|Stylistic origins||Metalcore, melodic death metal|
|Cultural origins||Early 2000s, United States and United Kingdom|
|Typical instruments||Electric guitar, bass guitar, drums (double kick), vocals (screaming, growling)|
Melodic metalcore is a fusion genre blending traits with metalcore and melodic death metal, which combines sounds and traits from both genres.[dead link] It has melodic guitar riffs, blast beats, metalcore-stylized breakdowns and vocals that can range between growls, screaming and clean singing.
The style began in the early-2000s tracing its roots to the melodic death metal sound, when independent metal labels, such as Century Media and Metal Blade, began signing melodic metalcore bands. By 2004, Shadows Fall's The War Within debuted at number 20 on the 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. An Ocean Between Us (the album that included "Nothing Left") itself was a commercial success, debuting at number 8 on the "Billboard 200". Welsh metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine's third album Fever, 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.
Melodic metalcore bands include Killswitch Engage, Architects,We Came As Romans,Trivium, All That Remains, Atreyu, Bullet for My Valentine, Caliban Darkest Hour, As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada, Miss May I, and August Burns Red.
Melodic metalcore bands take big influence from guitar riffs, and writing styles of Swedish melodic death metal bands, especially bands like At the Gates, Arch Enemy, In Flames and Soilwork. They tend to have strong use of instrumental 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. Some bands also may feature guitar solos. A few of these groups, like Shadows Fall, have some appreciation for 1980s glam metal.
- Swedish death metal
- Heavy metal
- Melodic death metal
- New Wave of American Heavy Metal (NWOAHM)
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