List of Christian hardcore bands

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The following is a list of Christian hardcore bands, organized by subgenre.

Christian hardcore is a subgenre of hardcore punk primarily distinguished by its lyrical focus on Christian themes and values, although former Burden of a Day guitarist Bryan Honhart has suggested that the genre also possesses sonic distinctions.[1] No Innocent Victim is considered a progenitor of the movement. In recent years, Demon Hunter[2] and The Chariot,[3] among others, have gained considerable popularity among fans of the genre, while metalcore bands such as Underoath, As I Lay Dying, and Norma Jean have served as mainstream representatives of the genre.


Hardcore punk bands[edit]

Traditional hardcore punk and melodic hardcore bands in Christian music.

Post-hardcore, screamo bands[edit]

These are bands associated with post-hardcore and its subgenres screamo and emocore.

Metal/hardcore bands[edit]

These are Christian bands associated with metal and hardcore fusion genres, such as metalcore.

See also[edit]


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  29. ^ Snowberger, Britta. "'The Scars Remain' tour cuts up Y-town". The Jambar. Retrieved 21 June 2011. ...[E]mo-core band Fireflight will swarm the stage. 
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