Metalcore

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

Metalcore, a portmanteau of metallic hardcore, is a fusion sub-genre of heavy metal. The genre is a diverse blend of a number of elements, melding the genre’s roots in hardcore punk with death metal and and thrash metal. The genre saw its beginnings in the late 80s when bands such as Integrity, Earth Crisis, and Converge began to fuse elements of the hardcore punk scene with the heavy metal and thrash metal scene. Metalcore is not the first metal-hardcore hybrid, and a distinction is made between metalcore and crossover thrash, which is a hybrid of thrash metal and hardcore punk, but which, unlike metalcore which is broader in scope, focuses on a number of specific elements from both genres.

These bands began to develop a similar style, with linear compositions with aggressive verses and melodic chorus with an emphasis on breakdowns, where the music slows and becomes much heavier, which is conducive to moshing and head banging. Breakdowns are generally considered as the defining element of metalcore. From 1989 to 1995, this style of music exploded in popularity in the underground metal community. After 1995, numerous bands began to put more emphasis on melody in their metalcore, fusing more melodic death metal, post-hardcore, and occasionally emo elements into their music. By the late 90s and early 2000s, many metalcore bands had attained a very popular status, with bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, and Atreyu enjoying popularity outside of the normal metalcore scene and successful album sales.

Much of the metalcore genre has a similar and distinct style, which is based upon intense vocal work, much of which is either screamed or growled, and some artists combine these with clean melodic vocals in choruses and other passages, heavy and often at times technical instrumentation with a heavy emphasis on down-tuned, palm muted guitar and double bass-based drumming, and a heavy emphasis on breakdowns and solos. Although some bands are exceptions to this style, the vast majority of metalcore bands share this similar style.

A number of distinct sub-genres of metalcore have emerged over the years, the most prominent being deathcore, mathcore, melodic metalcore and electronicore / trancecore. All have their own child-subs on MMA.

Mathcore emerged in the mid-90s with the work of bands such as Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Botch, is the fusion of elements of math rock, which is rock based on complex time signatures, rhythms, and instrumentation, and metal genres such as thrash metal, death metal, and metalcore itself. This genre has a heavy emphasis on speed, aggressiveness, and intense instrumentation.

Deathcore, which emerged in the early 2000s, is another sub-genre of metalcore which fuses elements of hardcore punk and death metal.

Melodic Metalcore can also be called out as a subgenre with acts like Avenged Sevenfold and Killswitch Engage and other acts who mix hardcore punk with melodic death metal.

Electronicore / Trancecore / Synthcore emerged in the 2000s, melding metalcore and post-hardcore with electronic elements. The style was made popular by bands such as Attack Attack!, Crossfaith, Enter Shikari and The Browning.

Another electronic / metalcore hybrid that has gained some recognition is Nintendocore. Nintendocore fuses chiptune and video game music with modern hardcore punk and heavy metal and was pioneered by groups such as Horse the Band. Increasingly non-Nintendocore bands are utilising the style too as it has become more maintream.

Progressive Metalcore can also be called out as a distinct style, which some include under mathcore, while others distinguish between mathcore and progressive metalcore, with mathcore emphasising technicality and progressive metalcore displaying progressive traits without necessarily being technical. Many progressive metalcore bands describe their music as "djent".

A small but increasingly common style of metalcore is a combination with nu-metal, often called Nu-Metalcore. These bands will be found under metalcore or nu-metal, depending on which style they are closer to.

Metalcore bands such as Winds of Plague and Across the Sun have begun to incorporate symphonic elements into their style, suggesting the rise of yet another metalcore subgenre - namely, symphonic metalcore (with its corresponding symphonic deathcore).

Metalcore Inclusive Genres:

deathcore electronicore mathcore melodic-metalcore nintendocore


Written by Andyman1125 with embellishment from the Metal Music Archives admin team.

