Hardcore Punk

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com

Hardcore punk is a punk rock subgenre - or rather a set of punk rock subgenres - which is closely related to heavy metal music, because many hardcore artists include several elements from metal in their music, and many metal artists, likewise, include several hardcore elements in their music (several metal subgenres have their roots in hardcore punk music such as thrash metal, grindcore, metalcore, Stockholm death metal, sludge metal, and nu metal). In fact, hardcore can be said to form a continuum from pure punk to primarily metal-oriented music, and many metalheads consider hardcore to be, if not a metal genre, then at least part of the universe of heavy metal music.

Hardcore arose in the late 1970s and gained considerable popularity in the 1980s. It was originally a reaction against the adoption of mainstream society of the aesthetics and lifestyle associated with punk rock as well as the intellectualization of punk rock in Europe. Inheriting the rock instrumentation of punk rock (vocals, guitars, bass, and drums), hardcore musicians would infuse more aggression into their music, speeding up the tempos considerably and inserting heavy and groovy breakdowns into their compositions. Although a global phenomenon, there are two important geographical centers in the development of the genre - namely, the USA and the UK. American hardcore was inspired by the likes of The Dead Kennedys and The Ramones, fusing it with influences from overseas. There were, and still are, several local hardcore scenes in the USA, with the NYC hardcore scene (which often includes the New Jersey scene) probably being the most influential one, spawning bands like Agnostic Front, Misfits, Warzone, Kraut, Mucky Pup, and The Undead, many of which are of crucial importance to metal music as well. Other important early American hardcore bands were Dirty Rotten Imbeciles (D.R.I.) from Texas, The Accüsed from Washington state, Gang Green from Boston, Minor Threat from Washington D.C., and Black Flag and Suicidal Tendencies from Los Angeles. The UK hardcore scene very much sprung from the harsh style of Discharge and The Exploited as well as Amebix which combined elements from early punk rock with elements of NWoBHM, with Motörhead being a particularly important influence; UK hardcore evolved into crust, which would prove to be influential on both death metal and black metal.

Borrowing from heavy metal music, hardcore would itself have an influence on the development of a new subgenre of heavy metal in the early-to-mid 80s - namely, thrash metal, as American metal musicians started to combine the harsh and aggressive style of UK bands like Discharge and The Exploited and US bands like The Misfits and Black Flag on the one hand with the more intricate and technically advanced style of NWoBHM. Despite the similarities in music, the hardcore and thrash metal scenes were separate, and when the members of the two scenes met, violence would often ensue. However, the animosity between the two scenes would eventually disappear, resulting in a hybrid hardcore-thrash style called crossover-thrash, as hardcore artists started incorporating thrash metal elements into their style (perhaps most notably Agnostic Front, D.R.I., and Suicidal Tendencies among others) and thrash metal artists would start to incorporate hardcore into their style (Nuclear Assault being an important example of this). New bands that featured members of both scenes were even established, most notably Stormtroopers of Death (S.O.D.).

Because of the influence of metal upon many early hardcore bands, the term metallic hardcore is sometimes used with reference to hardcore nd crust bands that either make use of elements from various heavy metal subgenres or hardcore bands that are, for other reasons, associated with heavy metal music. In other words, the 'metallic hardcore' label applies to bands at the more metal-oriented end of the hardcore-metal continuum. Typical features of metallic hardcore are the grooves, riffage, and drum patterns associated with hardcore punk and elements associated with heavy metal music, such as guitar leads, double bass drums, palm-muted riffing and, often, productions which, while DIY, are not deliberately underproduced. It should be noted that, here at the MMA, the hardcore subgenre only includes metallic hardcore bands.

