The bit about the original inception of metalcore being SotS is quite a bit of revisionist history. The lumping of everything wrong with modern metal into the “metalcore” catch-all sub-genre in order to preserve the integrity of what someone likes isn’t really fair or factual. What AtG did on that record was nothing more than simplifying their style and making it more accessible by emulating the melodic guitar aspects of Iron Maiden while keeping a thrash beat backbone. Deceased did essentially the same thing with Fearless Undead Machines, although you would never call that record metalcore because the tonality of the Swedish melody of AtG and other Gothenburg bands got ripped by the metalcore movement well into its second mutation, and this tonality of the scales used combined with the palm muting of open strings in between the notes of “Swedish” melodic scales under a thrash beat as abused on SotS became the sole melodic idea metalcore sought after when needing to stitch a verse framework around their breakdowns- but this emulation didn’t happen really until a few years into the 21st century- or plenty of time after the dust settled from the Gothenburg scene. The difficulty of pinpointing which bands adopt the breadth of the Swedish death thrash sound rooted in Iron Maiden vs the true metalcore bands ripping Maiden’s peers by proxy should be easily unclouded after a careful listen, but you have to put your presumptions about the progression of the melodic death metal movement being “metalcore” aside to see it. Metalcore started as a marriage of metal and hardcore as shown in bands like Coalesce, but probably goes back to crossover stuff like DRI which is incredibly far removed from the SotS sound. It’s puzzling how this site has essentially declared that there is one real style of death metal but countless styles of metalcore. This isn’t fair to either genre.
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