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Deathcore: An Evolution From Emotional Overload Back To Roots In Brutality.

People claim that deathcore isn't a genre, or is a pointless distinction from death metal, or whatever, and those people should shut up, because they're wrong and I'll fight them. Here's a little history lesson and some bands that I think stand out, and or are important in influencing deathcore.
1 The Early Days Of Death Metal
Dads


During the late '80s and early '90s a lot of death metal bands had more rooting in hardcore than any bands currently posturing as hardcore and busting out sick gutturals.
2Entombed
Left Hand Path


You wanna eat, you gotta steal, keepin' it real.
3Obituary
Cause Of Death


Itchoptin haugh! Feeltherblysp'l frumyr maugh!!!
4Dying Fetus
Killing On Adrenaline


Arguably one of the biggest influences on the entire deathcore scene, sometimes referred to as the forefathers of the genre, the blandly brutal Dying Fetus definitely set the standard for the likes of ABACABB and Hermione.
5Skinless
Progression Towards Evil
6Cannibal Corpse
Tomb Of The Mutilated


Cannibal Corpse worship is pretty common here.
7 Fake Death Metal
Silly Swedes


At some point around the turn of the millenium, a few bros decided it would be so chill to take In Flames and At The Gates riffs and bridge them with breakdowns.
8Prayer For Cleansing
Rain In Endless Fall


In my opinion one of the most important modern metalcore releases to exist.
9Unearth
The Oncoming Storm


Holy harmonies!
10 Undying
At Historys End


Here you have the melodic death metal equivalent to Despised Icon. Their split with Unearth is also very good.
11Dead To Fall
Everything I Touch Falls To Pieces


Dead To Fall Was that metalcore band you wanted to get the biggest, but of course it was AILD and Trivium that played this sound the worst and made all the profit.
12Killswitch Engage
Killswitch Engage


Out of the ruins of Aftershock and Overcast came one of the most promising debuts for one of the most disappointing bands of all time.
13 Southerners, Jack Daniels, Marlboro Reds
They've got it down!


This past decade has shown a huge surge in the southern metal scene, and I'm talking about metal in general, not just southern metal. Some of the most important acts in the deathcore scene hail from the Bible Belt, and they spout their frustration with staunch Christianity in a disgusting, terrifying manner. The beginnings of the Southern Deathcore scene seemed to be following very much in the footsteps of Prayer For Cleansing and Undying, but slowly leaned from melodic to brutal death metal.
14Through The Eyes Of The Dead
The Scars Of Ages


Through The Eyes Of The Dead started out as the band that wanted you to mosh. Iron Maiden riffs, mosh beats, and breakdowns. Pterodactyl shrieks, mid-range shouts, dry ass gutturals. Gore. A lot of it.
15Rifles At Recess
To Whisper In Tongues


An unfortunately overlooked gem from Tennessee. Core, not gore.
16The Damascus Intervention
Carefully Built, Carelessly Destroyed


The level of worship for Prayer For Cleansing on this is mind blowing. The skill of the axes makes it oh so acceptable. They're Southern, Christian, and proud, but they kiss their sweeties with their fists.
17Whitechapel
The Somatic Defilement


I WILL SPIT RIGHT IN YOUR FUCKING FACE! HOW DOES IT TASTE? AFTER THE LIPS ARE SEALED BELOW YOUR WAIST, YOU WILL NEVER FUCK AGAIN!!!
18Dead Man In Reno
Dead Man In Reno
19 Rich kids with good equipment
California and Arizona take over the scene
20Animosity
Empires


California's Animosity were mind-blowingly young for their releases, and even more-so talented than their contemporaries in the scene.
21All Shall Perish
The Price Of Existence


This might be THE deathcore album that everybody wanted, that topped the genre, with it's mix of brocore cliches, range stretching vocals, mixing's of melodeath, brutal riffs, and breakdowns. There's everything.
22Burning The Masses
Volatile Existence


What happens when young kids with rich parents play guitar and hear The Faceless? They play tech-deathcore apparently.
23Knights Of The Abyss
Juggernaut


Seemingly JFAC's often overlooked and rebelling younger brother, KOTA went from sounding identical (but better at their instruments) to JFAC to going in the complete opposite direction: instead of brutality, they went for melody and Satan.
24Job For A Cowboy
Doom


Arguably a death metal album, as it's really devoid of any characteristics of hardcore. This EP does, however, fit the characteristics of the deathcore sound and is one of the biggest influences on the current scene.
25 Foreign boys and jokes
Some of the jokes aren't on purpose though...


Non-American deathcore bands seem so good but so cheesy sometimes that I can't help but laugh.
26Despised Icon
The Healing Process


KEEP IT BRUTAL, EST. 2002
27Bring Me The Horizon
Count Your Blessings


I love this band for some reason, but lol fringe weaves.
28Sumatra
Heliocratic Infinity


Oh my God this band is tasty, but some of the stuff they try... they just can't pull it off, example: their clean vocals. Also, silly Russians, heliocratic isn't even a word, hahahahhaha.
29Clone The Fragile
Eternal Struggle


The Blood On My Nike Dunks
30Thy Art Is Murder
Infinite Death


Some of the most hilarious, "brutal," lyrics ever.
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