A variety of punk rock originating in the US in the early '80s. It involves shouted vocals (as opposed to growled) with a fast, aggressive tempo and a guitar sound featuring quick chord changes. Minor Threat, Bad Brains, SSD, and the Circle Jerks are known for this style. By 1986, a new style of hardcore came out of the New York scene. The NYHC scene added mosh breakdowns to mix, but the music retained its fast aggressive nature. This spawned the youth crew scene, a positive straight edge scene featuring such bands as Youth of Today, Chain of Strength, and the Gorilla Biscuits. Judge is a notable band from this era that added some metal style to their riffs. In the 90s hardcore took many different direction, bands like Lifetime and Turning Point took the late '80s sound (particularly the melodic approach pioneered by the Gorilla Biscuits) and added a softer sung vocals and the lyrical approach of DC bands like the Rites of Spring and Dag Nasty. Other bands like Earth Crisis mixed hardcore with death metal growls and slow brutal guitars. Today many bands continue to play the early '80s fast, thrashy style as well as the so-called '88 or youth crew style, while still others have taken the sound of bands like Earth Crisis farther and mixed in more metal elements such as double bass drumming. Hardcore refers to all of these styles, though metalcore is best used to identify bands like Throwdown or Converge (who don't really sound anything alike but both mix metal and hardcore). Finally, some bands like Bane, With Honor, and Comeback Kid are mixing positive youth crew style hardcore with more complex metal riffing without straying into the beatdown, double bass drumming style of metalcore. People talking about old-school hardcore should be referring to one of the hardcore sounds that developed in the '80s, regardless of when the band formed.
early '80s: Minor Threat, Government Issue, Black Flag, SSD, Jerry's Kids, Youth Brigade, Bad Brains, Agnostic Front, JFA

late '80s/'88 style: Youth of Today, Cro-Mags, Uniform Choice, Chain of Strength, Bold, Gorilla Biscuits, early Turning Point

emo-influenced hardcore: Lifetime, Falling Forward, later Turning Point

early metalcore: Earth Crisis, Strife

modern metalcore: Throwdown, Unearth, Adamantium, Converge

modern youth crew/old-school bands: Ten Yard Fight, In My Eyes, Champion, Give Up the Ghost (formerly called American Nightmare), Black Sheep Squadron, the Spark, Trial

by Robert Murdoch August 13, 2006
Okay.
To start off.
Hardcore is music.
Containing breakdowns,double peddling, brutality.
Many kids nowadays run around saying their HARDxCORE or SCENExCORE!!
When they listen to MCR, The Used, and other crap like that.
And they don't even know anything about the music they supposedly "listen to"
That is NOT hardcore.
Hardcore is Bury Your Dead,Throwdown,Black My Heart, Anterrabae, Symphony in Peril,Evergreen Terrace,Terror,Scars of Tomorrow, Most Precious Blood, It Dies Today and much more.
Don't go around judging hardcore based on those posers you see.

Hardcore bands: Bury Your Dead, Stick To Your Guns, It Dies Today, Throwdown
by cynthia. May 17, 2006
term used when emphasizing a point
i hardcore studied for this test and STILL failed; I'm finding a date for prom early, like HARDCORE; I hardcore want to go to the OAR concert; I'm hardcore watching the OC tongiht
by Brittany and Haley October 24, 2005
KICKASS HARDCORE BANDS: Knights of the Abyss, Suicide Silence, Fire Suits You Well, Job For A Cowboy, As Blood Runs Black, In This Moment, Tony Danz Tapdance Extravaganza, Despised Icon, The Irish Front, Winds of Plague, Elysia, Midgets With Machetes, The ToyMaker, and many many fucking more!!!!
Fire Suits You Well is fuckin HARDCORE!!!!
by the ToyMaker March 05, 2008
Hardcore is a type of music.

Started in the 80's as hardcore punk.

New hardcore bands include:
throwdown (tough guy hardcore.)
terror (tough guy hardcore.)
casey jones (straightedge hardcore.)
bane (old school hardcore.)
as i lay dying (christian hardcore.)
the chariot (christian hardcore.)
norma jean (christian hardcore.)
written down the barrel (tough guy hardcore.)

Hardcore is type of music were there are low screams with breakdowns for dancing, and the guitars and bass use distortion to give it the messy effect to make it sound hard.
I'm not gunna lie.. terror is a good hardcore band.
by xxxedge March 04, 2006
The worst word in all of mankind. Right up there with oldschool.
Stop saying hardcore you fucking emo!

Hardcore is a terrible word.

Most people who say the word hardcore don't use it properly anyway.

Stop using the word hardcore and stop using the word oldschool. They are the worst slang terms to have ever been invented. Instead of saying oldschool say retro.
by CurvedMirror July 21, 2008
a genre of music.
this is how it started.

2000-2002 punk and pop punk exploudes back to mainstream
2001-2003 emotional melodic punk starts to sway in alot of fans
2003 the punk in "emotional punk" is completley taken out and emo becomes its own genre and is almost soft rock or softer
2002-2005 screamo(intense emotional punk with some harder riffs)comes in
2004-pesent hardcore developes (a thin line between screamo and metal)and is first genre to come out of punk that is not made fun of on a daily basis.

side note: indie: a primarily NY indepent melodic experimental genre. that sounds nothing like hardcore for some reason goes hand in hand
indie and hardcore are the best non-sophomoric genres out today. and experimantal which is becoming the next big genre.
by Gentry September 17, 2006
One who engages in heavy drinking and/or smoking.
He's so hardcore! He just chugged a bottle of vodka!
by Keith T January 01, 2006
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