Comeback Kid – Outsider

The thing about old hardcore bands is that they kind of never really die. There is inevitably some festival or other, especially these days, that will invite X or Y legendary hardcore band to get the kids to circle pit and stage-dive one more time all while pointing to the sky and shouting along unintelligibly to, usually, lyrics about how important it is to stand on your own two feet, rise above some aspect or another of society, and be true to yourself. There is a reason for this, though, and it’s because of a certain timelessness to the cliches that present themselves in what we think of when we call something “hardcore”.
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As I Lay Dying – Awakened

There's a reason that San Diego's As I Lay Dying remained ever-popular after the New Wave Of American Metal phase of metalcore waned in popularity. Throughout the genre's rise and saturation, the band managed to stand out with enough overall quality and personality to remain relevant into their sixth studio album a decade after their formation. What's even more telling of the band's longevity is that not only are they remaining relevant past their genre's expiration date, they continue to release albums without decay, something one could definitely not say about their contemporaries in Killswitch Engage and All That Remains. No, As I Lay Dying have surely earned their popularity, and they continue their exemplary career in their latest offering Awakened.