Ok..I've done all my housework and I have some other stuff to do tomorrow..I feel like I have allergies with this post nasal drip stuff.
In case you've been hiding underneath a rock, the new mainstream trend in heavy music, replacing NU METAL, IS metalcore/ emo core.
Not that I'm trendy or care much at all. This is metalcore in laymens terms: METAL (third rate, rehashed, thrash riffs, ala At The Gates, Iron Maiden melodic solos, screaming "melodic" vocals, and Slayer's (stolen thrash riffs) + HARDCORE (breakdowns, hardcore DIY ethic, karate style pit moshing/ dancing complete with spin kicks, windmills, backflips,air punches and acrobatics, hardcore "fashion" asthetic, with an ocassional straight edge political bend)= METALCORE..
Add "thugcore" attitude (insert silly wanna be gangsta NYHC "crew" ) here _____, lol.
Also add silly fashion core trend of guys wearing womens clothing, and emo/screamo ("emotional hardcore"= crying about realtionships and general depression that only a prescription of Zoloft or Prozac could help) and walla folks: You've got the hardcore/emo/screamo/metalcore trend.
Yes, this trend has the absolute potential to be almost as bad as nu metal.
When I was in my twenties and I saw seminal NYHC bands (and others) like All Out War, Agnostic Front, Sick Of it All, 100 Demons, Irate, Murphy's Law, DRI, Gorilla Biscuits, Dissolve, Candiria, Dillenger Escape Plan, Fleas and Lice, Minor Threat, and in my younger years the Cro-mags..The scene was diferent back then. Hardcore still had the underground DIY ethic and wasn't fashionable. The hardcore scene was for misfits that had no place to go and didn't fit into the more mainstream trends of the time.In the 90's, The hardcore scenes splintered off between straight edgers (Earth Crisis), old school NYHC (Agnostic Front),West Coast thrash/core DRI and the up and coming east coast metalcore bands (that were aware of the 80's and 90's thrash and extreme metal scenes: Diecast, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall)..
However,in the 90's, the European death metal scene did not go unoticed.While the Seattle grunge scene swept across the USA, the first and second wave of Norwegian black metal (scenes) self destructed with various church burnings, murders and assorted eh hmm "Mayhem".. (Burzum, Dissection, Mayhem, Emporor)
Death metal bands (Florida death metalers Morbid Angel and Brazilian thrashers Sepultura) were being snatched up by major labels just to be uncerominiously dropped while still being obligated to the indie labels. In Gothenborg, Sweden a very melodic, mid paced style of death metal arose: Dismember, Entombed, Grave, At The Gates, In Flames, Opeth and later Soilwork.
The precursur of the Swedish melodic death metal scene was the NON Swedish (British? ) melodic death/grind metal band Carcass with their legendary 1988 release Reek of Putrefaction. Carcass featured one of the Amott brothers (guitar) who is currently shredding (guitar) in the Swedish melodic "death" metal band Arch Enemy.
BBL with part TWO: