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?