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

metalcore top albums

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

A DAY TO REMEMBER Homesick Album Cover Homesick
A DAY TO REMEMBER
4.79 | 5 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
IN THIS MOMENT Beautiful Tragedy Album Cover Beautiful Tragedy
IN THIS MOMENT
4.86 | 3 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
TRIVIUM Ascendancy Album Cover Ascendancy
TRIVIUM
4.31 | 22 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
TRIVIUM The Sin And The Sentence Album Cover The Sin And The Sentence
TRIVIUM
4.34 | 12 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
CONVERGE All We Love We Leave Behind Album Cover All We Love We Leave Behind
CONVERGE
4.34 | 11 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Colors Album Cover Colors
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
4.23 | 58 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN One Of Us Is The Killer Album Cover One Of Us Is The Killer
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
4.28 | 16 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
SIKTH The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait For Something Wild Album Cover The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out Wait For Something Wild
SIKTH
4.33 | 10 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
PROTEST THE HERO Kezia Album Cover Kezia
PROTEST THE HERO
4.25 | 19 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
PROTEST THE HERO Volition Album Cover Volition
PROTEST THE HERO
4.28 | 12 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Disarm the Descent Album Cover Disarm the Descent
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
4.33 | 8 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
TRIVIUM Shogun Album Cover Shogun
TRIVIUM
4.21 | 27 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!

metalcore online videos

metalcore New Releases

.. Album Cover
Anomy
Album
ANXIETY ADDICTION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
II: Inferius
EP
LIVING MACHINES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Genocide
Single
LIVING MACHINES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Rise Of Lucifur
Album
LITTERBOX MASSACRE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dude, Where's My Collar?
Single
LITTERBOX MASSACRE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Indwell
Album
METHWITCH
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Bed Full Of Snakes
Single
METHWITCH
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Eternal Lords
Album
BREAKDOWNS AT TIFFANY'S
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Gnozis
Album
NEVER PREY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Welcome To The Crown
Single
NEVER PREY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Drag Me Down
Album
CABAL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Silicon Nitride
Album
SYDNEY FATE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Broken Mirror
Single
CONSEQUENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Evil Inside
Single
CONSEQUENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Four Years
Single
CONSEQUENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Collapsed Home
Album
CONSEQUENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Paramount
Single
AUGUST BURNS RED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Bones
Single
AUGUST BURNS RED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Defender
Single
AUGUST BURNS RED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Guardians
Album
AUGUST BURNS RED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Alive Again
Album
SHALLOW TRUTHS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
War
Album
VATICAN FALLING
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Priestess Of Blood
Single
VATICAN FALLING
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Misfit
Album
NIOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Paranoia
Single
NIOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Pathos
Album
BLACKSOUND
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Mannequin
Single
BLACKSOUND
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Misery
Album
SILENCE BEFORE THE STORM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Alone In Flames
EP
SILENCE BEFORE THE STORM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Awaken
EP
NORTHAVEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Tr3S (English Edition)
Album
PROJECT46
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Unto Leviathan
Album
ARDRA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
To Walk With Fire
Single
ARDRA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dominion
Single
ARDRA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Behold The Key
Album
ZAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Terraphage
Album
OVID'S WITHERING
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Devolution
Album
LET ME FALL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Cultural Condition
EP
HALLOW 14
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hosticide
Single
HALLOW 14
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hellzone
Single
HALLOW 14
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dear Leader
Single
HALLOW 14
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Radical
Single
HALLOW 14
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Veins Of Gold
Single
HALLOW 14
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Netherwalk (Instrumental)
Album
ENTER THE VORTEX
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The World Painted Oblivion
Album
MIXING WITHIN THE BRAIN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Wild Gods (Instrumental)
Album
THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Glamour & Gloom
Album
TENSIDE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Drown My Faith
Album
ESCAPE THE MADNESS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Better Off Dead
Single
ESCAPE THE MADNESS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Deafening Silence
Album
ONE STEP FROM THE EDGE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Buried Alive
Album
AKTHESIS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sulfur Surrounding
Single
CODE ORANGE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Swallowing The Rabbit Whole
Single
CODE ORANGE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Underneath
Single
CODE ORANGE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sabbath Fleddy Sabbath
Album
FLEDDY MELCULY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Of Truth & Sacrifice
Album
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Maximum Sacrifice
Promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Eradicate
Single
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
My Heart And The Ocean
Single
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Weakness Leaving My Heart
Single
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Protector
Single
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Aurora
Album
MEDIAN (ITALY-2)
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Lightbringer
Album
WHATDRIVESTHEWEAK
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Survive
Single
WHATDRIVESTHEWEAK
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Amaranthe
Album
SUNQUAKE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Amaranthe
Single
SUNQUAKE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Shattered
Album
ABIGAILS AFFAIR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Shattered
Single
ABIGAILS AFFAIR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
New World Disorder
Album
TONIGHT WE STAND
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Reach
Album
A FEW LEFT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sinner
Album
DEATHBEDS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Enough Isn't Enough
Single
DEATHBEDS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Crisis
Album
BURY THE ROD
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Furnace Of Eight Divisions
Single
BURY THE ROD
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Rebirth
Album
A REASON TO BEGIN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Greyview
Album
INVENT ANIMATE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Psyche Persuade
Album
WAR OF PAIN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sight Unscene
Album
SIGHT UNSCENE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Circle Of Repeat
Album
INNOCENT VOICE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Decay
Album
PAINSCALE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Calamity
Album
SUFFERIZE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Nexus
Album
APEIRO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Immanent [Part I]
Single
APEIRO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Scent Of Descent
Single
APEIRO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Heaven's Shape
Single
APEIRO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Lumea
Single
APEIRO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Oblivion
Single
APEIRO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
[Delay] - [Extend]
Single
APEIRO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Black Fur
Single
APEIRO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Presence
Single
APEIRO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Divination
Album
ATLAS OF ELYSIAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Everything Between Us
Album
BEHIND BLUE EYES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Underneath
Album
CODE ORANGE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Bad Blood
Album
FALLCIE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Crimson King (The Complete Collection)
Boxset / Compilation
THE WIDOW JENKINS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sweet Eternity
Single
ELYNE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Art Of Being Human
Album
ELYNE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Luftslottet
Single
ARTIFICIAL SKY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Paradise
Single
ARTIFICIAL SKY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Echoes
Single
ARTIFICIAL SKY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Luftslottet
Album
ARTIFICIAL SKY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Born Dead
Album
DISTORTED VISIONS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Harakiri
Single
DISTORTED VISIONS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Paranoia
Single
DISTORTED VISIONS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Extinction
Album
DAYS OF RUIN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Immersed In Ire
Single
VISCERA (UK-2)
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Obsidian
Album
VISCERA (UK-2)
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Resilience
Album
