with violence due to the inlaid aggresive element to the sound. This aggression laid the ground works for slam dancing and stage diving found at most shows during these times due to the relatively small venues and easy access to the stage, which was not usually seen in most mainstream rock shows.

This early harcore sound had a major influence on forming genres of music such as, Thrash and speed metal, and later on the seattle grunge sound of the late 80s.

Moving towards the 90s hardcore began to branch off into many styles and sub-genres. The hardcore sound had two main branches the punk based sound of the 80s and a newer metal influenced sound, which later is the basis of most of todays metalcore bands such as Unearth, or It Dies Today. The late 80s and early 90s punk based harcore sound can be heard influenced by Agnostic Front, Sick of It All, Cro-Mags, Murphys Law, and Gorilla Biscuits. The metal influenced version of hardcore can be heard in the musical stylings of the bands Madball, Biohazard, and a more recent example Hatebreed.

I have used many of the obvious examples of what the hardcore sound is and was. There are many bands today that still have the traditionaly hardcore sound. Most of what todays youth actually call hardcore is a more diverse metal influenced subgenre of the original sound. It is imprortant to understand the roots of something that seems to be exploited to todays teenagers.
More recent hardcore of the late 90s and today. Examples include some of my favorites:
Comback Kid, Blood for Blood, Blacklisted, Integrity(formed in the 80s and still putting out records), Lifetime, and Rise Against. There are 1000s that I can rattle off.
by Mudacris September 24, 2006
A more extreme version of a dare. Rules:

1. You can't turn down a hardcore. It's just unacceptable.

2. You can't overuse a hardcore. It must be reserved for very special occasions.

3. You can't hardcore someone to do something that you yourself would not do, i.e. you can't hardcore someone to jump off a nine-story building.
If you were hardcore, you would walk up to that guy over there and tell him you saw his picture in the dictionary next to "sexy."
by Shannon L.W. December 30, 2005
Really tough and awesome. Socially accepted and worshiped. Often does rebellious things like putting stickers on windows. Often, peers will respect this Hardcore individual's opinions more readily - see "not doing drugs"
"Wow, Danny's so hardcore!"
by StopCallingMeBella March 31, 2009
When one takes an already dangerous activity to an illogical extreme, often ignoring danger, pain and the potential for marked agony.
When Laura overshot that jump by 5 feet and smashed into that tree with her shoulder it was fucking hardcore. I would have her children even though I'm sure she would mercilessly beat me.
by xthagx June 01, 2007
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