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Marsbro's Emo Journey

For the better part of last year, I've gone through a slew of emo or emo-influenced releases. I never intended to really explore the genre, but I sorta stumbled into it, never really realizing until later on how much I was enjoying it. This here is the culmination of my exploration. Maybe you'll find something new, maybe not, I don't know. It's just another list by the end of the day, but I hope there are those out there that find it interesting.

[4.0 Tier]
Post-rock/post-hxc with some emo influence on the side
Listen to:
2Cara Neir
Portals To A Better, Dead World

Hardcore w/emo influence; attacks you from the start and never relents
Listen to: Red Moon Foreboding

Emo/indie mixture
Listen to: Spring
4City of Caterpillar
City of Caterpillar

No doubt you already heard this; it's a classic in the genre for a reason
Listen to: Maybe They'll Gnaw Right Through
The Ugly Organ

Listen to: Butcher the Song
6Danse Macabre
Synkopenleben, Nein Danke.

Hardcore w/emo influence; short, brutal listening experience
Listen to: Zeitbombe
Read Music/Speak Spanish

Addicting pos-thxc-esque tunes with some emo thrown in
Listen to: Man and Wife, the Latter
All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead

Another genre classic
Listen to: Farewell to Words
9Free Throw
Those Days Are Gone

Twinkly emo; sure, it's cheesy, but it's also catchy as hell and done in a wonderful tongue-in-cheek manner
Listen to: Pallet Town
10Gillian Carter
Lost Ships Sinking With The Sunset

The "little scream band that could"; they aren't the best, but they're a small act that do the genre justice, with a solid discography growing
Listen to: I've Been Forgotten & So Have You
11Indian Summer
Science 1994

Old-style emo
Listen to: Angry Son

Post-hxc and a side of emo
Listen to: The Ground Eats You
This Conversation Is Ending Starting Right Now

The more indie kind of emo; these guys do it better than most
Listen to: Cold Enough to Break
14Men As Trees

The post rock/metal project headed by the same dudes that would go on to form Locktender; a solid release with great usage of emo conventions in the crescendos
Listen to: Germinal
15More Than Life
Love Let Me Go

Melodic hardcore with emo influence; for fans of Departures
Listen to: The First Night of Autumn
16Moving Mountains

Indie/emo mix
Listen to: Grow On, Grow Up, Grow Out
The Spelling of My Solution

Obscure emo album out of Japan; it deviates a bit from the norm and is an interesting listen; incorporates the occasional string instrument as a bonus
Listen to: Inertia
18Nosferatu D2
We're Gonna Walk Around This City...

Acoustic emo
Listen to: Springsteen
19Old Gray
Slow Burn

Screamo; fast-paced, relentless
Listen to: everything is in your hands
Amateurs and Professionals

The masters of the that build-up oriented emo style bands like Mineral performed. These guys outclass anyone at this game
Listen to: I'll Take You Everywhere
21Pg. 99
Document #8

Another classic you've probably heard
Listen to: The Hollowed Out Chest of a Dead Horse

Another obscure one I found through a recommendation; classic kind of emo
Listen to: Walking to Dawn
23Pop Unknown
If Arsenic Fails, Try Algebra

Indie/emo mix; fans of Penfold would enjoy
Listen to: Hanging On a Thread
Sulla linea d'orizzonte tra questa mia vita e que

Listen to: Nirvana

Post-rock-tinged emo
Listen to: relinquish your grip on the rope, you won't fall
26Save Face

Pop-punk/indie with a side of emo; don't remember this too well admittedly, but it was a release I promoted a bit during 2016, it's worth a shot
27Outsmarting Simon
Silent, Sober and Sound

Emo with post-rock influence; that good ol' build up style with some expansive songs spread out
Listen to: Taylor Led a Chorus
28The Fall Of Boss Koala
Reference Points

Listen to: I Love My Dead Gay Son (Parts 1 & 2)
29The Hope and the Failure
The Lights Are on But This Dance Never Ends

Female-fronted screamo
Listen to: Prozac Hell
30The Player Piano

Primarily instrumental indie rock/emo
Listen to: Sudden Left
31The World Is a Beautiful Place...
Whenever, If Ever

Listen to: Getting Sodas
32Sorority Noise
You're Not As ____ As You Think

Pop-influence indie/emo mix; catchy hooks with a similar sort of presentation to Free Throw
33The December Drive

Post-hxc/post-rock emo; sports some longer songs that really pay off well
Listen to: Buffalo Wing Diplomacy
34A Bunny's Caravan
Draining Puddles, Retrieving Treasures

[4.5 Tier]
Post-rock/emo; wonderful blend of the two genres, mixing the emo songs with elongated post-oriented tracks
Listen to: Cartwheels Into the Abyass
35An Embrace of Angels
'Ere January Be Unwintered

Post-hxc/post-rock/emo; the opening track is damn essential, trust me
Listen to: long-awaited pleas for audible sound
36Cap'n Jazz
Shmap'n Shmazz

Punk/emo mix; highly catchy, with memorable refrains and melodies
Listen to: Oh Messy Life
37Captain, Your Ship is Sinking
Cross Your Fingers For The Epilogue