ROTTEN SYNTROPY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Plaguewraiths
Album
VØID (MS)
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Legion: The Fall
Album
THE CONTRADICTION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Nobody Exists On Purpose
Album
NOBODY EXISTS ON PURPOSE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Crusades Against Hell
Album
FIRE FROM HEAVEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Sleeper Awakes
Album
HENRIETTE B
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Flesh, Steel, Victory...
Album
SEED OF PAIN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Follow Me
Single
TUXEDOO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Unfold Your Brain
Album
TUXEDOO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
A Lunar Rose
Album
SAVIOUR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Anti-Utopia
Album
DOOMNATION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Descent Into Darkness
Album
THE QUANTUM POSSESSION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Planetary Annihilation
Album
NEPTUNUS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Nomad
Album
BEYOND THIS RIFT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Tragedies
Album
DEATH OF A POET
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Mordrake
Album
XENOBIOTIC
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Hurt Sets In
Album
IBEX
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Avant​-​Garbage
Album
THE MOTION MOSAIC
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hypermania ‎
Single
POLARIS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Death Of Me
Album
POLARIS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Conquer From Within
Album
SORTOUT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Pray
Single
FLAT EARTH SOCIETY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Friends Are Temporary, Ego Is Forever
Album
FLAT EARTH SOCIETY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hello There
Album
SAVING VICE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Monomania
Album
THE WORD ALIVE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Monomania
Single
THE WORD ALIVE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
As Days Go By
Album
DEEP DOWN THE SOUL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Willow
Album
REFLECTIONS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Help
Single
REFLECTIONS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Samsara
Single
REFLECTIONS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Orphan Stomper
Album
ORPHAN STOMPER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Shape Of Life
Album
INSTILLED IN ME
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
JFC
Single
FILTH (NC)
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Lorn Echoes
Album
VICTIMS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Oppressor
Single
NORTHERN LIGHTS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hopes And Disillusions
Album
NORTHERN LIGHTS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Before
Album
OBSIDIAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Static Waves
Single
OBSIDIAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Psyching Out Mentality
Album
PSYCHOTIC OUTSIDER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Us Against The World
Album
TASTE MY SWEET REVENGE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Chaos
Album
DREAM ESCAPE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Stay
Single
DREAM ESCAPE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Become The Hunter
Album
SUICIDE SILENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
God Made Hell
Album
STAIN THE CANVAS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Rise.
Album
US VERSUS THEM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Promesus
Album
SHRIKE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Fallacy
Album
CALL TO ARMS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Of Fire In Me
Album
ALKYMIA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Let It Take Its Course
Album
ORTHODOX
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
There Will Be No Rest
Album
ADRIAAAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
A Memoir Of Free Will
Album
KROSIS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Reason For Being
Album
M-SCHAB
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Unholy Summoning
Album
NØNVIABLE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Violent Relapse
Album
VIOLENT RELAPSE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Power Through Terror
Album
GREAT AMERICAN GHOST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Vol. III
EP
AMORTAL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Ascender
Single
AMORTAL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Detener El Tiempo
EP
AMORTAL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Amortal
EP
AMORTAL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dreams
Album
VOJI
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Against The Currents
Album
LA COMMUNE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Orange County
Album
THE (JOHN) CANDY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
New Age // Old Habits
Album
ATERRA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
A Natural Retaliation
Album
AS THEY ARRIVE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Blood / Sweat / Tears
EP
BAD BLOOD EXHAUST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Demons
Single
BAD BLOOD EXHAUST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Animus
Album
ROYAL DECEIT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Bite The Curb
Single
ROYAL DECEIT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Pariah
Single
ROYAL DECEIT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Mind Haven
Album
MAKE MY DAY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
This Heavy Void
Album
BODYSNATCHER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Immortal
Album
LORNA SHORE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Discórdia
Album
ACRÓSTICA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Lucid Connection (2020)
Album
DESOLATE BLIGHT
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Catharsis
Album
I DELUSIONIST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Watch The Collapse
Album
WEIGHT BEARER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Of Wild Growth And Pestilence
Album
WALL OF THE FALLEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Stars Of Solitude
Single
WALL OF THE FALLEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Of Wild Growth
Single
WALL OF THE FALLEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
M!nd
Album
TO HEAVEN EARTH IS HELL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Viva The Underdogs
Live album
PARKWAY DRIVE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Tear Apart Tear Down
Album
TANTRUM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Wake Of Tragedy
Album
WRATH UPON EDEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
A.D.
Album
DEALEY PLAZA
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Pillars
Album
BECOMING THE BULLY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
All We Have
Album
PROSPECTIVE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
I: Empath
Album
GRAVEBLOOM
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Penny Dreadful
Album
CLAY AND FIRE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Everything's Dead
Album
NOSTALGIC MEMORIES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sense Of Purpose
Album
AGONY (SC)
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sepik
Album
SEPIK
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Human
EP
SHADOW GHOST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Wasteland
Album
PANDOCALYPTIC JUNKYARD
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Vórtice
Album
DRAGO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Mares
Album
DHËRMIC
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Desolation
Album
ONE VOTE FOR VIOLENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Weltunter
Album
VERDERVER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sheep (Instrumental Version)
Album
DEAD IN A MEADOW
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sheep
Album
DEAD IN A MEADOW
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Cannibal
Single
BURY TOMORROW
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Schwarz Oder Rot
Album
THE WAY OF PURITY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Akuma
Album
MY IMMORTAL ENEMY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hunger Made Man
Album
CHILD OF WASTE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hash Slinging Slasher
Album
HASH SLINGING SLASHER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Attempting Betterment
EP
IN DYING HOURS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
After Death
Album
NIGHTMARES (NY)
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sleeping Dogs
Album
DEAD HOUR NOISE
Buy this album from MMA partners

