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Screamo can be a form of raising self esteem, however this is a more dangerous way of raising self esteem. Screamo can have adverse effects on ones mental health, resulting to violence and possibly killing oneself or others, trying to prove to "their world" that they are superior. It could be considered an attack in the form of audio signals, scaring others or corrupting weaker human minds. Screamo followers can be viewed as untrustworthy people by others who dislike screamo or have never heard of it before. Most people also view screamo followers to be people who like being tortured, or torture themselves, and are possibly suicidal. Screamo song structures are generally weak and unexciting, but boast a loud voice, which is why people consider followers to have low self-esteem. By comparison musicians who have a darker side and like to play in rock bands generally aspire to become the next legendary death metal or black metal band. What these genre's have produced are some musicians which have created powerful and impressive song structures and music, leaving the impression of extremely high self-esteem.
Screamo may not have a large following, but it's effects can cause anguish to listeners.
by S.Candor September 26, 2007
 
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screamo is a term that refers to recent bands that play old style emo. Most pinpoint the first use of the term to Saetia. When the media started to label pop punk and indie rock bands emo, people needed a new word to describe the style of music that used to be characterized with emo. Some say screamo is a little more artsy and pretentious than older emo, but that's arguable.
saetia, orchid, the spirit of versailles, neil perry, joshua fit for battle, yaphet kotto, most bands on ebullition and level-plane records
by vicktor December 31, 2003
 
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Generally the term Screamo refers to a branch of hardcore popularised in the 1990's by bands such as City of Caterpillar, Envy, Orchid, Saetia et al. Often features dischordant riffs, high-pitched screams, some spoken-word vocals (Saetia were known to utilize this technique quite often), and quite often the recordings were very lo-fi, and grainy.

However the term has been heavily popularised by MTV as a reference to the pop-punk/emo bands of the new century (Finch, Story of the Year etc).
Saetia, Angel Hair, After School Knife Fight, Joshua Fit for Battle, City of Caterpillar, Neil Perry...most of the bands on Level Plane Records.
by Will March 04, 2005
 
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the art of molesting your vocal chords
I love trying to sing with screamo music.
by LAWLZlame October 25, 2006
 
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Subdivision of emo and hardcore, generally having more similarities to hardcore in terms of instrumentals, but lyrics are closer to emo. Screamed or spoken-word vocals, laden over soft, proggy riffs or crashing metal madness, more the latter. Mostly dead by now, as the genre was already heavily explored in the 90's by bands such as Hot Cross, Saetia and Orchid.

Most modern (post-2000, really) bands referred to as screamo are either emocore, such as Alexisonfire and Thursday, or mall punks wearing eyeliner and trying to be scary, such as The Used and My Chemical Romance. Derision should not be layed against such mall punk bands, however, as they still have enough balls to wreck their vocal chords while singing about how they're just kids and thier lives are nightmares.
"Man, this Level-Plane screamo stuff is way too hardcore for my ears. But hot damn, those are some cool riffs." CORRECT

"The Used is a great screamo band." INCORRECT
by El Gordo July 04, 2005
 
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emo combined with ear-splitting screams. hence the term "screamo."
Love Lost But Not Forgotten, Usurp Synapse.....and so on......
by Misery October 17, 2004
 
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Screamo is emotional post-hardcore music. It is not pretentious, only the people involved can make it that way. It is not a trend, only the people involved can make it that way.
Note : Just because you heard The Used and Finch and thought they were screamo doesn't make them the first ones to do it, and doesn't make it screamo. They are very far from it. I doubt you'll hear Hot Cross or Yaphet Kotto on the radio anytime soon - and that's just the way we like it.
Saetia, Hot Cross, Yaphet Kotto, The Assistant, Neil Perry, You and I, Off Minor, Kaospilot, Racebannon, The Kodan Armada, Circle Takes the Square, Orchid, pg.99, City of Caterpillar, Usurp Synapse, An Albatross, Bear vs. Shark, Since by Man, Transistor Transistor, and plenty more.
by TJD November 30, 2004
 
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Bands like pg.99, Orchid, Circle Takes Square, and Envy.
A band is not screamo just because they use screaming. Please learn your genres.
by Bloodbath 87 March 08, 2009