Metalcore derives its name and musical style from the combination of elements present in extreme metal styles and hardcore punk music. Laying down roots in the 80s with bands such as Suicidal Tendencies, it wasn’t until the 2000s that metalcore burst into the mainstream and achieved success. One of the most prominent bands to achieve this was Killswitch Engage with Alive or Just Breathing (2002) and two years later, The End of Heartache

The records signify a greater injection of metal influence into the subgenre and demonstrate some of the core characteristics of metalcore that have persevered, making metalcore one of the most popular current metal subgenres. Pounding guitar riffs alternate with catchy, melodic choruses and guitar solos. Within this subgenre there is a massive emphasis on crushing breakdowns that are heavily rhythmic. Metalcore also contains a great amount of vocal variety, including anything from clean singing, low-pitched growls and pitched screaming.

Notable artists:

Avenged Sevenfold

Killswitch Engage


As I Lay Dying

Bullet for My Valentine

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