In addition to 'standard' metallic hardcore, inclusive hardcore genres on the MMA are:

  • Crust: crust, or crust punk, with its own sub-genre here on MMA, Crust is typically used with reference to the hardcore punk tradition established in the UK by the likes of Discharge, Amebix and Hellbastard. It combines the energy and aggression of punk music with the power and darkness of heavy metal music, early crust punk drew inspiration from the music of the likes of Black Sabbath, Venom, Bathory and Motörhead, while rejecting the lyrical matter often associated with metal at the time. Characteristic of crust punk are heavily distorted guitars and dominant bass frequencies, given the impression of a very dirty sound, and many crust bands also embrace the d-beat drumming style popularized by Discharge, which was in turn inspired by Motörhead. Another typical feature is the use of both very fast tempos and extremely heavy tempos, and harsh guttural vocals are not uncommon. And offspring of crust punk is grindcore which was invented by Napalm Death and Carcass under the influence of Extreme Noise Terror (who would later embrace grindcore aesthetics themselves). Many bands on the Stockholm death metal scene of the early 1990s would incorporate numerous elements from crust punk into their sound as would early American sludge metal bands like The Melvins and Neurosis, while Hellhammer/Celtic Frost would draw inspiration from Discharge, resulting in derivatives of d-beating figuring in black metal. More recently, crust bands have infused elements from death metal, black metal, thrash metal and sludge metal, into their music. Examples of crust bands included in the MMA are Extreme Noise Terror, Amebix, Discharge, Acephalix, Wolfbrigade, Nuclear Death Terror, and Hellbastard. Many modern crust bands have infused so many death metal elements into their music that it makes more sense to consider them death metal bands, in which case the bands, or releases, in question are included under death metal, as is the case of a number of Acephalix and Bastard Priest releases. Other crust bands crossed over into thrash metal territory as is the case of Hellbastard's late releases and Amebix' "Monolith"; in this case the relevant releases are included under thrash metal. Crust Punk
  • UK82: UK82 is a hardcore punk style that includes those early second-wave punk bands who retained a strong punk sound but added the heavy drum beats and distorted guitar sound of NWoBHM bands to produce a punk and metal hybrid. Examples of bands playing in the UK82 style would be G.B.H and The Exploited.
  • New York Hardcore: New York Hardcore, or NYHC, was more than just a scene. NYHC bands had a distinctive metallic sound incorporating thrash metal riffs and also took influence from the British Oi! movement. NYHC had a strong influence over the development of metalcore and beatdown hardcore.
  • Crossover thrash: Crossover thrash, often abbreviated to crossover, is a form of thrash metal that contains more hardcore punk elements than standard thrash. It is sometimes referred to as punk metal, though this is generally incorrect due to the existence of other music genres that combine forms of punk rock and heavy metal, such as grunge, crust punk, and more recently metalcore and its subgenres. While thrash metal is heavily influenced by hardcore punk, the overall sound of crossover thrash is more punk-influenced yet more metal-sounding and aggressive than traditional hardcore punk and thrashcore. The term was coined by the band D.R.I. with their album "Crossover", released in 1987. The term 'crossover' is based on the metaphor of crossing over from one genre into the other, thus capturing artists the operate within the transition zone between thrash metal and hardcore punk. With the metaphor comes the conception of directionality, such that the genre is applied to hardcore and crust punk artists who have crossed over into thrash metal territory, such as D.R.I., Discharge, The Exploited, The Accüsed, Agnostic Front and Suicidal Tendencies (who eventually ventured into alternative metal), and thrash metal artists who crossed over into hardcore punk territory, such as Nuclear Assault and S.O.D. In the MMA database, crossover bands and releases that lean more towards thrash metal are included under thrash metal, while those that lean more towards metallic hardcore are included under hardcore.
  • Thrashcore: thrashcore and the closely related subgenre skatepunk are often placed in the crossover continuum. Thrashcore is basically metallic hardcore played at very high speed (often featuring simple guitar figures performed with palm-muting), sometimes using blastbeats, and makes use of microsongs. Skatepunk is a more melodic, but just as aggressive and fast, variant of thrashcore, used as soundtracks in skateboarding videos (with many of the artists being skateboarders themselves). D.R.I. and Voetsek as well as Cryptic Slaughter, Septic Death and A.N.S. all started out thrashcore bands and eventually took their music in a more thrash metal-oriented direction. In the MMA database, thrashcore bands and releases that are more hardcore than thrash are included under hardcore while those that are more thrash metal oriented are included under thrash metal; some thrashcore bands have taken their music in a more grindcore-oriented direction, in which case they are included under grindcore.
  • Powerviolence: Powerviolence or Power Violence is a style of hardcore punk that grew out of thrashcore. Songs tend to be short and aggressive and are often accompanied by frequent tempo changes and socio-political lyrics. While powerviolence bands remain musically grounded in hardcore punk, the scene has strongly influenced the development of grindcore and some crossover between the genres exist.
  • Post-hardcore: post-hardcore combines hardcore elements with elements from alternative rock, alternative metal, noise rock and sludge metal, and is often also often characterized by an avant-garde approach. Some post-hardcore acts have inherited the metallic elements from metallic hardcore, while others infuse post-metal into their sound. Such metallic post-hardcore bands are included in the MMA - if the hardcore elements are prevalent, then they are filed under hardcore; otherwise they are categorized under the most appropriate metal subgenre as is the case of, for instance, Wolves Like Us. Post-hardcore bands with no metal elements or not relevance to metal are not included in the MMA.
  • Sludgecore: sludge metal was born as a hybrid of hardcore punk and crust punk on the one hand and doom metal, southern metal and stoner metal on the other hand. Some sludge bands emphasize the tempos and aggression of metallic hardcore and crust, prioritizing these over the slow tempos of doom metal and stoner metal. Such artists and releases - if the hardcore and crust elements are dominant - are included under hardcore rather than sludge metal. Examples of such bands are I Exist and Hard Charger.
  • Beatdown: Beatdown hardcore is a style of hardcore punk that tends to be very metallic, often drawing inspiration from brutal and slam death metal, while remaining closer to hardcore than a typical metalcore or deathcore band would. The style sits on the cusp between hardcore punk and metalcore and deathcore, and beatdown bands often cross over into decidedly metal territory. Where they do, bands and releases are filed under metalcore or deathcore on MMA. An example of one such band might be Hatebreed.
  • D-beat: D-Beat is a metal-influenced style of hardcore punk named after and popularised by the band Discharge. D-Beat features a recognizable d-beat drum pattern, usually has shouted vocals and is stylistically and thematically similar to Anarcho-Punk.


