Splintering off from punk-rock in the s, hardcore took the toughest edges of punk and fashioned them into a bludgeoning device. Brighton bunch Dead Swans channelled the confusion of young love and mental illness into heart-rending, ear-splitting audible imperfection on their debut. There are few conversations that are sure to ignite arguments in the modern hardcore community quite like which of the Frank Carter-era Gallows records was superior. No shit. Do not let the media, schools, institutions, influence you. We are one family, one people.
Top 20 rising hardcore bands you need to hear right now
The 50 Best American Hardcore Bands Right Now — Kerrang!
By , the writing was on the wall: Punk rock might have been making headlines, but it wasn't moving units. The industry responded with the skinny tie bands, retroactively labeled New Wave, a safer, more accessible take on the back-to-basics energy of punk. The street reacted by buzzing its collective head, throwing out the fashion designers and putting the musicians in the driver's seat. The result was a rawer, tougher, more stripped down form of punk known as hardcore. See also: The 20 Worst Hipster Bands. With their acclaimed release Relationship of Command , Texan golden boys At The Drive In did the impossible — they created a crossover hardcore album nearly anyone could enjoy. With trippy, complex guitar work and powerful vocals courtesy of frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Relationship of Command was the north star for post-hardcore bands that followed.
The Best Hardcore Punk Bands
Breakdowns, blast beats and hard-hitting riffs: Now more than ever, hardcore bands are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. With the hardcore scene branching into a wide range of other genres from death metal to indie rock and everything in between, a new wave of hardcore bands are bringing a fresh perspective to an already wide-reaching genre. Here are 20 of the best newer acts bringing bold sounds you need to check out. Their breakdowns point toward bands such as Hatebreed and Throwdown, but they manage to bring in some melodic elements without weakening their sound in the slightest. Beefy breakdowns are in abundance, but they also toss in an occasional dissonant riff for good measure to expand their musical palette.
Earlier this year, our U. This, of course, resulted in us having to disqualify plenty of talented acts, as well as a lot of teeth gnashing among Internet historians and scene veterans. For both America and hardcore, the times are changing, with unorthodox opinions and previously-marginalized voices rising to the surface within the scene. The band must be still actively playing shows, releasing albums. The band may have metal influences, but must be discernibly hardcore or have hardcore punk roots.