Metalcore bands blend the sounds of heavy metal and hardcore punk into a unique genre. As if heavy metal was not enough, metalcore came into its own in the mid-1990s to add another option for music fans. The genre includes screaming, little if any guitar riffs, and guitar riffs and solos replaced by chording. Over the past fifteen to 20 years, the genre has changed, trying to fit into mainstream music. Some bands are new to the metalcore scene, while others bands have been around since the beginning.
- Integrity Some argue if Integrity was the first metalcore band. Integrity began playing in the late '80s and quickly adopted the sound of metalcore. They formed in Cleveland, Ohio, with their music brand concentrating on apocalyptic lyrics.
- Demon Hunter Some may think metalcore and Christian music is an oxymoron. However, those people have probably never heard of the Christian metalcore band Demon Hunter. They released their first song, "Through the Black" in February 2002. The group recently finished a tour with other Christian metalcore bands.
- Bullets for My Valentine This band's name sounds like Valentine's Day gone bad. This band got their start in Wales in 2003. The band's original names was Jeff Killed John. Their latest album, "Fever," became a hit in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
- Arch Enemy Arch Enemy is fronted by a woman. That's right, women can scream a mean metalcore tune, too! This band had their start in Sweden and is fronted by Angela Glasgow. The band was originally fronted by two brothers, but the band recently went back to the studio to re-record previously released albums with their new lead singer.
- Ava Divine No, porn star Ava Devine did not decide to make music her second career. Ava Divine is one of the newest metalcore bands to hit the music scene. This band is from Sheffield, England, and just released their first album,"If This is the Future." Expect to see more of this metalcore band in the future, as their popularity grows.
The options for metalcore music are endless. Whether listening to a woman-fronted band, UK groups or bands with a Christian bent, metalcore offers a genre of music that will be around for a long time.