Mort.
You say proto-this, I say post-that, lets call the whole thing skronk
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Post-hardcore for good people

best of the best, loosely defined, personal opinion, yada yada, everything above a 4 unless stated otherwise. no screamo/skramz but a few exceptions. descriptions are either lifted (with alterations) from rym or entirely made up by me.
1Nomeansno
Wrong


1989 - manic, energetic, rhythmic, humorous, satirical, sarcastic, playful
2Bitch Magnet
Umber


1989 - cryptic, anxious, raw, melancholic
3Thinking Fellers Union Local 282
Tangle


1989 -lo-fi, cryptic, quirky, humorous, playful
4Fugazi
Repeater


1990 - energetic, political, rebellious, anthemic, serious, dc scene
5The Nation of Ulysses
13-Point Program To Destroy America


1991 - political, aggressive, satirical
6Polvo
Today's Active Lifestyles


1993 - skronky math rock boys do it best
7Jawbox
For Your Own Special Sweetheart


1994 - washington dc scene, great melodies and choruses, a lil sad, a lil introspective, not quite emo however
8Dazzling Killmen
Face of Collapse


1994 - math skronkin dark weirdos
9Unwound
New Plastic Ideas


1994 - the post hardcore band to rule them all. catchy, strange, enegetic, funny, serious. the master of all trades
10Brainiac
bonsai superstar


1994 - sassy electro daddies
11U.S. Maple
Long Hair in Three Stages


1995 - spoofs, sporks and skronks its way through deconstructionist rock
12Six Finger Satellite
Severe Exposure


1995 - gnarly scratchy electro daddies.
13Unwound
Unwound


1995 - the angriest Unwound album . close to emo. dark and pissy
14Unwound
Repetition


1996 - the most staccato rhytm focuses Unwound album. repe-tition. repe-tition
15Brainiac
Hissing Prigs in Static Couture


1996 - the electro-sass daddies come into their own. quirky sporkcore
16Polvo
Exploded Drawing


1996 - the math rock (really rockin) boys get less abstract and a bit catchier. fun as hell but still a tad skronkin
17June of 44
Tropics and Meridians


1996 - the strange intersection of post-hardcore and post-rock. sparse, spindly and alternating between quiet and loud. strange stuff that compositionally rarely resembles punk.
18Chavez
Ride The Fader


1996 - post-hardcore/math rock leaning into alt-rock. very 90s. very catchy. ironic and cooler than thou.
19Smart Went Crazy
Con Art


1997 - cellocore with Faraquet alumni (who arent on this list because i havent listened to them in ages and cant therefore vouch for them). dc scene. political and humourous
20Colossamite
All Lingo's Clamor


1997 - skingraft records alumni. 3/4 members now in Gorge Trio. very mathy and dissonant, skronky and messy. singer was in dazzling killmen
21Shiner
Lula Divinia


1997 - grungy, atmospheric, melodic, melancholic
22The Dismemberment Plan
The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified


1997 - sporkcore from neurotic dance-punk yelping college students
23Fugazi
End Hits


1998 - passionate, energetic, noisy, technical, sarcastic
24Unwound
Challenge For a Civilized Society


1998 - the underrated gem in Unwound's discography in my opinion. First few tracks are classic Unwound . rest gets stranger and longer.
25June of 44
Four Great Points


1998 - see 17.
26Hum
Downward Is Heavenward


1998 - big atmospheric grungegaze record with some good ol heavy riffs scattered around. remind me of Shiner, who remind of Hum
27At the Drive-In
In/Casino/Out


1998 - great vocal performance and a very fun album in general.
28Colossamite
Economy of Motion


1998 - see 20
29Refused
The Shape of Punk to Come


1998 - very political album that mixes electronics to good results. catchy and serious, a bit weird and convoluted at parts.
30At the Drive-In
Vaya


1999 - shouty man shouts a lot
31The Dismemberment Plan
Emergency & I


1999 - the sporkers grow up and become 20 year olds out of college. life is scary and strange. jobs are strange. people are strange. things are a lil absurd
32At the Drive-In
Relationship of Command


2000 - one of the big goats of post-hardcore, a real humdinger. simply fantastic.
33Q and Not U
No Kill No Beep Beep