The following hardcore-related subgenres are included in the MMA, but not under the hardcore genre:

  • Metalcore: metalcore has its own subgenre, as it has evolved into a popular metal genre of its own.
  • Deathcore: deathcore - a hybrid genre that combines metalcore and death metal - is considered a metalcore subgenre, and deathcore bands and releases are included in the deathcore child-sub under metalcore.
  • Mathcore: as with deathcore, mathcore - highly technical and progressive metalcore - is considered a subgenre of metalcore, and mathcore bands and releases will be included under metalcore (or deathcore). Those math metal bands that have more in common with progressive metal will be included under progressive metal.
  • Grindcore: although derived from crust punk, grindcore has developed into an extreme metal genre in itself and is given a subgenre of its own. Some grindcore acts started out as crust, powerviolence or thrashcore bands and then developed into grindcore bands, as is the case of Extreme Noise Terror. In this case, crust, powerviolence or thrashcore releases are included under hardcore while grindcore releases are included under grindcore.
  • Other punk-metal hybrids: punk-metal hybrids that do not draw on hardcore or crust or related genres, but rather on other punk rock genres are included under the most appropriate metal genre. Thus Kvelertak who combines punk rock, hard rock and black metal is included under hard rock, and Motörhead and Brats who combine early punk rock and traditional heavy metal are included under traditional heavy metal, while Oktan and The Spittin' Cobras who combine dirty hard rock 'n' roll and punk rock are also included under hard rock.


Note that hardcore punk, crust punk, thrashcore, skate punk and other purely punk-oriented artists with little or no relevance to metal music are not included in the MMA database. If a metal band in the MMA has released a non-metal punk-oriented release, that release will be included under Non-Metal, as is the case of Lawnmower Deth's album "Billy" which is a pop punk album along the lines of Green Day.

