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Messages - whiskeyhammer
Coming from a metalhead and hardcore background, I can easily say most metalcore sucks, especially the further fusing of subgenres, like deathcore. Bands like BMTH are abysmal where the entire emphasis is being loud, heavy, fast/slow/fast/slow, and fun, just like whatever pop rock garbage comes through the radio, just a more radical facade. The worst part is (and I know people like this) these guys who think they're into "death metal" because they downloaded a few BMTH songs, while never even having heard of a Massacra or a Demilich or what have you, and also thinking that At the Gates' only album is Slaughter of the Soul.
However, Integrity, being the first metalcore band and, really, the only one who got it right, is worthy listening, notably "Seasons in the Size of Days", "Systems Overload", and "Humanity is the Devil". They somehow managed to balance hardcore punk with extreme metal without the two losing their efficacy.
I originally wrote a post which emphasized the relevance of Integrity, and pretty much how you put it, as the only band that performed "Metalcore" in an acceptable way. Then I deleted it because of a reason I can't remember.
On an unrelated note, it's interesting how all of these metalcore and deathcore bands constantly masturbate to the idea of SOTS, when Absu's "Tara", albeit in a different genre altogether, blew that album's melody, technicality and precision into next Tuesday.
It boggles my mind to see bullshit genres spawned from bullshit albums.
Ummm.... Gaza, Rorschach, Starkweather, Hubris and Cursed? The ignorance displayed in this thread is astounding.
Ignore Anti-Racism's post, there's more good crust than that. Damn this is an old thread.why would you avoid them? "Monuments To Thieves" is a classic for the genre.
This thread seems to have covered most of the essentials. In addition to what has already been mentioned (minus HHIG, avoid them) other worthy bands to investigate are:
Extreme Noise Terror
Wolfpack (optionally Wolfbrigade too but they're not as good, too melodic)
It's a limited genre. Most of the best stuff is late 80s/early 90s - as with metal.
I love crust punk and what I'd have to say is this: don't bother listening to it except the three best bands. Everyone who came afterwards was an imitator. This is not dissimilar to the way black metal produced now is worse than Emperor's shittiest album.
Neurosis, Amebix, and Discharge.
That's all you need to know. Maybe Crass, but musically, they're pretty uninspiring.
What killed punk was "me too" bands like The Dead Kennedys and all the Fugazi and Discharge clones.
Ummmm.... What about Nausea, Deviated Instinct and His Hero Is Gone?