Melodic metalcore is a fusion genre blending traits with metalcore and melodic death metal, which combines sounds and traits from both genres. It has melodic [1 ] guitar riffs, blast beats, metalcore-stylized breakdowns and vocals that can range between growls, screaming and clean singing.
History [ edit ]
The style began in the early-2000s tracing its roots to the
melodic death metal sound, when independent metal labels, such as [2 ] Century Media and Metal Blade, began signing melodic metalcore bands. By 2004, Shadows Fall's The War Within debuted at number 20 on the [3 ] Billboard album chart. All That Remains' single " Two Weeks" peaked at number 9 at the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the U.S., and on the Modern Rock Tracks chart at number 38. In 2007, the song " Nothing Left" by As I Lay Dying was nominated for a Grammy award in the "Best Metal Performance" category. (the album that included "Nothing Left") itself was a commercial success, debuting at number 8 on the " An Ocean Between Us ". Welsh metalcore band Billboard 200 Bullet for My Valentine's third album , which debuted at number 3 selling more than 71,000 copies in its first week in the U.S. and more than 21,000 in the UK during 2010. Fever
Melodic metalcore bands include
Killswitch Engage, Architects, Trivium, [4 ] All That Remains, [5 ] Atreyu, [1 ] [6 ] [7 ] Bullet for My Valentine, [8 ] Caliban [9 ] Darkest Hour, [6 ] As I Lay Dying, [10 ] [11 ] The Devil Wears Prada, [12 ] Miss May I, and [13 ] August Burns Red. [14 ] [15 ] [16 ]
Characteristics [ edit ]
Melodic metalcore bands take big influence from
guitar riffs, and writing styles of Swedish melodic death metal bands, especially bands like At the Gates, [6 ] Arch Enemy, In Flames and Soilwork. They tend to have strong use of instrumental [2 ] melody. Many melodic metalcore can have clean singing as their vocals as well as growls and screaming. It also can feature harmonic guitar riffs, tremolo picking, double bass drums and metalcore-stylized breakdowns. [17 ] Some bands also may feature [18 ] guitar solos. A few of these groups, like [7 ] Shadows Fall, have some appreciation for 1980s glam metal. [19 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b Lee, Cosmo; Voegtlin, Stewart. "Into the void: Stylus Magazine's Beginner's Guide to Metal - Article - Stylus Magazine". Stylus Magazine . Retrieved . 17 May 2010
^ a b . Access date: June 24, 2008. Metal Injection, August 28, 2007
^ "Shadows Fall to Co-Headline Sounds of the Underground". Blabbermouth.net . Retrieved . July 11, 2012
^ ". "IN WAVES": LET THE ARGUING ABOUT THE NEW TRIVIUM SONG BEGIN!" MetalSucks. May 23, 2011.
^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. ". Overcome review" Allmusic . Retrieved . 17 February 2012 Overcome offers very dependable melodic metalcore in the spirit of All That Remains' albums past, without succumbing to outright stagnation.
^ a b c D. Taylor, Jason. ". Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses review" Allmusic . Retrieved . June 24, 2008 Atreyu's debut album, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses, is an invigorating foray into melodic metalcore in the vein of Darkest Hour, Poison the Well, and Eighteen Visions.
^ a b "Taste of Chaos", Revolver, June 2008, p. 110. "This is the Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour, a night when heavier melodic-metalcore bands like Atreyu and Avenged Sevenfold intend to position themselves as the next generation of bands to actually pack arenas (...)".
^ Apar, Corey. "Bullet for My Valentine". Allmusic . Retrieved . November 8, 2011
^ Richard Cartey (9 January 2014). "Caliban - Ghost Empire". . (Freeway Press) Rock Sound . Retrieved . 9 January 2014
^ "As I Lay Dying - Awakened". Rock n Reel Reviews.
^ "Album Review! As I Lay Dying – Awakened". Headbang or GTFO.
^ "August Burns Red - Constellations". Way Too Loud!. July 15, 2012.
^ "Eternal Closure". Sputnik . Retrieved . January 2, 2012
^ "August Burns Red Burns Red Presents Sleddin' Holiday Album". Bradley Zorgdrager. October 9, 2012.
^ "It's Through the Approach". El Paisano. September 12, 2007. Archived from the original on January 14, 2009 . Retrieved . June 24, 2008
^ ". Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses review" mp3.com. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009.
^ Dan Epstein, "The Brewtal Truth", Revolver, November 2004, p. 65.