Sub-genre collaborators (+ child sub-genres & shared with Metalcore):
  • Bosh66 (leader)

hardcore punk top albums

Showing only albums and EPs | Based on members ratings & MMA custom algorithm | 24 hours caching

DEAD KENNEDYS Plastic Surgery Disasters Album Cover Plastic Surgery Disasters
DEAD KENNEDYS
4.88 | 3 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
BLACK FLAG Damaged Album Cover Damaged
BLACK FLAG
4.77 | 4 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
BLACK FLAG My War Album Cover My War
BLACK FLAG
4.83 | 3 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
THE SECRET Agnus Dei Album Cover Agnus Dei
THE SECRET
4.75 | 3 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
DEAD KENNEDYS Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables Album Cover Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
DEAD KENNEDYS
4.58 | 7 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
BLACK FLAG In My Head Album Cover In My Head
BLACK FLAG
4.82 | 2 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
LIFE OF AGONY River Runs Red Album Cover River Runs Red
LIFE OF AGONY
4.47 | 6 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
ICTUS Imperivm Album Cover Imperivm
ICTUS
4.42 | 6 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
G.B.H. City Baby Attacked By Rats Album Cover City Baby Attacked By Rats
G.B.H.
4.50 | 3 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
D.R.I. Dealing With It Album Cover Dealing With It
D.R.I.
4.31 | 8 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
CRO-MAGS The Age of Quarrel Album Cover The Age of Quarrel
CRO-MAGS
4.50 | 2 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
BLACK FLAG Slip It In Album Cover Slip It In
BLACK FLAG
4.50 | 2 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
This list is in progress since the site is new. We invite all logged in members to use the "quick rating" widget (stars bellow album covers) or post full reviews to increase the weight of your rating in the global average value (see FAQ for more details). Enjoy MMA!

hardcore punk online videos

hardcore punk New Releases

.. Album Cover
Tub Of Lard
Album
EYE FLYS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Son Of Severus
Album
SON OF SEVERUS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Pain Breaks The Silence
Album
PAIN BREAKS THE SILENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Good Intentions
Album
DOWNSWING
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Abyssos
Album
SIRENS OF CRISIS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
New Lease Of Life
Album
NO KINGS NO SLAVES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Our Name Is Greed
Single
NO KINGS NO SLAVES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Modern Life Slaves
Single
NO KINGS NO SLAVES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
New Lease Of Life
Single
NO KINGS NO SLAVES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Splid
Album
KVELERTAK
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Everyone Loves You... Once You Leave Them
Album
THE AMITY AFFLICTION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Unseen Relations
Album
OUR MIRAGE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
As Above // So Below
Album
IF I MAY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Truth In Your Eyes
Album
SAVAGE HANDS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Unbroken
Album
TICKET FOR FAMOUS
Buy this album from MMA partners

hardcore punk Music Reviews

DEAD KENNEDYS In God We Trust, Inc.

EP · 1981 · Hardcore Punk
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
UMUR
"In God We Trust, Inc." is an EP release by US, California based punk act Dead Kennedys. The EP was released through Alternative Tentacles in December 1981. It bridges the gap between the band´s debut and second full-length studio albums "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)" and "Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982)". The 8 tracks off the 13:54 minutes long EP are included on reissue versions of "Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982)". There´s been one lineup change since "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)" as original drummer Bruce Slesinger (stagename Ted) left Dead Kennedys in February 1981. He was replaced by D.H. Peligro, who plays on "In God We Trust, Inc.".

"In God We Trust, Inc." has an interesting recording history, as Dead Kennedys originally went to Subterranean Studios in June 1981 and recorded the material live in the studio in one day. Unfortunately the magnetic tapes were corrupted and therefore the band had to enter Mobius Music in August 1981 to re-record the material. It´s the latter sessions which ended up being released as "In God We Trust, Inc.".

Most tracks on the EP are short, fast-paced, and aggressive hardcore punk songs with politically charged lyrics. Lead vocalist Jello Biafra spits out his sarcastic venom with great passion and conviction and the instrumental part of the music is delivered with the right restless energy and anarchistic bite. "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" is probably the most well known track off "In God We Trust, Inc.", but tracks like "Religious Vomit" and "Moral Majority" are highly entertaining too. The most different track on the EP is "We've Got a Bigger Problem Now", which is basically a lounge jazz meets hardcore punk version of "California Über Alles" (from "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)"), with alternate lyrics. At 4:29 minutes it´s also by far the longest track on the EP.

