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10 Great Post-hardcore Albums

As with all genre tags, the term "post hardcore" does not have an absolute definition. In my mind, however, the prototype for "post hardcore" is the work of Fugazi, who laid the blue print for a sound that others have taken in many different directions. While this list is ranked in order of quality, I don't pretend to have heard 100% of all the post-hardcore records that have ever been released. That would be quite a feat.
1Refused
The Shape Of Punk To Come


It seems that 99% of all "political" bands incite about as much fervent radical passion as a Jehovas Witness pamphlet. Refused are different; their music may not have started a grand revolution, but their radical politics do much to fuel the unique potency of their sound. I'm not sure if Dennis Lyxzen really has the answers as to what is best for the global economy, but the artistry and nuance of his lyrics and vocals mixed with the incendiary music is powerful in and of itself. The musical acumen and grace and obliterating bombast of the music is of the highest order.
2At The Drive In
Relationship of Command


Enough has been said on this one, I think
3 Braniac
Smack Bunny Baby


Electro shock works if accompanied by daily regimen of chemical crazed rock neurosis
4Thursday
A CIty By The Light Divided


On this ground breaking album, seasoned genius producer David Friedman(Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, Weezer's "Pinkerton") applied his singular magic to an album of immense torrential depth. Guitar expanses achieve "Loveless" levels of textural scope, and what's more, the songs are fundamentally beautiful and expertly crafted
5Deftones
White Pony


Ok, so I might be contradicting my own self-defined genre definitions by putting what is really an "alternative metal" album into a list of post hardcore albums. But that's ok, because this awesome record profoundly influenced a huge number of future post hardcore experimentalists
6Jawbox
For Your Own Special Sweetheart


Crunch bonk crash
7Thrice
The Illusion of Safety


Ok, so "Vheissu" is probably a better record, and in fact, I think "The Alchemy Index Vol I to IV" is absolute genius. But I have to put this record on this list just because of the sheer audacity and unhinged abandon of it all. When this came out, Pitchfork said pop punk and technical hardcore/metal core should never mix. On that occasion, Pitchfork happened to be wrong
8Native Nod
Today Puberty, Tomorrow the world


Some of you may have deduced I'm partial to post-hardcore records that came out in the late 90's or the last decade. Part of this is surely due to the fact that I haven't listened to a huge number of pre-98 post hard core records. Also, for some reason I've never been able to get into early post-hardcore stalwarts like Fugazi and Hoover. These guys are super obscure and early 90's, so the production is raw and lo-fi. The songs are pretty darn good and have a uniquely Sonic Youth-esque guitar sensibility (for the clean guitar parts, the distorted parts are based in metal tinged post hardcore)
9 Training For Utopia
Throwing A Wrench In the American Music Scene


I have never heard an album like this; it incorporates industrial, hip hop and techno into post-hardcore in an incredible way. I suggest that this 1999 album contains the seeds for where post hardcore should go in the next century
10Name Taken
Hold On


Beautiful amazing melodic pop + post hardcore
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