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Have You Jammed Yet? Part 1: Metalcore

This'll be a short series I'm going to do where I highlight a genre I'm a fan of + know quite a bit about and showcase 5 or so bands inside of it that are doing it great justice but lack recognition. This day I'll focus on metalcore and will probably be focusing on the -core genres to initially start these compilations, as those classifications are the ones most frequently considered "dead" and such. Some will be present-day and others might be blasts from the past. Hope you enjoy!
1Zapruder
Fall In Line


Yep, I'm plugging Zapruder again, and I'll keep doing that until I feel like the boys have earned their proper respect. The fact is, the Frenchmen are up to some of the most exciting -core music in the modern era and are a sterling example of how the genre can continue to evolve. Mixing in some post-metal and a bit of sludge-ness at times, Zapruder are a band to watch out for. A new album is in the works, but while we wait, Fall In Line is a certified rocker. https://zaprudertheband.bandcamp.com/
2Harlots
The Woman You Saw Is The Great City


Sure, you may/may not have heard Betrayer at some point or another. But the full discography of Harlots is not only one of the most underrated in metalcore, but it's also not really explored by listeners. Both this album (a 5 in my books) and This is the Second Death are worthy of a spot in any metalcore fan's collection. As further incentive, their music can be found on bandcamp FOR FREE. That means unlimited jams. You have no excuse, essentially. https://harlots.bandcamp.com/
3Zygoma
The Forgotten


Although they've since changed their style, The Forgotten is right up there with Fall in Line in terms of underrated modern gems. It's chaotic and atmospheric, striking a great balance between old-school pandemonium and more ambient moments. You even get an occasional piano and horn inside the interludes. Fun times overall. https://totaldeathcore.bandcamp.com/album/the-forgotten
4Eden Maine
To You The First Star


I don't know when exactly the marriage between metalcore and post-metal was settled, but you can bet that Eden Maine were among the few to do it and perfect it. Interspersed between the metalcore rockers (and trust me, these guys can fucking jam) are the slower-paced, post-metal-infused tracks that add much more color to the album. It feels like a journey, culminating in an epic 10+ minute finale. The riffs on here are pretty exceptional. "The Acidic Taste of Betrayal" is one of my favorite songs of all time, honestly. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfQH7WxYhL630W8FuywBCtwwPFMIYjAOC
5Ni
Les insurg├ęs de Romilly


Ni aren't really your typical metalcore band. Hailing from France (maybe the French are onto something?), these guys perform an instrumental, jazz-like version of the genre that is both frantic and smooth. Perfect music to bang your head to or to use as background tunes to fuel inspiration. Give it a chance, although it's a bit different from the norm. https://niiii.bandcamp.com/album/les-insurg-s-de-romilly-2
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