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List of Post-hardcore Bands
This is a list of notable musical artists who have been referred to or have had their music described as post-hardcore.
Post-hardcore is a punk rock music genre that maintains the aggression and intensity of hardcore punk but emphasizes a greater degree of creative expression initially inspired by post-punk and noise rock. The genre took shape in the mid- to late 1980s with releases by bands from cities that had established hardcore scenes, such as Fugazi from Washington, D.C., as well as groups such as Big Black and Jawbox that stuck closer to post-hardcore's noise rock roots.
^Heaney, Gregory. "Abandon All Ships biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012. Canadian metalcore band Abandon All Ships combine elements of electronic music and post-hardcore and technical metal into a strangely triumphant hybrid.
^Bradley, Stephen (February 28, 2011). "Music Review: ...And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Dead -- Tao of the Dead". The Washington Times Communities -- Riffs. Retrieved 2011. The Trail of Dead has been known as something of a sprawling band ever since the band's first release in 1998. They've always been able to incorporate elements of noise rock and art rock into a post-hardcore foundation that allows for them to wander sonically not only from song to song but within each song itself and never losing the listener's interest in the song.
^Shepherd, Sam. "Alexisonfire - Crisis (review)". musicOMH. Retrieved . this'll be the third album from this bunch of Canadian emo types [...] if you will play the emo-band by numbers game and remove all the spaces from between the words in your name then you deserve everything you get [...] There's the familiar clash of the dual vocals, part screamo, and part pop melody chanting in evidence, as well as an endless squall of pepped up guitars, which feature heavily in these days of post hardcore and emo.
^Eremenko, Alexey. "The Amity Affliction biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015. Brisbane post-hardcore act Amity Affliction were formed in 2002 by a bunch of longtime pals, still high schoolers at the time, who had been affected by the death of their teenage friend in a road accident.
^ abcdefghijklmnopqrsTerich, Jeff (April 24, 2007). "The 90-Minute Guide -- Post-Hardcore". Treblezine. Archived from the original on April 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011. My Chemical Romance, Thrice and Alexisonfire may be considered post-hardcore by some, but, well, they suck. In this guide, I chose to focus on the most innovative and consistently good bands under the post-hardcore umbrella. Going in a sort of zig-zagging chronological order, here are the true essentials.
^Heaney, Gregory. "Being as an Ocean: How We Both Wondrously Perish". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015. On their second album, Being as an Ocean ... [offer] listeners a more refined take on their brand of post-hardcore. ...the band [has] a sound that few of its post-hardcore brethren even come close to touching.
^Heaney, Gregory. "Being as an Ocean Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016. Melodic hardcore outfit from Alpine, California merge drifting atmospheres with aggressive outbursts. ...Being as an Ocean are a post-hardcore band with a melodic and plaintive sound punctuated by outbursts of aggression.
^Freeman, Phil. "Heat Fetish -- The Bled AllMusic". AllMusic. AllMusic. Retrieved 2011. The Bled are relatively unconcerned with melody, edging more toward the metal side of post-hardcore than the alternative/emo side. There are brief bursts of prettiness, as well as guitar breaks/solos that sound like malfunctioning video game consoles on songs like "Smoke Breaks" and "Need New Conspirators," while "Crowbait" and "When Exiting Your Vehicle" feature momentarily diverting production tricks, and a clean chorus or two crops up here and there.
^John "Flip" Choquette (June 2011). "With Shivering Hearts We Wait"(album review). Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 2011. Four years later, Christian music's most popular Swedish post-hardcore band returns...
^Alex Henderson. "Portraits -- Bury Tomorrow | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012. and while Portraits isn't a five-star treasure, it is still a cut above many of the screamo/post-hardcore/melodic hardcore releases of the late 2000s/early 2010s.