metalcore Music Reviews

OXX The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance

Album · 2019 · Mathcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kev Rowland
I must confess to not knowing a great deal about this Danish band apart from they are a trio and I think this is their third full-length album. With a title such as ‘The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance’, one expects this to be a little out of the norm and that is certainly the case. I have seen them categorised with different tags, with mathcore and hardcore featuring quite prominently and while they are much more to the former to the latter they are also quite experimental and I would love for someone to call them progressive, so perhaps I will have to be the one to do it. Although in this case we are talking about truly progressing music as opposed to regurgitating Genesis. Massively complex musical threads and time signatures have been woven together to create something powerful which never loses its edge, just like Damascus steel.

There is no room between any of the lines for anything to be inserted, and then the trio take a break to allow a lead guitar break or ask a poor saxophonist to make himself heard above the melee. It is intense, massively over the top, and one can only imagine a performance by these guys must be all-encompassing and also quite short as there is no way they can keep up this level of energy for a significant period of time. Mathcore is being pushed to its very limits here and the listener is quite drained by the end of it, but in a positive manner. It needs to be played loudly, so consequently the gentle melodic break in the middle of the title track (which is not only the final song on the album but also the longest at 5:58) is something of a surprise and shows just how intense and heavy it has been up to that point. 27 minutes, just seven songs, powerful indeed.

RINGS OF SATURN Embryonic Anomaly

Album · 2010 · Deathcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
Deathcore is an interesting subgenre of extreme metal that mixes death metal guitar riffs and blastbeats with metalcore breakdowns and was inspired by the ferocity of early brutal death metal bands like Suffocation and Dying Fetus but took things up a few notches. While bands like Antagony and Despised Ion got the ball rolling in the early 2000s, it was only a matter of time before these types of acts started to hybridize with other genres including progressive rock and lo and behold, it didn’t take long at all for bands like Veil of Maya and Born of Osiris to crank out some bonafide progressive deathcore however they weren’t the only game in town and there have been quite a few bands to emerge in their wake.

One such band is RINGS OF SATURN that formed in the San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose suburb of Dublin, CA in 2009 as a studio only project by Lucas Mann (guitar, bass, keyboards), Brent Silletto (drums) and Peter Pawlak on vocals who were only ages 16 to 18 and still in high school at this point. While the band would expand its lineup, it was this core trio who wrote and recorded this debut album EMBRYONIC ANOMALY which emerged the following year. This debut, the only album to feature Pawlak on vocals before his departure pretty much set the stage for the band’s growing popularity in this field of extreme metal. With lyrics based on extraterrestrial life and outer space, RINGS OF SATURN crafted a unique hybridization of deathcore and progressive metal along with the more astute virtuosic wizardry associated with technical death metal.

While many such deathcore albums can be a noisy affair which is what true metalheads like them for, more often than not many bands can also fall into the sea of mediocrity with no redeeming features to help them stand out from the excessive crowded club. No such case with RINGS OF SATURN on EMBRYONIC ANOMALY as this band found a few ways of standing out from the getgo. While the band cranks out all the expected death metal rampaging guitar riffs with incessant blastbeats bantering away along with beastly guttural growls, these guys also make ample use of silence with staccato palm muted riffing as well as technical soloing and angular time signature assaults that add a touch of brutal prog to the already caustic metal ambush. There are also moments of jazzy interludes that bring tech jazz-metal wizards like Atheist to mind at key moments but mostly these guys manage to weave a noisy tapestry of dissonant deathcore angst with enough varying elements to make this is pleasant experience for my ears.

At times this band has some seriously mathcore-ish chops and remind me of Psyopus with guitar wizardry whizzing up and down the fretboard while other times guitar stomps punctuated by silence offer brief moments of reflection on the incessant stampede of freneticism that sounds impressive considering this is a mere trio of high school kids! Many of the neoclassical guitar solos mixed with the death metal aspects reminds me a bit of Necrophagist but the metalcore breakdowns keep this from sputtering out in that direction. I’m impressed by Pawlak’s vocals as well as he manages to venture beyond the one-dimensionality of guttural growls and provides some serious screams that have some octave range. There are a few atmospheric moments that make use of the keys but mostly this is a metal moshpit inducing eruption of energetic overflow. Deathcore is one of those styles of metal that you either love or hate and by adding progressive elements may make some hate it even more but i’m quite impressed with this debut by RINGS OF SATURN as it has a dizzying display of youthful angst with the unexpected depth of more seasoned professionals.

THE BEAST REMADE Worship The Beast

Album · 2013 · Deathcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
Female fronted deathcore from Mexico is not something you encounter every day but that’s exactly what you’ll hear with THE BEAST REMADE which comes from the northwestern city of Hermosillo comfortably located in the arid Sonoran desert near the Gulf of California. This is a five piece deathcore band that consists of Marko García (guitars), Ariel Olea (guitars), Martin Llanez (bass), Jose "Gordo" Romero (drums) and the very un-lady-like charm of Lucía Romero on vocals.

THE BEAST INSIDE is a satisfying slice of melodic deathcore with all the wicked rage you would expect only kept in the accessible zone with an underlying string of melodic hooks that while often obfuscated by the core infused fury of the deathened bombast that sails at full speed, nevertheless exhibits nice breaks from the status quo with slower thrash metal riffing extravaganzas laced with difficult listening time signatures and occasional neoclassical solos. Not exactly progressive but often hints at that direction.

Perhaps the most obvious comparison will be with Arch Enemy’s most arguable death metal diva Alissa White-Gluz as Lucía Romero captures the same untamed beast qualities with her shrill higher register screams. On the musical side of the equation, THE BEAST REMADE evokes a sense of The Black Dahlia Murder with its incessant mix of death metal and metalcore sensibilities. So far THE BEAST REMADE has only released this sole album which only just extends past the 31 minute mark.

While deathcore can be a one-dimensional rage machine which gets fairly monotonous, WORSHIP THE BEAST provides a melancholic piano “Intro” and likewise a similar “Outro.” In between the core values are firmly exercised but the intermissions into slower passages and other metal styles keeps this one from stagnating however the vocals never stray into clean territory as Romero always remains in She-Hulk territory. With compelling riffs, exuberant energetic delivers and a nice mixing it up of things without losing the deathcore focus of things, WORSHIP THE BEAST is a really nice debut that points to a promising followup which i would hope will emerge at some disclosed future date.

CAR BOMB Centralia

Album · 2007 · Mathcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
Formed on Long Island, New York the mathcore band CAR BOMB didn’t waste any time crafting a totally obnoxious fusion of metalcore bombast with progressive rock complexities. After a couple demos, the quartet of Michael Dafferner (lead vocals), Elliot Hoffman (drums), Greg Kubacki (guitar) and Jon Modell (bass) set out to create the loudest and most abrasive musical output they could muster up and on the debut CENTRALIA which was named after an utterly doomed town in Pennsylvania that was abandoned after an underground mine fire, these hyperactive and over-imaginative freaks pretty much succeeded.

