Christcore (or Faithcore) is an aesthetic relating to the theme of Christian religious imagery, accessories or decorations in an alternative fashion.
Any Christian imagery is involved with Christcore, but a darker hue is added overtop. This is done carefully as to avoid blasphemy.
- Virgin Mary and Jesus (often weeping)
- Neon lights
- Christian statuary
- Bible scripture
- Religious billboards
Fashion for Christcore mainly derives from Rocker and Grunge but involves more Christian imagery and is more modest. Common themes are lace, leather, boots, and white. Crosses are obviously one of the most recurring symbols and are either worn as accessories or as patterns on clothes.
Christcore (related in part to the Straight-Edge movement) also refers to hardcore punk bands that promote Christian beliefs. How these bands promote Christianity, and to what extent, varies between bands. Christian hardcore bands often openly state their beliefs and employ Christian imagery in their lyrics, and may be considered a part of the Christian music industry. Some bands that play or have played Chirstcore include:
- The Devil Wears Prada
- August Burns Red
- The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
- Christian Goth
This took place from the early to late 90s, the term itself coined by Rozz Williams to refer to the band Dead Artist Syndrome. Ironically, this movement was helped along by Deathrock artists Eva O and Rozz Williams’ brief foray into Christianity.
It centered mainly in the USA (particularly in LA) and featured bands like Dead Artist Syndrome, Savior Machine, Spyglass Blue, Batzz in the Belfry, and Beauty For Ashes. To a smaller degree, it spread to the South African Goth scene, the main band being The Awakening.
Even after the movement dissipated, The Awakening’s Ashton Nyte has continued writing music and performing and is well accepted by the British OG Goth scene.
- Christian Rap
- Christian Trap ( Mostly popular in Latin America )