^Roxburgh, Craig. "ALBUM REVIEW: Chunk! No Captain Chunk! - Get Lost, Find Yourself". Bring the Noise UK. Retrieved 2016. Over the past couple of years, Chunk! No Captain Chunk has consistently delivered their own particular brand of post-hardcore, watered down with pop punk influences and signature breakdowns that have been drawn straight out of melodic hardcore.
^ abcGotich, Lars (August 17, 2011). "pg. 99: A Document Revisited". NPR. Retrieved 2011. [...]there's a renewed interest in the emotional post-hardcore that bands like pg. 99, Orchid, Circle Takes the Square and Majority Rule pioneered, mostly by an audience that was far too young to hear it the first time around.
^"Eyes Set to Kill". Under the Gun. July 21, 2012. Archived from the original on May 11, 2013. The female-fronted post hardcore band, Eyes Set To Kill, have recently announced that they have signed with Century Media Records.
^Leahey, Andrew. "In Fear And Faith". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012. Formed in 2006 in San Diego, CA, In Fear & Faith wasted little time establishing...their blend of furious instrumentation, electronic flourishes, and screamo vocals.
^Apar, Corey. "Inhale/Exhale". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011. Based out of Canton, OH, the group combined their Christian faith with...post-hardcore into a melodic yet unforgiving sound to call their own.
^Chrysta Cherrie (October 30, 2011). "Wildlife -- La Dispute AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011. Grand Rapids, Michigan-based post-hardcore purveyors La Dispute have grown significantly since the release of debut record Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair in 2008, and the proof is in sophomore album Wildlife.
^Mischa Pearlman (June 4, 2011). "BBC -- Music -- Review of letlive. - Fake History". BBC Music. Retrieved 2011. There have been numerous comparisons to that Swedish post-hardcore troupe thrown at letlive., as well as mentions of other acclaimed pioneers of the genre such as Glassjaw and At the Drive-In. But Fake History firmly establishes letlive.
^Corcoran, Nina (June 11, 2015). "mewithoutYou - Pale Horses". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2015. On Pale Horses, [mewithoutYou] seek a comfortable spot between weighty post-hardcore and artful indie rock introspection, but ultimately sound suppressed.
^Greene Jr., James (June 26, 2010). "The Weakest Cut: Siamese Dream". Crawdaddy Magazine. Archived from the original on March 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011. [...] This is understandable, considering what end of the spectrum Albini hails from. The guy once fronted a post-hardcore outfit called Rapeman and has written too many scathing punk indictments of mainstream society to count. [...]
^Bradley, Stephen (September 22, 2010). "Concert review: Kevin Seconds". The Washington Times Communities -- Riffs. Retrieved 2011. [...] Where most punks from the '80s hardcore scene made the transition into hard rock or post hardcore outfits like Rollins Band and Fugazi, it still seems natural that he would make the jump into the acoustic side of things. [...]
^Robbins, Ira; Sprague, David. "Saccharine Trust". TrousserPress.com. Retrieved 2011. Too early to be post-hardcore but too uncommon for any simple classification, this Southern California quartet doesn't try to create a blizzard of noise -- they go at it more artfully, but with equally ear-wrenching results. [...]
^Monger, James Christopher. "Lost in the Sound of Separation -- Underoath | AllMusic". Retrieved 2011. 2006's Define the Great Line proved to be a turning point for faith-based, post-hardcore/screamo outfit Underoath. While the tendency to dissolve into the abyss of angtsy emo-pop was still there, there was a darkness lurking in the nooks and crannies between the crackling snare hits and heavy "drop-d" riffing that hinted at a little pre-evolution, a notion that comes to fruition with their sixth studio record and fourth for Solid State (the metal subdivision of Tooth & Nail Records).
^Monger, James Christopher. "Define the Great Line -- Underoath | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011. On their third full-length release, the Florida-based rockers have found the delicate middle ground between throat-shredding grindcore and My Chemical Romance/From Autumn to Ashes-style emo-punk, utilizing the highly flexible voice of Spencer Chamberlain as a compass for both melody and cacophony.