The sound production is raw, chaotic, and organic sounding, and suits the equally raw material well. Despite the authentic raw nature of the tracks, it´s obvious that Dead Kennedys are a very well playing band, with a couple of more tricks up their sleeves than most other contemporary hardcore punk acts. The clever lyrics and their ability to incorporate stylistic elements from other musical genres are two of the features which set them apart. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

DEAD KENNEDYS Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death

Boxset / Compilation · 1987 · Hardcore Punk
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Warthur
I've always felt that the Dead Kennedy's most creatively fruitful period ended around the time of Plastic Surgery Disasters, and I guess Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death is fairly convincing evidence of that. Of the seventeen tracks on this collection of non-album material, only *two* were recorded after 1982 - and one of them is a comedic re-do of Buzzbomb from Plastic Surgery Disasters. (The other one is an uninteresting cover of I Fought The Law). Not that I'm complaining at all - the other fifteen tracks are top-flight stuff, showing the full diversity of the band and featuring some neat spoken word bits from Jello. (Most impressive is Night of the Living Rednecks, an impromptu live performance necessitated by a guitar breaking mid-song.)

DEAD KENNEDYS In God We Trust, Inc.

EP · 1981 · Hardcore Punk
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Warthur
Aside from We've Got a Bigger Problem Now, a do-over of California Uber Alles with a lounge jazz opening section, In God We Trust Inc. is dedicated to one thing and one thing alone: playing the fastest, rawest, most stripped-down hardcore punk the Dead Kennedys could muster. With Jello Biafra vomiting forth his lyrics at a frantic pace his social message can get lost unless you're a careful listener, though at its best - as on Nazi Punks Fuck Off - the message is quite unambiguous. Most recent CD versions of Plastic Surgery Disasters include this EP as bonus tracks, and are greatly enhanced for it.

DEAD KENNEDYS Plastic Surgery Disasters

Album · 1982 · Hardcore Punk
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Warthur
Leading off with a side of lean, fast-paced, hyperkinetic material along the same lines as In God We Trust Inc. before devoting the second side to longer but no less frantic material - think Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables on steroids - Plastic Surgery Disasters is another essential album from the Dead Kennedys. Standout tracks include the relentlessly catchy Buzzbomb and Terminal Preppy, the epic narrative of Riot, and the wide-eyed screaming paranoia of Government Flu. The next two Kennedys studio albums would find themselves bogged down with a dulled wit and diminishing returns on the music side, so for me Plastic Surgery Disasters marks the end of the golden age of the Dead Kennedys.

DEAD KENNEDYS Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Album · 1980 · Hardcore Punk
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Warthur
An audacious throwing down of the gauntlet to the rest of the punk scene, challenging one and all to even try and outdo this one, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables is a lightning-fast, viciously satirical and blindingly angry album notable both for Jello Biafra's razor-sharp wit (Kill the Poor is one of the few punk songs which you could describe as "Swiftian" with a straight face) and the band's exceptional technical ability. Check out, for instance, the spacey intro to Holiday In Cambodia, where the band briefly recapture the sound and sonic approach of early Pink Floyd before the start of the song bursts forth.

hardcore punk movie reviews

No hardcore punk movie reviews posted yet.

Artists with Hardcore Punk release(s)

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Moving Pictures Hard Rock
RUSH
Buy this album from our partners
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Powerslave NWoBHM
IRON MAIDEN
Buy this album from our partners
Are You Experienced? Proto-Metal
JIMI HENDRIX
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Alive Again Metalcore
SHALLOW TRUTHS
Buy this album from MMA partners
Pale Mare II Sludge Metal
PALE MARE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Elements Progressive Metal
THOUGHTS FACTORY
Buy this album from MMA partners
Gigaton Metal Related Genres
PEARL JAM
Buy this album from MMA partners
Run Riot Thrash Metal
OUTRAGE
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Metal Online Videos

More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us

Buy Metal Music Online