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The Ultimate Mathcore/prog Metalcore List

A list I put together of both essential and awesome mathcore and progressive/weird/technical/whatever-you-wanna-call-it metalcore. For those that don't know, "mathcore" is given its name because of how insanely technical it often is, with all its crazy time signature changes and strange patterns and such. You could say that, musically, mathcore kinda fucks with numbers. But GOOD mathcore does not just do this for the sake of it, they use these obscene, violent frenzies of notes creatively, in order to express the messages of their songs.
1The Dillinger Escape Plan
Calculating Infinity

Even if it's not the first mathcore album (although it probably is), it's definitely the most influential. What happens in just 30 short seconds off a single song on this album is nothing short of mind-blowing. This album revealed so many edges that metalcore could be taken to. And not only that, but all the insane sweeps and retardedly complicated patterns on this album are played...not pretentiously. Yeah, I don't get it, either.
We Are the Romans

Incredible. Influential. And absolutely sickeningly underrated. I mean, the people that know about it give it the credit it deserves, it's just that more people need to know about it. I have a feeling there's a lot of bands out there who play this style that don't even know of this album, or even band's existence. In short, before there was Norma Jean, there was Botch.
3Cave In
Until Your Heart Stops

Another overlooked, pretty mathy metalcore album released in the same era as the previous albums. Good stuff here.
How They Light Cigarettes In Prison
Petitioning the Empty Sky
American Nervoso
Our Puzzling Encounters Considered

One of the weirdest, heaviest, most uncompromising, and best mathcore albums out there. Although it sounds like wankery, all those seemingly random notes are there for a purpose. Stories are being told here.
8The Number Twelve Looks Like You
9The Crinn
Dreaming Saturn
10Duck Duck Goose
Noise, Noise and More Noise
12Car Bomb
Ideas of Reference
14A Textbook Tragedy
15 The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza (2005)
16The Crinn
The Crinn EP
17The Number Twelve Looks Like You
Worse Than Alone
18Shoemaker Levy 9
19Time Has Come
White Fuzz

Check this out.
21Breather Resist
22The Number Twelve Looks Like You
Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear
23Ion Dissonance
Breathing Is Irrelevant
24Straight Reads the Line
The Author
25Rolo Tomassi

Chick singer. This stuff is AWESOME.
26The End
27The Number Twelve Looks Like You
Put On Your Rosy Red Glasses
28Ion Dissonance
29Time Has Come

Check these songs out.
30 Progressive Metalcore
not necessarily mathcore, but weird/atmospheric/ambient/progressive, etc.
31Between the Buried and Me

Their "core" elements are pretty much gone now, but there's a few here and there on this album. Coincidentally, this is probably the best prog metalcore album ever, and it's gonna be tough to top.
32Amia Venera Landscape
The Long Procession
33The Contortionist
34Born of Osiris
The Discovery
35Circle of Contempt
Artifacts In Motion
37 Veil of Maya
The Common Man's Collapse

I guess you would call this more "progressive deathcore," but there aren't really a whole lot of bands that stay strictly to that,'s Veil of Maya. This album is absolutely bursting at the seams with potential. So many good riffs everywhere, it just needs some more cohesiveness.
38Between the Buried and Me

Fuck yes. Selkies only has one of the best solos ever written. No biggie. But the rest of the album is amazing as well.
39We Are the Illusion
The Podium of Lies
The Hidden Words
41Born of Osiris
A Higher Place

Yeah, this album's kinda lacking, but a good handful of the songs have really awesome parts. And you gotta admit that "An Ascent" is fucking sweet all the way through. Definitely one of the band's best songs.
42After the Burial
Rareform (Re-release)

The intro to Aspiration blows me away every time. If only it lasted longer.
All of the Above
44Veil of Maya

Yes, a pointless intro and two pointless minute-long instrumentals, but you can't forget the amazing riffing and general songwriting displayed all over the place here.
45Born of Osiris
The New Reign
46After the Burial
In Dreams

disregard this album and just listen to the Rareform re-release. wayyyyy better than this. to be honest, besides a few brief moments, this album isn't even worth listening to.
47It Prevails
Capture & Embrace
48The Contortionist

Listen to this NOW.
49Between the Buried and Me
The Silent Circus
2009 EP

Good stuff.
51After the Burial
Forging A Future Self
52Between the Buried and Me
Between the Buried and Me
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