Metalcore (English Metalcore) - a hybrid musical genre located at the junction of extreme metal and hardcore punk and combining their elements. The name is a combination of the names of the two genres forming it.
The metalcore appeared in the second half of the 1980s when bands such as Agnostic Front and Cro-Mags, which distinguished themselves from the cross-thrash scene, and performers of the second wave of hardcore Hogan's Heroes, Converge, Hatebreed, Earth Crisis and Snapcase, began to experiment with a heavier sound, adding elements of extreme metal to your music. The influence of alternative music or post-hardcore is also noted. In the early 2000s, performers of the second wave of metalcore were influenced by emo and pop music. From the hardcore, the metalcore took over breakdowns and screaming, and from metal, it played high-speed drumming (including blast beats) and heavy technical guitar riffs.
The early metalcore was influenced by the hardcore punk subculture, which means that its performers adhered to the main ideologies of the punk movement - social and political freedom, straight age, DIY. Until the late 1990s, the genre was mostly underground. Serious commercial success came to the metalworker in the first half of the 2000s when bands such as Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, All That Remains and Avenged Sevenfold went beyond their subculture and fell into mainstream. Metalcore has replaced nu metal, and is currently the most popular and commercially successful genre on the metal scene. Also, along with melodic hardcore and post-hardcore, metalcore is one of the most successful branches of hardcore.
Among the metalcore performers there are also groups with female extreme vocals: The Agonist, In This Moment, Eyes Set to Kill, Jinjer, Walls of Jericho, Oathbreaker. Among the metalcore performers there are also groups with female extreme vocals: The Agonist, In This Moment, Eyes Set to Kill, Jinjer, Walls of Jericho, Oathbreaker.
Christianity is also very common in the theme of metalcore songs. Bands such as The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, Texas in July, Oh, Sleeper and Norma Jean combine Christian metal and Christian hardcore in their work. Unlike extreme metal, metalcore songs are more positive with a lesser tinge of cruelty in the lyrics.
Metalcore bands are influenced differently by hardcore punk and metal. So, for example, the early metalcore bands Shai Hulud, Judge, Born, Integrity, Hogan’s Heroes, Deadguy and Earth Crisis, who left the punk scene, were more inclined towards hardcore in their musical style. Modern mainstream metalcore bands Killswitch Engage, Underoath, All That Remains, Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Bullet for My Valentine, I Killed the Prom Queen and The Devil Wears Prada are heavily influenced by metal.