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Metalcore Bible Pt. 1; Cleveland And Florida
Those Who Fear Tomorrow

Kind of obvious this one. Pretty much the godfathers of the Cleveland Hardcore scene and the ones that put metalcore on the musical map. The album itself never gets old and indeed stands as one of the best examples of the genre; a bruising tyrant with a cape of black majesty.
2In Cold Blood
Suicide King

In Cold Blood; the band that came into being after Integrity's touring schedule ground to a halt. Formed by the Melnick Brothers, their debut was a disappointment, partially due to overproduction, but this compilation showcases some of the best recordings from the band. Dark, heavy and evil beyond belief.
The Promise

I admit, I'm not the biggest fan of Ringworm but this was the one album where they got it right. Easily one of the crustiest metalcore records of all, it's also one of the harshest with a wall of dissonance and rage. Also Human Furnace has never sounded as pissed as this.
4One Life Crew
Crime Ridden Society

I'll probably get shit for this as this band are just a bunch of racist, moshcore turds but despite all this and despite "Mean" Steve being an idiot, both vocally and lyrically, the riffs are actually very good with a strong Judge/metal influence which earns its place here.
5 Six Feet Deep
The Road Less Travelled

Christian metalcore from Cleveland. Far better than it sounds with a great use of melody and hooks. According to the band's history the vocalist and guitarist went onto form an indie band and they left this little gem in their wake.
6 Pale Creation
Pale Creation

Yet another of those Holy Terror bands that aped Integrity's style in the nineties, they produced an album that was not all that good. Fortunately they produced an S/T EP that's actually a damn fine listen. It's only two tracks but it is recommended.
7 Outface
Friendly Green

Derrick Green's old band and a very unusual take on the hardcore/metal formula, utilizing a distinctly Bad Brains' style of hardcore with reggae influences and all. A very well composed and versatile piece of metalcore/hardcore.
8Shai Hulud
Hearts Once Nourished

The premier band to have come out of the Florida scene. Every band that came out of this scene is in someway indebted to this band Many will sight their sophomore effort as their best however I would say this is their best because it's far more raw and powerful in execution.
9 Culture

Vegan metalcore band and one of the two big ones formed by Damien Moyal and co. It, like Morning Again, is based in the chug territory but unlike many of its contemporaries it contains a certain air that stops it from becoming a baritone like many of its contemporaries and produce something that is genuinely powerful.
10Morning Again
As Tradition Dies Slowly

The second band spawned by Damien Moyal and arguably the least accessible of the two. Resorting to the two baritone riffs of most metalcore, it has a complexity that belies its hard shell.

Yes, Bloodlet. Their brand of metalcore is easily some of the most unique in the genre. Angular, twisting and dark with the most unique set of vocals, this band created a type of metalcore that was matched by few in terms of dissonance and rage. High recommendation with special mention for Entheogen as well.
The Advent of a Miracle

However whatever anyone has to say about Shai Hulud, this band, in my opinion, will always eclipse them. The black sheep of the two, they were a Christian metalcore band that were not overtly preachy and ended up producing something astonishingly powerful piece of metalcore. The songs are focused and tightly structured and Chris Carbonell's scream is easily one of the strongest in the entire genre, something that still stands today.
13Poison The Well
The Opposite of December

Ah this album, the one that has practically influenced every single metalcore band since. Hard, frigid and yet surprisingly beautiful it's hard not to see why and still remains vital to this today. A must listen for it's reputation alone.
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