A subgenre of emotive hardcore and indie rock that formed in the 90's. Screamo isn't mainstream and you will not hear any screamo bands played on the TV or radio.

Some real screamo bands are Orchid, Pg.99, Circle Takes The Sqaure, City of a Caterpillar, Piano Come The Teeth, Saetia, Anomie, Portraits of Past, I Would Set Myself On Fire For You, Indian Summer and The Saddest Landscape.

Screamo is often a term used for bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, Pierce The Veil, Escape The Fate, Falling In Reverse, Sleeping With Sirens or any other band that has used the technique in their songs. Anybody who says these bands are screamo is wrong, they are post-hardcore or metalcore.

They're part of the metal mainstream.
Screamo fan 1: Did you listen to Pg.99's new album?

Screamo fan 2: Yeah, they're amazing. Such meaningful lyrics.
by DeadDeathrocker April 21, 2012
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A word used by dumb asses that have no knowledge or education of metal or it's sub-genres. Used to describe any band that uses harsh vocals with fast or heavy metal music.
Dumbass - "What kind of music are you into?"
Me - "Mostly Deathcore and Death Metal, bands like Oceano, Thy Art is Murder, and Dying Fetus."
Dumbass - "Oh so that screamo shit."
Me - "No."
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Screamo is a genre of music which predominantly evolved from hardcore punk, among other genres, in the early 1990s. The term "screamo" was initially applied to a more aggressive offshoot of emo that developed in San Diego in 1991, which used short, chaotically executed songs which grafted "spastic intensity to willfully experimental dissonance and dynamics,"4 often with a political message. In the early 2000s, the genre name began to describe a different, slower and less dissonant style that borrowed from alternative rock. The term's application to the "second wave" is controversial among fans and practitioners of the earlier style.5 One musician observed that the term "has been kind of tainted in a way, especially in the States".
Screamo Bands : Antioch Arrow, Portraits of Past, Saetia, Hot Cross, Ampere, Funeral Diner, Orchid, etc.
by isthisreallyfuckinghappening? February 28, 2009
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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 8, 2009
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Once upon a time Metal fucked Emo, and never called her back. The result was a hideous, disfigured, makeup-covered hermaphrodite named Screamo.
Screamo is the worst sound a group of semi-humanoids can possibly make.
by The Leviathan September 2, 2008
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A disgusting and shitty excuse for music. It sounds like a mixture of barking dogs and dying muppets. Most of the screamo songs are about general pointlessness and are almost impossible to understand what the singers are saying. Useful if your trying to give yourself a bad headache.
What is that, a pack of wild dogs? Oh, its just screamo.
by akatsuki79 November 6, 2010
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Screamo is emo kids trying to be metal, P.S. it doesn't work you still suck.
emo kid: screamo is the best type of metal

metalhead: shut up loser, screamo is gay and not metal, real metal is dio, slayer, iron maiden, pantera, and anthrax
by Rockin' Monster February 19, 2011
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