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Metalcore (also known as Metallic Hardcore) is a fusion music genre that combines elements of Extreme Metal and Hardcore Punk together. Among other styles blending metal and hardcore, such as crust punk and grindcore, metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages conducive to moshing. The first bands to make music in this style were Integrity and the New York Hardcore bands in the late 1980s alongside the birth of the metal subgenre, Thrash.

Other defining instrumentation includes heavy guitar riffs and occasional blast beats. Vocalists in the genre typically apply fry scream techniques, alongside lower growls. Some later metalcore bands often combine this with the use of clean singing, with the singing often happening during the chorus of the song.

Some late 2010's bands have also incorporated virtuosic guitar riffs, some notable bands that do this are Oceans Ate Alaska and ERRA.


For the majority, Metalcore fashion choices come from casual wear such as skinny denim pants, band T-shirts, and skater shoes. Band shirts have various art styles; the early metalcore bands had artwork influenced by New York Hardcore, Youth Crew, urban street, and dark crusty styles. The mid-2010s brought a big change to Metalcore fashion, with many bands incorporating t-shirt designs with minimalistic imagery, often inspired by streetwear fashion, alongside iconic band logos.


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Early bands in the sound style of Metalcore were Integrity and Earth Crisis in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the late 1990s and early 2000s gave rise to bands As I Lay Dying, Hatebreed, Unearth, and Throwdown.


Melodic Metalcore[]

Melodic metalcore is a fusion genre, incorporating elements of melodic death metal and metalcore, with a heavy emphasis on melodic instrumentation, distorted guitar tones, palm muting, double bass drumming, blast beats, metalcore-stylized breakdowns, aggressive screaming, death growls, and clean singing. Many bands in this style took influences from Swedish melodic death metal band At The Gates and combined it with the influences of 90s hardcore.


Deathcore is a fusion genre combining Brutal or Slam Death Metal, a minor influence from grindcore, blended in with Metalcore. This style focuses a heavy emphasis on the brutal vocals implementing the guttural death growls, screams, and "pig squeals". The instrumental structures emphasizes more on the rhythmic grooves and heavy breakdowns while maintaining most of the structures used stylistically in Metalcore:

  • Distorted guitar tones, palm muting, double bass drumming with blast beats. Bands like Through The Eyes Of The Dead and Suicide Silence were the most prominent examples from the mid 2000s. This later evolved to include more symphonic elements as well more electronic elements, which gave rise to bands such as Lorna Shore and ten56.


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