Mathcore is a challenging and difficult listening experience for sure. Absolutely everything is wrapped with the sonic equivalent of barbed wire and only accessible for those with Ankylosaur armor, however it is impossible to dismiss CAR BOMB as mere noise makers no matter what your musical proclivities happen to be. This is a serious band that as over the top as it may be, engages in highly nuanced and sophisticated slabs of iron plated metal music that excels at an equal ratio of bombast turned way past 11 and unpredictability calling its bluff and upping it one hundred and elevenfold. The results are enough to wake the dead and to kill the living.

While mathcore got its start in the New York based Lethargy all the way back in 1992 with Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor in the mix, the most irritating subgenre of metal has become, well, even more irritating as time goes on! Yep, it’s all about maximizing the most extreme forms of music and taking them even further, EVEN further than the comfort zone of most self-proclaimed metalheads. Add a heaping mix of progressiveness to the mix and you have something that will instantly suffocate the uninitiated and make all the non-open-minded ones of the world instantly run for cover as this stuff is the equivalent of a nuclear attack in the musical world!

With tags like technical, complex, heavy, aggressive, dissonant, energetic, manic, uncommon time signatures, dark, hateful, pessimistic, misanthropic and arhythmic, you know you’re in for one heckuva ride with CAR BOMB. Clocking in at a merciful 32 minutes, CENTRALIA is a non-stop metal bombast ride through extremely aggressive sonic assaults. The music is relentless as pummeling guitars, bass and drums are accompanied by the most hardcore screamed vocals that Dafferner can force out of his throat. Not overly far from what bands like Behold The Arctopus and Psyopus have to offer, CAR BOMB maintains its own distinct sound that offers a scant few moments of reflection with soft clean guitar passages but more often than not pummels the hell out of your senses with an incessant supply of start / stop guitar riffs decorated with unusually complex time sigs.

Graced with track titles such as “Cielo Drive” which refers to one of the locations of the morbid Manson Family killing sprees, you know what you’re in for with this brutal beast and at this stage CAR BOMB was merciless with one brutal arrhythmic assault after another and for that i am completely enamored with this completely anti-commercial display of aggressive and energetic parade through bombastic riffs and incessant orotundity. Every musician on this one is at the top of his game and as far as the most brutal extremes of mathcore without the complete surrender to atonality, then you can’t go wrong with CAR BOMB’s excellent debut album CENTRALIA. This is the stuff nightmares are made of. Don’t close your eyes, sunshine. You might be in the wrong CAAAAAAAAAR! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Atonement

Album · 2019 · Melodic Metalcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kingcrimsonprog
2019’s Atonement is the 3rd album since Jesse Leach rejoined the iconic metalcore band, Killswitch Engage. I’ll skip to the end right away and say this album is no disappointment. There are a bunch of new songs fit for any future KSE live sets or compilations.

The sound, performance and production are all top notch. More or less similar in quality to the past two albums. Sonically; it is crystal clear and perfectly produced. As classy as you can get without tipping over into overproduced. The band pound away with the same ratio of aggression and contemplation, and nail it perfectly.

Unusually for Killswitch, there is a guest vocal performance from an outisder, from Testament’s Chuck Billy. They add him over one of the thrashier songs (‘The Crownless King’) and he really suits the music. Also; in contrast to the outsider guest spot, and in a nice mirror to Jesse Leach’s guest vocal performance on The End Of Heartache, during the time that Howard Jones was the singer, now that Jesse is the singer, Howard Jones pops up here for a guest vocal performance, on the track ‘The Singal Fire.’

I’m not just saying it due to the above fact, but the best song on the album is definitely ‘The Signal Fire.’ Next time I see Killswitch I really hope they play it live.

Other highlights include the opener ‘Unleashed’ and ‘I Can’t Be The Only One’ (which I imagine will become a single and a live favourite). I am also rather fond of ‘Know You Enemy’ which channels Dimebag at times in the riffs, and the album closer ‘Bite The Hand That Feeds’ which is arguably the fastest and heaviest one on this album. There’s plenty of new songs to get excited about, and very little if any in the way of filler.

