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Deathcore, which emerged in the early 2000s, is a sub-genre of metalcore that fuses elements of hardcore punk and death metal. Deathcore is similar to metalcore musically, except it is generally heavier, with a stronger emphasis on blast beats, death metal growling vocals, and more intense breakdowns. The genre has enjoyed moderate popularity in the extreme metal scene.

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CRYPTOPSY The Unspoken King

Album · 2008 · Deathcore
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The Unspoken King is EASILY Cryptopsy's best album.

I came into the Cryptopsy fold with "Once Was Not" and was absolutely blown away. It's a maddening display of Cryptopsy's idiosyncratic Death Metal ways. I adore each and every Cryptopsy album. "The Unspoken King" simply has the most to offer. Other than Jon Levasseur's solos it has everything and more that the other albums have. Clean vocals, more groove and like 37 seconds of keyboards.

I am firm believer that when a band moves in one direction or another this is how you grow and keep things interesting. Making the same album 5 times is incredibly boring. To me this is a pretty decent jump in the forward moving progression of their sound though not wildly so (its not like they are rapping or playing ballads). For the life of me I cannot figure out who in gods name could consider this Deathcore. One of the very few genres I really can't get into at very least for the steroidal vocals and the simpleton breakdowns accompanied by a computer assisted bass drop in practically every goddamn song. Absolutely none of which is found on this pulverizing album.

Its more raging Death Metal at insane speeds with the best vocalist yet. Inhuman alternate picking, palm muting, tremolo picking, blastbeating, insane shred solos with sweeps and all the other Death Metal hallmarks. Plus the wickedly audible bass Cryptopsy has always lead the way with.

"Worship Your Demons" opens the album with a wildly aggressive blast beat that leads to a classic Cryptopsy style riff where guitar and bass are equally heard. The whole song screams Cryptopsy with the lead guitar shining by way of sweeps and tapping. Then "The Headsmen" comes in swinging hard with straight Cryptopsian attitude and simply tortured vocals. Ending with one of the shortest but coolest solo's since "None So Vile". After some cool Punk style riffing in "Anoint The Dead" it also lays waste to the fretboard with a solo of the highest order. "Leach" too opens with a Punk style riff followed by some classic speedy ass tremolo riffing.

Yes there is a sorta spoken word deal going on in "The Headsmen" and in the background of "Bemoan The Martyr", not at all far removed from "Pestilence That Walketh In Darkness" from the previous album. Which Lord Worm uses over a catchy chorus riff later in the song. The difference is that Matt can actually sing and does a badass but brief job of doing so on this ("Bemoan") and a few other tracks.

"The Plauged" and "Bound Dead" also have actual singing. Matt's vocal range is stunningly impressive and is tragically shorted to just this album thanks to the meat-headed blowback from neckbeards and hipsters screaming "sellouts". When the reality is Cryptopsy has enormous balls for taking such an artistic leap that is far and away the most memorable album.

"Contemplate Regicide" opens up with a very heavy yet groovy riff hauling balls and then goes into some tremolo picking and back to the groove before a mid-paced & highly catchy riff opens up with some gritty, clean vocals. This is followed by a brief piano interlude which adds a delightfully dark atmosphere. Ending on another killer solo. "Silence The Tyrants" also makes use of these atmospheric keys to great effect. The album ends on a pretty cool Faith No more style instrumental.

They have always had a Punk attitude tied into their Death Metal riffing style as well as finding a way to squeeze groove into insanely speedy riffing. The whole 5 minutes of singing on an album that's just under an hour. Plus the 2 songs with VERY brief keyboards does not make this album Deathcore. It's a Cryptopsy album in everyway considering the fact that they have always progressed in some way from one album to the next.

I still await the day they open the gates for Matts full vocal range to be unleashed upon the Feral Death Metal (the true genre they should be filed under) songs they craft. Until then 3 Mile Scream will fulfill some of my desires.

DESPISED ICON Purgatory

Album · 2019 · Deathcore
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"Purgatory" is the sixth full-length studio album by Canada, Montreal based deathcore act Despised Icon. The album was released through Nuclear Blast in November 2019. It´s the successor to "Beast" from July 2016.

Stylistically the material on "Purgatory" continue the deathcore style of "Beast" although I´d say "Purgatory" is a slightly more brutal release. "Beast" had a more immedate and simple hardcore influence to it, which "Purgatory" doesn´t possess (a song like "Vies D´Anges" features some of those elements, but it´s only a partial influence on that track). This is brutal, energetic, and crushingly heavy and groove laden deathcore with both death metal growling and ultra aggressive hardcore shouting (and the rare effect laden piggy squealing moment).

"Purgatory" features a powerful, clear sounding, and meaty sound production, which ensures that Despised Icon´s heavy riffs and beats hit as hard as possible. It´s a sound production which effectively increases the impact of the band´s already brutal and heavy music. Everything is delivered with militant precision and superiour technical skill, and there´s nothing to complain about in terms of the delivery of the music.

The songwriting is a bit more standard for the genre, but again it´s obvious that Despised Icon are veterans of the scene, and if anyone has the right to release a deathcore album which is somewhat generic in the songwriting department (and in the elements which the album are composed of), it´s them. A 3.5 (70%) rating is deserved.

ANTAGONY See Through These Eyes

Album · 2001 · Deathcore
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One of the San Francisco Bay Area’s pioneering underground extreme metal bands, ANTAGONY which formed in the East Bay suburb of Danville in 1996 is notable as one of the very first bands to fuse its early grindcore and metalcore styles with death metal which led to the oft loathed and misunderstood subgenre now called deathcore. With an initial run from 1996 to 2009, the band broke up and then reformed in 2019. Essentially forming in the ashes of the metalcore band Y.F.H, ANTAGONY already began to experiment with a bizarre mix of grindcore, post-hardcore, tribal drumming and doom metal on its earliest EPs.