2000 - dance punk, sassy, dismemberment plan's brothers in arms, dc scene but not very political like the others. really fun and twiddly diddly
34Fugazi
The Argument


2001 - fugazi get sad and sorta quiet and quite political as always. here comes the argument (here it comes)
35Drowningman
Drowningman Still Loves You


2001 - metalcore ogs turn emo/post hardcore with startlingly good results.
36Hopesfall
no wings to speak of


2001 - emo spacecore with heavy melodic leaning and a dash of the metal chugga chugga
37Shiner
The Egg


2001 - weirdly consider this one post hardcore but not the lp before which is absent from this list. very catchy and light. quite rythmic and their most math rock inspired
38Pretty Girls Make Graves
Good Health


2002 - one of the few on here with female vocals, which yes is noteworthy as much as the people who gripe over 'female fronted' descriptions may disagree. punk is incredibly male centric. anyways, very twiddly diddly with a distinctive guitar tone
39mclusky
McLusky Do Dallas


2002 - funny shit from a band that loves the pixies. uncomplicated and dumb. soft and loud. my dad is bigger than your dad.
40Glassjaw
Worship and Tribute


2002 - one of the other big post-hardcore ogs. absolutely classic in every sense of the world. great range of material.
41Alexisonfire
Alexisonfire


2002 - scratchy vox and vocal interplay, emo energy, pulmonary archery maybe one of my fav post hardcore tracks
42Please Inform The Captain This Is A Hijack
Please Inform The Captain This Is A Hijack


2003 - political, sampling, mildly sassy
43The Blood Brothers
...Burn, Piano Island, Burn


2003 - very sassy, legends along with glassjaw and at the drive-in. screamy as hell
44Black Eyes
Black Eyes


2003 - sassy dance punk weewoo music
45Hot Cross
Cryonics


2003 - intricate and complex, abstract, weird, lots of vocal interplay, dueling guitars
46Saosin
Translating the Name


2003 - emo as hell, responsible for the 2000s bloom of swoopy hair drama queens
47Bear vs. Shark
Right Now You're in the Best of Hands


2003 - indie lads with some energy and big shout voice
48The Fall of Troy
The Fall of Troy


2003 - heralding the start of the extreme diddly diddle
49Hot Cross
Fair Trades and Farewells


2004 - one of my introductions to good post-hardcore, diddles like hell
50mclusky
The Difference Between Me and You Is That I'm Not on Fire


2004 - uk lads still having fun and being pretty straightforward.
51Alexisonfire
Watch Out!


2004 - Alexisonfire get serious and sorta dramatic. lot less raw and abrasive than the first lp. step up the songwriting. less guitar dramatics. lots of Kurt Vonnegut inspired lyrics. vocal interplay on point with the soft/loud dynamics.
52Underoath
They're Only Chasing Safety


2004 - the best swoopy hair mtv emo lp there is.
53These Arms Are Snakes
Oxeneers or the Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home


2004 - Seattle hardcore alumni come together
54Five Minute Ride
The World Needs Convincing...


2005 - Kurt of Dance Gavin Dance fame spreads his lil emo wings
55Gospel
The Moon Is a Dead World


2005 - this has always seemed like an outlier in regards to the screamo pantheon so im including it. proggy, spacey, dramatic and ridiculous yet very serious. beautiful.
56Wow, Owls!
Pick Your Patterns


2005 - catchy emo from virginia, land of the skream
57Finch
Say Hello to Sunshine


2005 - mtv emocore but a lil bit more complex than usual
58Bear vs. Shark
Terrorhawk


2005 - punchy poetic indie boys
59The Fall of Troy
Doppelganger


2005 - Guitar hero 3 made this band. Guitar hero 3 showed me this band. Guitar wizardy sold this band.
60Please Inform The Captain This Is A Hijack
Defeat Or Humiliate The United States Of America


2006 - sampling, politics, squawking
61Fear Before
The Always Open Mouth


2006 - capitalism/society is scary, we are dark and scary, vocal interplay, electronics
62Gallows (UK)
Orchestra Of Wolves


2006 - kickin ur dick in. party. pissed off. bri'ish.
63These Arms Are Snakes
Easter