Initially I was a bit sceptical about this album before getting it, as they said it was their most diverse album to date, and then the first song they released from it, ‘I Am Broken Too’ wasn’t exactly a big rager like ‘In Due Time’ or ‘Strength Of The Mind’ or ‘This Is Absolution’ …and I feared that they might be loosing their touch. Luckily the album is not all in that style anyway. And furthermore, do you know what? The more I listen to that song, the more I like it. It may be a bit mid paced and overly earnest, but dammit if that chorus doesn’t sound better and better each time I play it. As long as there are ragers there too, it doesn’t hurt to have a calmer moment to break things up.

Overall; this is a very strong album and a welcome addition to the Killswitch catalogue. If you don’t like Killswitch already, it won’t change your mind, for all the media talk of it being their most diverse album, it pretty much sounds like modern Killswitch and nothing else for the majority of its duration, but if you like modern Killswitch you shant be disappointed, as it is an expertly performed, produced and written modern Killwitch album, and that’ll do just fine.

metalcore movie reviews

SHADOWS FALL Madness In Manila: Shadows Fall Live In The Philippines 2009

Movie · 2010 · Melodic Metalcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kingcrimsonprog
Madness In Manilla is a live DVD/CD combo released in 2010 by the Massachusetts based American Metalcore band Shadows Fall, which was recorded live at Summerslam Festival in the Philippines back in 2009. The performance features a career spanning sixteen-track setlist that is balanced and which covers all the band’s most well known material as well as a few less expected numbers for variety.

This DVD is a proper full-length concert video of a single concert, as opposed to how either their previous DVD, The Art Of Touring or for example Down’s Diary Of A Mad Band were set out. Luckily for most concert fans, the set isn’t interspersed with home video footage or animations either, just the live performance from beginning to end.

The band play on a large outdoor festival stage along to an incredibly detailed light show, with all sorts of rotating, panning and altering lights, spots and colour changes, as well as lots of dry ice.

The camerawork features lots of movement, with all sorts of cranes and dollys employed along with the usual camera crew, the whole operation is a lot more complex and professional than any of the band’s previously available live videos from bonus discs and such things.

You get a lot of coverage of the instruments being played which is always a plus for viewers who are musicians and a good cover of the band’s famously proficient drummer Jason Bitner. What you also get to see a lot of is singer Brian Fair windmilling his knee-length dreadlocks, which is an interesting sight all things considered.

Whilst there are a lot of positives to be said about the visuals, there are some issues in the shot matching, occasional framing problems and the dry ice can effect the picture quality, it switches from incredibly high resolution shots on cranes and not so great images on handhelds. Furthermore the menus are cheap looking and basic so it isn’t as absolutely perfect as some bigger band’s festival DVDs or equally sized band’s indoor concert DVDs, but is still a strong release overall.

Standout tracks include the furious performance of early classic ‘Crushing Belial,’ which is opened with an enthusiastic yet expletive description of its epic status by Brian, which gives you a good idea of the energy and attitude that then goes into the ensuing performance. Other highlights include the Grammy nominated set closer ‘Redemption’ as well as the newer track ‘War’ which hammers away at a relentless pace.

Additionally; there are bonus features, which include four more live videos for ‘The Light That Blind,’ ‘Redemption,’ ‘Venous’ and ‘Thoughts Without Words,’ from Japan, The Philippines and Korea respectively, although the quality obviously isn’t as high as the main feature.

The sound and mix are great, so judging the product overall; the only real problems with the DVD apart from the previous mentioned visuals are subjective problems with Shadows Fall in general. If for example, you think their material is samey then sixteen tracks in a row may be a bit much for you, and similarly if you are used to their super-polished studio sound, then the live backing vocals or clean sections may well sound odd or strangely out of place.

Otherwise however, Madness In Manilla is a very good release from Shadows Fall that I would definitely recommend to fans. Due to its high sound quality and expansive setlist, it would make a fine introduction to the band for newcomers as well.

Artists with Metalcore release(s)