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1.Mallcore is a term of derision that refers to nu-metal, since it is so closely associated with the Hot Topic stores at the malls of America. Such music, while having certain metallic tendencies, is simplistic, predictable, and, for the most part, uncreative. Thus, it cannot be considered true metal, however, these watered-down mainstream bands do lead some fans in the right direction towards true metal bands such as Slayer, Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Deicide, Iron Maiden, among countless others.
2. This term can sometimes be abused by certain metalheads. Some people will say a band has gone "mallcore" any time it releases a sub par album, even if the band has no hint of mallcore influences, still plays solos, and is much too heavy to have any mainstream acceptance.
1. I used to listen to mallcore until I discovered Slayer.
2. According to Special K, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Opeth, Children of Bodom, and Cradle of Filth classify as "mallcore" since I have seen shirts sold at Hot Topic for all those bands.
by Conrad January 20, 2005
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The emo or goth children who are afraid of what people will say about them, so, they run aroung whining "don't lable me!!" Those children also buy all their clothing from Hot Topic and Zumies.
I wish the mallcores would stop whining saying, "don't label me!" It is easier to just say "I don't care". But they are afraid of what people will say of them.
by Muhahahanafawnabanana November 04, 2005
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Kids who listen to Slipknot and Korn and wear those damn baggy ass black pants with a ton of pockets and chains. Oh did i mention that they are fuking gay?
Omg look i can fit more slipknot and korn cd's in my super mallcore pockets than you can!!!
by Bob December 31, 2004
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A form of "music", related to alternative rock and nu-metal. It is characterized by simple structures, ugly musicians, silly lyrics and little drum kits. It has nothing to do with true heavy metal (ie. Iron Maiden, Dio, Black Sabbath...)
by Camilo November 12, 2004
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an angsty , whiney pussy posing as a metalhead who listens to nu metal ( AKA poser metal ) and hangs out at malls while thinking slipknot is the most brutal deathgrind band in the entire world.
* guy punches metalhead *

metalhead : YOU LITTLE BITCH !!!!! * punches guy back *

* guy punches mallcore kid *

mallcore kid : oowww !!! why did you hit me ? what did i do to you ??! i'm gonna join a band called korn and write songs about you to express my painful feelings inside while pretending to be a hardcore metalhead and rapping over a 7 string guitar!!!
by justsomeguyonthenet April 21, 2007
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Bands that draw their main influence from the godfathers, Korn and Deftones and mainly from the modern textbook Nirvana and grunge created with the main rules being "keep your topics personal and introspective" and "don't show any great talent with the guitar".

Nirvana are the biggest anti heavy metal band in music history. They wanted to end all metal in 1991, not just the glam stuff. Kurt Cobain said on record that metal is "dumb kid music" and that their music was a new and better product. Jonathan Davis states the same thing about Korn & so he is the musical son of Kurt. Korn are basically Nirvana with drop tuning and attempts at "heaviness" by mindless screams and growls.

The genre as a whole is geared around challenging pop music in record sales and mass popularity,something evident with bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit attacking pop artists. Heavy Metal has no interest in this as it is cult music for it's devoted fans.

As it is trying to attract mass popularity it has to stick close to the modern rock rules and they can't step too far out of that box. Don't show too much talent on the guitar,don't play riffs that are too heavy and stick to introspective "life sucks" themes.

Mallcore is boring in style and spirit. It is geared for mass consumption and the themes of the music are always introverted and depressing. For me and hordes of other metalheads and music fans of other genres it is the worst music there is. It's false "Heaviness", it's depressing and self depricating rants, it's completely uncatchy sound, irritating riffs, lack of melody or interesting guitars. One of the worst forms of music ever.
Mallcore i.e Slipknot, Spineshank, Drowing Pool, Disturbed, Korn, Otep, Sevendust..
by Ronnie James Dio October 25, 2006
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music, clothing trends etc (and the people who follow them) that are pre-manufactured heavily commercialized by big businesses
that kid with the slipknot t-shirt is mallcore
by Vostok March 13, 2005
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