SEE THROUGH THESE EYES was the band’s debut full-length released in 2001 and soon got the underground metal world’s attention which immediately led to the band playing with several better known acts ranging from Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation to Intronaut, Incantation, Dystopia, Obituary and many others. And rightfully so as the four members of the time (Nick Vasallo (guitar, vocals), Ben Orum (guitar, vocals), Justin Hughes (drums), Carlos Saldana (bass) really crafted something unique with this one. Unfortunately after the band’s Triangle of Hate tour of 2002, the band fell apart and never captured the same sound as on this debut.

SEE THROUGH THESE EYES is a mondo-freakish mix of Pig Destroyer styled grindcore, old school death metal and metalcore. The album is made all the more bizarre by slow plodding clean guitar parts that are creepily downtuned. The music is generally riff based existing somewhere in the world of grindcore or old school death metal but often in between. While some consider this the very first deathcore album, it’s not really a completely maturation of the style and sounds like a collective of elements just beginning to get acquainted and finding collaborative ways to mix and mingle at the party. Unusual for a “core” album, SEE THROUGH THESE EYES features many tempo changes, variations in guitar riffage and even a broader spectrum than usual for vocal styles. The one weak element on this album is the rather amateurish drumming which doesn’t match the musical potential.

Despite the album coming off as rather a DIY lo-fi garage project in many ways, the creativity is actually firing on all pistons making this a compelling slice of extreme metal that straddles the old school 90s and the early 21st century world of more technical and hybridized metal. It’s apparent quickly why these guys were quite the sensation live at this stage as they crank out their unique style in a highly energetic manic frenzy but allow slower brooding moments to let the dread and awe to creep back in. Unlike many brutal death metal bands and modern deathcore, this one is replete in variations in dynamics, metal styles and overall presentation. The vocals are quite extreme mostly shouted from under the din of the guitar, bass and drum attacks. Screams, growls, grunts and good old fashioned shouting changes things up. Sound samples add a bit of sonic variety as well.

I’m pretty enamored with this one as the band would get more polished with subsequent lineup changes. While i would have preferred a more competent drummer, the percussion is not horrible by any means and given the underground nature of this recording actually works on some levels. This lineup would soon splinter with Ben Orum moving on to form All Shall Perish and Justin Hughes going on to form Hacksaw To The Throat. Overall this is an amazing raw and filthy early deathcore experience that offers the element of surprise and a nice palette of musical motifs and ideas. A short moment in the band’s history that would never be repeated but a triumphantly successful one as far as extreme underground metal is concerned.

SUICIDE SILENCE You Can't Stop Me

Album · 2014 · Deathcore
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Released in 2014, Suicide Silence’s fourth album ‘You Can’t Stop Me” was the first without original lead vocalist Mitch Lucker who was killed in a motoboke crash in 2012, and the first to feature Hernan "Eddie" Hermida of All Shall Perish. Deathcore is a genre which seems to polarise quite a few people, and I note that Encyclopaedia Metallum do not include the genre on their site even though anyone who does not understand the subgenres of metal would think this should be there. For me it is still down to the band themselves and I have enjoyed some deathcore bands, and others not so much. I did once walk out of an event to get a beer when Suicide Silence were playing, not because I disliked the genre, but I disliked the band.

All the lyrics were written by Hermida apart from two (including the title) which were by Lucker, and it is obvious the band had a lot to prove with this album as it is always difficult to keep going when a key member dies, yet it is not unusual for a band to come back with their best ever release (think ‘Back In Black’). The stand out track on this is “Control” which features none other than George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher providing his dulcet tones which is strangely reminiscent on Dom Lawson on the live "Planet Smasher". There is a high energy throughout the album, and a great deal of complexity, but the band were obviously incredible conscious of paying homage to Mitch, and re-recorded "Ending Is the Beginning" from their debut EP with Hermida putting himself out there. I am not a huge fan of Suicide Silence, and am unlikely to change that based on this, but this is the best album of theirs I have come across and if like me you have rapidly passed them by then this may well be the place to start.

FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY Oh What the Future Holds

Album · 2022 · Deathcore
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The artwork may look pleasant at first glance, and the opening title cut may lead the unwary into a false sense of security, but we all know what FFAA are all about, and that is deathcore and here they have returned with their sixth album to pummel our senses yet again. What makes these guys stand out from the pack is not so much the powering rhythm section, or the three guitarists which know when to crunch or when to interweave, and not even Joe Badoloto who is such a towering presence on vocals but more with the way they use space within their music. The problem with many heavy bands is they only know how to keep turning it up to 11, not realizing that soon the senses are dulled, and what is the point of playing at 11 if the person at home only plays it on 2? There is a need for contrast which makes the heavy even heavier, the fast even quicker, the threat even more powerful, and on this album, they display an innate understanding of all of that.

It is no surprise to see this is already their most successful album to date, with strong chart success, as this feels just so good on so many levels. The music never stops moving, twisting into new directions, and due to the way they use space and mini breaks not only is one never sure where it is going to go next but the ears just get a chance to relax before being beaten up yet again. They throw in passages which are far more commercial, with normal singing, such as on “Two Towers” but there is always the sense of trepidation as one knows this is going to change dynamically, but as one does not know when the anticipation is always there. Deathcore rarely gets much better than this.

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