Several members of New Found Glory have long been involved in hardcore side-projects, but kept NFG around presumably to make a living. The band's never so much as hinted at a hardcore background, but here they mix these sounds to surprising effect.
The melodic punk veterans cast their technical prowess aside to unearth a refreshing, stripped down sound on their new EP, Black Out the Sky.
It's difficult to put into words what makes this album so great. In terms of verbiage, it doesn't look so unique on paper - fast hi-hat and ride cymbal hits, dual-harmonized guitar harmonies, both trademarks of that OC hardcore sound; fast melodic hardcore music mostly consisting of distorted power chords with a vocal style somewhere between carrying a melody and yelling.
T.S.O.L.'s Dance With Me finds the band halfway between transitioning from their hardcore punk roots to full-on deathrock. It may come off as the band having a slight identity crisis - the band often oscillates between straight early-'80's SoCal hardcore punk and being legit progenitors of the deathrock sub-genre, but it isn't a half-hearted attempt.
Fear were the promise for a genre that never fully reached its potential: Fear can play their instruments; Lee Ving can actually sing; the lyrics are offensive. Even (or especially) by today's standards; there's a lot of variety; the recording sounds good. Fear proved you can make interesting music built around a framework of hardcore punk.
According to my actual 2010 self! It's time to take another trip down memory lane.
According to my actual 2009 self!
Angel Du$t's Rock the Fuck on Forever is a unique entry in hardcore's canon. Imagine if you will, the Ramones - keeping the melodic hooks and raw sound in mind, except instead of the band looking to The Beach Boys and '50's Rock N' Roll for inspiration, look towards modern hardcore and several era's of rock-based pop music.
The British experimental mathcore outfit returns with their fifth full-length effort, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It; a grand display of pristine musicianship, intricate songwriting, and raw emotion.
Before Rage Against the Machine, Zack de la Rocha was raging in a legitimate metallic hardcore band Inside Out. One of the progenitors of this mixture of genres, in fact.
The ‘90’s were arguably the second golden age for punk rock. Leaning more to the melodic side than previous iterations, punk hit the mainstream for nearly an entire decade with several very high-profile releases.
When it comes to metallic hardcore, Incendiary’s Thousand Mile Stare is one of the finest of its kind.