Progressive metalcore

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Progressive metalcore (also called technical metalcore or ambient metalcore) is a fusion of progressive metal and metalcore characterized by highly technical lead guitar, "atmospheric" elements, and complex instrumentation.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] Some notable practitioners take influence from djent.[3][9][10][11][12]


Progressive metalcore band After the Burial

Progressive metalcore evolved from progressive metal and metalcore in the 90s.[1] After the Burial is a pioneer of the genre, forming in 2004 and promoting "a sound that pushed the boundaries of heaviness through the use of extended-scale guitar work."[4] According to the digital ticketing corporation AXS, "After The Burial play progressive metalcore and have been a key contributor to the sound of djent."[13] Erra has been referred to as "the spearhead of the whole modern/progressive metalcore movement" and noted for their "balance between involved riffs, beautiful clean moments and tasty solos."[5] They were formed in 2009 and express their unique version of "progressive technical metalcore" by utilizing "precise stop-and-start arrangements."[14]

Born of Osiris, 2012 in Shakopee, MN

According to Metal Insider in 2010, "progressive metalcore bands are now appearing all over the place."[15] I, the Breather "weren’t exactly the first" to perform "technical metalcore," but are noted for their "well constructed" instrumentation; they have influenced the style alongside For Today and Born of Osiris,[16][17] who have been referred to as "the bastions of modern technical metalcore" for their 2013 release Tomorrow We Die Alive.[18] Carcer City is a progressive metalcore band that showcases "technical riffs amid more prominent atmospheric sections."[8] They have been described as "ambient metalcore."[19] According to Corey Deiterman of the Houston Press, Northlane is a primary contributor of the style, and is "making waves with their particular brand of progressive metalcore, which features ... interesting use of space and ambiance."[20] Invent Animate is a progressive metalcore band that formed in Texas in 2011.[21] They have been compared with Northlane and Erra.[6][7] They focus on "syncopating their music to help build ... ambient soundscapes."[7] The band I Am Noah formed in 2015; rooted in "ambient metalcore," their debut album was "defined by its progressive riffing and percussive assault."[22] Volumes is a djent-influenced progressive metalcore band that has received critical acclaim for their "career-defining" song "Edge Of The Earth," and their 2017 release, Different Animals.[23][24]


Progressive metalcore can be distinguished by a marked emphasis on technical guitar-driven songs, sometimes featuring guitar solos.[4][5][25] Often "intricate guitar playing dominate(s) the rest of the instruments."[26] Like progressive metal in general, unconventional song structures and varying tempos may be used.[12] Singing may be included, but death growls are more prevalent. The genre is also reliant on the incorporation of "atmospheric sections," ambient instrumentation and repetitive melodies.[6][7][8] Progressive metalcore songs often feature intense breakdowns with heavily distorted palm-muted riffs. Some bands utilize keyboard or piano sections as a backdrop.[8]

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