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Metalcore is basically an evolution of the mixing of punk and metal that has been hapening for at least 30 years. In the begining bands like Minor Threat, Bad Brains took on a harsher edge to punk music and played it fast. Their speed influenced the first wave of thrash metal like Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, etc... From there you had crossover wich was a completel blend of punk and thrash with bands like DRI, Whermacht, The Accused, Attitude Adjustment, etc. Also at this time hardcore was coming into it's own with the likes of The Cro-mags, Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All. Now you add influences of death metal from the early 90's and the fierce speed of late 80's crossover bands like Cryptic Slaughter and grind bands like Carcass and Napalm Death, especially the melodic death sounds sounds of At The Gates and In Flames and you have metalcore. More metallic and generally a more technical style of hardcore with breakdowns and clean sung parts as well for better or for worse.
Metalcore: Killswitch Engage, Unearth, Zao, Lamb Of God, Between The Buried And Me, All That Remains, Misery Signals, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Burnt By The Sun

Hardcore: Terror, Most Precious Blood, Converge, Comeback Kid, Nora
by a58chevy June 04, 2007
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A mixture of Melodic Death-Metal Riffs, Harcore-Style Breakdowns, and the occasional Emo Chorus. Metalcore is (in my opinion) one of the greatest musical genres out there. Most older fans claim that the newer bands are'nt even metalcore but they are just idiotic people who dislike change.
Atreyu, Killswitch Engage, Norma Jean, As I Lay Dying, A Life Once Lost, Bullet for my Valentine, Heavens Shall Burn, Bleeding Through, Between the Buried and Me, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Cephalic Carnage, Converge, and more metalcore bands.
by Phillip Turner May 11, 2006
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An incredible genre of music. Unfortunately, what old-schoolers used to call metalcore has turned into the trashy crap that teens think is cool these days. Converge were, by leaps and bounds, the forefathers of the genre. Other influences were Gothenburg's death metal scene, as well as a lot of groove metal bands (Pantera, Sepultura, Prong, Helmet, etc.). It is not defined by breakdowns, but was actually a term given to hardcore punk bands with high levels of technicality (such as some Agnostic Front, Sick of it All, Bad Brains, etc.). Some bands, such as Converge or Botch, began incorporating these influences into music heavier than one of King Kong's turds, hence the birth of metalcore. Do not confuse this with post-thrash or thrashcore, which most of the bands in the "not metalcore" section are.
METALCORE BANDS: Botch, Deadguy, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Between the Buried and Me, Buried Inside, Starkweather, Coalesce, Zao, Curl Up and Die, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Ed Gein, Caliban, Earth Crisis, Into the Moat, UnderOath (first two albums), The Red Chord, Ion Dissonance, Norma Jean, A Life Once Lost, Becoming the Archetype...

NOT METALCORE: Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, A Perfect Murder, Atreyu, Bleeding Through, All That Remains, Shadows Fall, Unearth, Trivium, Still Remains, Bullet For My Valentine, Darkest Hour, Every Time I Die, Hatebreed, It Dies Today, Manntis, etc.
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With it's roots stretching back some 20 years, today's more popular metal strain, metal-core, is a blend of two different genres, hardcore punk and thrash metal. The ratio of the blend is not defined or regulated and can sometimes rely on the particular band or fans to categorise the music. Metalcore bands such as Chimaira, for instance, rarely use clean, melodic vocals in their tracks, as opposed to groups like killswitch engage who regularly include a more melodic approach through the chorus sections. The latter approach is often attacked by fans of 'classic metal' for not being true to the game, how-ever, others simply see it as an evolutionary path and the bands in question exercising their right to make the style of music they feel comfortable with. Lyrically, the metalcore scene typically revolves around feelings of inner strength, determination, rejection, unity, personal loss and anti-authoratirianism.
Some examples of Metalcore bands :- killswitch engage, war of ages, as i lay dying, chimaira, 36 crazyfists, devildriver, the agony scene, darkest hour, god forbid, ill nino, panic cell, a perfect murder, a love ends suicide, all that remains, bleeding through, carpathian, diecast, e town concrete, hatebreed, it dies today, lost eden, machinehead, shadows fall, souls harbor, still remains, throwdown, unearth, machinemade god, kataklysm, senses fail, atreyu, endwell, mudvayne, mercury switch, dance gavin dance, sick of it all, soilwork, dry kill logic, bury your dead, lamb of god, swift, himsa, clifton, swift, alterbridge
by metal master September 12, 2007
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A mixture of hardcore punk and metal. Metalcore is short for metallic hardcore. There are 2 types of metalcore, regular metalcore and there's melodic metalcore. Some bands such as The Devil Wears Prada, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, and Underoath tend to be on the more 2000's screamo side, same thing goes with some of Bullet For My Valentine's stuff. Bands such as Hatebreed are just called hardcore. Although they do use elements of hardcore, they truly aren't. Bands like Minor Threat and Verbal abuse are true hardcore
Regular metalcore: Hatebreed, Sworn Enemy, Agnostic Front(new stuff)

Melodic metalcore: Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Straight Line Stitch

DUDE!!! I was listening to hatebreed!! Thats fuckin sick ass hardcore!!!!!

No, they're metalcore...

No they're not!! Metalcore's bands like the Devil Wears Prada and Killswitch!!!

Devil Wears Prada is more of a screamo band. Killswitch Engage's melodic metalcore, Hatebreed is regular metalcore, metallic hardcore.

Oh...
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a hardcore type of metal, with very fast hardcore type riffs, fucking ownage music.
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Metalcore is a mix of heavy metal and hardcore music. It originated in the 1980's with bands like Integrity. Metalcore used to be refered to as Cross-Over Thrash, as stated by bands such as Dirty Rotten Imbecilesand Nuclear Assault.

Today, Metalcore and Cross-Over Thrash are considered two completely different genres of music. Nuclear Assault was among the first bands to call themselves Heavy Metal/Hardcore Punk band. Breakdown was arguably one of the earliest to fuse heavy metal-influenced riffing with a more traditional hardcore sound without being a thrash metal band.

Breakdowns are essential part of metalcore. Typically, the guitars play a set of rhythmically oriented riffs, usually on open strings so as to achieve the lowest sound the guitars are tuned for. These riffs are often accented by the drummer with double kick bass drums.
Examples of metalcore are: theBLED, Haste The Day, Bleeding Through, Underoath (Act Of Depression & Cries Of The Past), Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, The Black Dahlia Murder, Bury Your Dead, Norma Jean, The Chariot, Darkest Hour, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Between The Buried And Me, Escape The Fate, Every Time I Die, Evergreen Terrace, Hatebreed, The Haunted, Misery Signals, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Parkway Drive, Unearth, Vanna, and Walls Of Jericho.
by STEVECORE September 20, 2006
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