Post-rock/emo mix; masterful combination of powerful climaxes and raw emotion, coupled with good lyricism
Listen to: No Shit, I'm the Original Partytrasher
Summer Fences

Indie/emo/post-rock blend; a fairly unique addition to the genre that meshes instrumental prowess with emo melodies
Listen to: Evil Robots With Swords For Hands
Laisser Vivre Les Squelettes

Listen to: Chaque Seconde
When Losing Everything Is Everything You Wanted

Melodic hardcore with emo influence; slams on the accelerator and never slows down, with intense emotion (ha)
Listen to: Sunday
41Funeral Diner
The Underdark

Post-rock/screamo; arguably one of the masters of this combo, with a beautiful command over atmosphere
Listen to: We Became Buried
Bloom and Breathe

Indie/post-rock/emo; gorgeous, clean melodies with powerful performances across the board
Listen to: Persist in Delusion
43Hot Cross

Post-hxc with emo influence
Listen to: Pretty Picture of a Broken Face
44La Quiete
La fine non รจ la fine

Listen to: Super Omega
45Loma Prieta
Last City

Hardcore/screamo; unrelenting songs that, despite their short lengths, tower in their sheer strength
Listen to: Last City
46Mesa Verde
The Old Road

.Post-rock/scream blend in the same vein as Funeral Diner; another great atmospheric adventure
Listen to: Post-Youth
47Mihai Edrisch
L'un Sans L'Autre

Listen to: Les memoires
48Old Gray
An Autobiography

Screamo; more diverse than Slow Burn
Listen to: I Still Remember Who I was Last Summer
49On The Might of Princes
Where You Are and Where You Want to Be

Post-hxc/emo; should be considered essential, especially the closer
Listen to: For Meg

You've probably heard this one too soooo
Listen to: We Love Poison
51Planes Mistaken for Stars
Up In Them Guts

Post-hxc/emo; it's definitely unconventional in its instrumental and vocal delivery, but that makes it all the more entertaining
Listen to: Spring Divorce

Screamo; they threw in a viola and it is perfect in its subtlety
53Portraits Of Past

Post-hxc/emo; a classic in the merger between the two genres; consider it essential
Listen to: Bang Yer Head
54Pianos Become the Teeth
The Lack Long After

Post-hxc/screamo; the emotion in this release is explosive, making it gripping from start to finish
Listen to: Such Confidence

Classic screamo, nuff said
Listen to: An Open Letter
56So Hideous
To Clasp a Fallen Wish With Broken Fingers

Black metal/post-metal/screamo mix; a short listen, but incredibly captivating in its concise songwriting
Listen to: To Clasp a Fallen Wish...

Post-hxc w/emo influence
Listen to: Chapter VII
58The Moirai
Bury Yourself

Remember when I said Penfold mastered the indie/emo build-up genre? They're back at it
Listen to: Empathy For Your Enemy/Hostile to the Helpless
59The Newfound Interest in Connecticut
Tell Me About the Long Dark Path Home

Post-rock/emo; beautifully composed, emotional atmosphere; a true listening experience
Listen to: I Can Hear Your Footsteps Just Outside Camp - Sah Sah Sah...
60The Saddest Landscape
You Will Not Survive

Listen to: Eternity is Lost on the Dying
61Trophy Eyes
Chemical Miracle

Pop-punk with emo influence; it's catchy, melodic, and straight from the heart; hard not to love it
Listen to: Suicide Pact
This Town Needs Guns

Twinkly/mathy emo; it's as much fun as it is emotional, as playful as it is sad; top-tier vocal performance
Listen to: Do You Want to Come Back to My Room and Listen to Some Belle and Sebastian?
63The Alexander
A City in Ruins

Post-rock with emo influence; criminally underrated and heavily based on atmospheric instrumentation; found it by accident pretty much and it's such a treat
Listen to: the whole thing, seriously
64The Brave Little Abacus
Just Got Back from the Discomfort - It's Alright

Indie/math/alternative/emo/whateven/dontknow; an eclectic blend of styles that is absolutely essential to the genre; very unique
Listen to: Pile! No Pile! Pile!
65Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket
Den sorgligaste musiken i varlden

Screamo w/post influences; heavy emphasis on melodic presentation
Listen to: Illusionen om oss
66I Would Set Myself On Fire For You
Believes In Patterns

[5.0 Tier]
Post-rock/indie/emo (ignore the jazz tag, it doesn't make sense); hard for me to express how much I love this to be honest; unique combo of genres, coupled with string instruments and the occasional horn section; songwriting is top-notch and the mood is set perfectly; makes me feel so many emotions, this one
Listen to: Seven
67Suis La Lune
Quiet, Pull the Strings!

Post-hxc/screamo; they're known for having one of the best and most distinctive guitar tones in the genre for good reason; their blend of melody with emo aggression is essentially unrivaled; every song is memorable
Listen to: Utter Silence is Fragile
68The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Don't hate me, I know it's not completely emo. But the influence is there, sue me.
Listen to: In Framing
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