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Metalcore Isn’t Dead

RIP Metalcore

On our first edition of the Heavy Pod Is Heavy Cast, editors and all round fine gents Noyan and Eden discussed how the metalcore genre had fallen out of the limelight, mentioning that the genre itself was maybe even dead. Now, this is not the first or last time that I will disagree with them and as a huge fan of the genre and all of its spin offs and subgenres, I felt like I needed to throw in my handful of change. 2015 is definitely not 2005, where Killswitch Engage, Unearth, All That Remains and As I Lay Dying reigned supreme; melodic metalcore I know, but we’ll get to that. You just have to look at the Sound Of The Underground tour packages “back in the day” to twig just how different the popular metal scene is today. No matter how hard mainstream metal is trying to piss me off by slapping the metalcore tag onto anything harsher than a Lady Gaga fragrance, I will continue to defend metalcore.

Have a quick look at this Alternative Press “Future of Metalcore” article and you’ll see why I felt so inclined to defend the genre. Beartooth, Motionless In White, Memphis May Fire. When did metalcore ever look and sound this manicured and maintained? No, I refuse to let this lot be the poster children for metalcore. Throw back to Converge, Botch and Poison The Well, twisting and shaping metallic hardcore into what it would eventually become, paving the way for the likes of Killswitch, God Forbid and the rest of the NWOAHM (essentially a who’s who of popular metalcore of the day). Most of these bands I grew up seeing on Headbanger’s Ball (the Jasta version) are now gone, hibernating or now a global brand spitting out solid, if forgettable albums (KsE, I am looking right at you). What’s left of this once vibrant genre then? Well, where should I start?

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A Very Personal Interview with Periphery: This Time It’s Heavy!

Few current day bands seem to divide the heavy music community, let alone Heavy Blog’s readers and contributors, like Periphery, and few musicians are as controversial and as outspoken as the band’s mastermind, Misha Mansoor.  So when the band was recently in Melbourne for the Soundwave festival, I jumped at the chance to sit down with Misha and vocalist Spencer Sotelo for an extended chat regarding, amongst other things, their views on their expansive social media footprint and the utility of modern production techniques, as well as a world first exclusive insight into the definitive meaning behind their recently released video to ‘Scarlet‘. To be warned, this interview clocks in at around 6000 words, so if you’ve got a few minutes to spare, check out our interview below!

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