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10 Overlooked/underrated Metalcore Albums

Please note: I know that not all of these bands are technically rmetalcore. Some are rnoisecore, some are progressive metalcore, rsome are deathcore and some are whatever ryou choose to call them. rFor the purposes of convenience I have decided to use the term rrmetalcore as a general indicator, so I would like to politely ask the rgenre police to restrain rthemselves from insulting me unless they rhave a really clever insult. Remember kids: genre rnames can be ruseful, but this isn't atomic chemistry, it's music. So here are ten ralbums that raren't my favorites, but rather are albums I feel have rbeen unjustly overlooked or runderrated
1 The National Acrobat
For All Practical Purposes Is Dead


I saw these guys open for Burn It Down and Dillinger Escape Plan in 2000. During their show, ONE guy was at the front moshing/dancing and the other 100 or so people were watching from about twenty feet away. I was just interested in watching the band unleash their smiley faced murdercore (how's that for a new genre term?). They played metalcore that was full of head spinning time changes and quirky riffs, and their one and only full length simply destroys
2 Turmoil
The Process Of. . .


Released 1999. Awesome mix of "tough guy" Hatebreed-esque hardcore with progressive time changes and noisy abrasions. Ahead of it's time
3Spitfire
Self-Help


Released 2006. Audible influences: Norma Jean, Dillinger Escape Plan. Uniquely scathing vocals and lyrics
4 (Lone) Wolf And Cub
May You Only See Sky


2006 EP. Terrorizer magazine aptly described this as a mixture of Pantera and Botch. I would add that there is a National Acrobat vibe as well, due to the quirky nature of the riffs and time changes
5 Comity
The Deus Ex-Machina As A Forgotten Genius (Andy Warhol Sucks)


Released 2004. This incredible album has a heavy death metal vibe, but it could full under the umbrella of metalcore because of its audible Coalesce and DEP influence. More importantly, this album is full of 8 min+ epics that are devastatingly operatic in a most macabre manner
6Converge
Caring And Killing


Obviously, Converge are neither overlooked nor underrated, but I'm not so sure many people are aware of this album. It collects all their early 7 inches/singles/EPS. It's amazing that as far back as 1992, Converge were this innovative. This collection is much more Slayer/early metalcore influenced than later works, but there is a very creative melodic dynamism here that is utterly unique for the mid 90's. Example: they use quite a few clean open chords and guitar arpeggios
7Krakatoa
Channel Static Blackout


Released 1999. If it weren't for the awesome Aversionline website, I might have never heard of this. Ahead of its time in that it mixed metalcore with a refined melodic sensibility (though not in a cheesy/forced way). The somewhat lo-fi nature of the recording actually adds to the vibe in a positive way
8Fact
Fact


Released 2009. When I first heard this I thought it was ok, but nothing that great. Recently, I started listening to it again for some reason, and now I recognize its unique brilliance. Great emotionally melodic sensibility mixed with the sound of early Thrice had they been more "brutal"
9 In Dying Days
Life As A Balancing Act


Released 2002. Brutal, non-melodic metalcore with a Drowningman and early Converge influence
10Bring Me the Horizon
Suicide Season


Ok, so they sure aren't overlooked, but I think they are underrated amongst certain segments of the metal population. Granted, the album as a whole isn't THAT great, but tracks 3, 8 and 10 are fucking INCREDIBLY powerful. (I will admit it's funny that in a Terrorizer interview a few years back, vocalist Oli Sykes said he didn't consider Napalm Death grindcore)
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