2006 - got some southern influence on here, a lil sassiness, atmosphere. very unique record
64Down I Go
This Is Disastercore


2006 - ludicrous, humourous post-hardcore from the uk with a theme (disasters). really scatterbrained
65Brand New
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me


2006 - christianity, sadness, guilt, shame, intensely sputcore
66Hot Cross
Risk Revival


2007 - less mathy and less screamy than earlier releases, catchier
67The Fall of Troy
Manipulator


2007 - less mathy and twiddly diddly than its predecessors
68Dance Gavin Dance
Downtown Battle Mountain


2007 - dgd before they get overbearingly twiddly diddly. more textured and atmospheric than other releases.
69Capsule (US)
Blue


2008 - emo, mathy, skronky, ambient sorta post rock
70Jacobi Wichita
Bonez Malone


2008 - complete cluterfuck of genres. electronic, hip-hop, death growls, chugga chugga. eclectic.
71Down I Go
Tyrant


2008 - quirky mathcore themed around tyrants.
72Dance Gavin Dance
Dance Gavin Dance


2008 - the most 'emo' dgd record in my mind
73Fear Before
Fear Before


2008 - quite a change from TAOM. not as atmospheric or well produced, with a much rougher off-the-cuff feel. underrated in my opinion.
74Gallows (UK)
Grey Britain


2009 - grim, misanthropic, london, raspy, still kickin ur dick in
75Dance Gavin Dance
Happiness


2009 - fruity, funky, sunburst, over the top
76Enter Shikari
Common Dreads


2009 - synths, anthems, wub wubs, incredibly british, political
77Continuance
Carry Ourselves


2010 - people will find this vocalist very love or hate. quite screechy. political/inspiring/uplifting
78Glassjaw
Our Color Green (The Singles)


2011 - post-hardcore daddies come back to life with some groove and chunk
79Wow, Owls!
Wow Owls // Last Recording


2011 - 3 tracks to send off a great underrated screamo band
80Lead Hands
Lead Hands


2011 - atmospheric, clean and harsh vocals, melancholic, one-and-done band.
81Dance Gavin Dance
Downtown Battle Mountain II


2011 - THE swancore record. full of diddling, absurd lyrics and johnny craigs smooth as hell vocals. a summer album
82A Lot Like Birds
Conversation Piece


2011 - absurd counterpart to the above record. features kurt travis previously of dgd.
83Down I Go
Gods


2011 - 4 track ep about gods in mythology.
84Enter Shikari
Rat Race


2013 - tight 3 track ep. one of the bands best releases
85Manners
Pale Blue Light


2014 - melodic hardcore
86Secret Band
Secret Band EP (Remastered)


2014 - dgd side project with no clean vocals. irreverant and slightly/mildly psychedelic/trippy
87Secret Band
Secret Band


2014 - goofy as hell. absurd.
88Enter Shikari
The Mindsweep


2015 - political, synthy, wub wub, bit irreverent
89Dance Gavin Dance
Instant Gratification


2015 - only tillian era dgd lp i really love. sugary as hell
90Down I Go
You're Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You


2015 - icelandic myths, brass, ridiculousness
91The Fall of Troy
OK#2


2016 - the fall of troy come back with an ok record and then release a slightly different but better version
92Down I Go
Mortals


2017 - 4 track ep about mortals in mythology
93Table
Uncut


2017 - old math-rock Albini produced band from the early 90s gets a discog comp release and shows off their very good skronk
94The Armed
Only Love


2018 - see 97
95Secret Band
LP2


2019 - still irrevent but darker and more aggressive than the previous releases.
96Enter Shikari
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible


2020 - poppy, synthy, anthemic, not as heavy as previous releases. one of their best production jobs
97The Armed
Ultrapop


2021 - ultra-uber-forward-thinking-balls-to-the-wall core. lightspeed, blastbeats, genre-melding, full on aesthetic blitzkrieg
98Gospel
The Loser


2022 - progboys come back with a less screamy 2nd lp that still supplies the energetic keyboard fuckwittery
99Drive Like Jehu
Yank Crime


1994 - recently relistened to this and its a stone cold classic I never properly appreciated.
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