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Melodic Metalcore

Melodic metalcore is a fusion genre, incorporating elements of metalcore and melodic death metal, with a heavy emphasis on melodic instrumentation, blast beats, metalcore-stylized breakdowns and clean singing. The genre has seen commercial success for employing a "more accessible and commercial style" than typical metalcore.[1] Many notable melodic metalcore bands have been influenced by At the Gates.[2]

Prominent melodic metalcore bands such as Killswitch Engage have been described as "radio-friendly metalcore."[3]

History

Unearth performing in 2016.

Origins

The style began in the late 1990s and early-2000s tracing its roots to melodic death metal groups such as At the Gates.[2] Florida's Poison the Well are considered one of, if not the first melodic metalcore band, proving extremely influential to subsequent bands thanks to their first two albums The Opposite of December and Tear from the Red,[4] along with bands like 7 Angels 7 Plagues, Dead to Fall, Chimaira, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and Unearth[5][6][7] Of these bands, frequently cited influenced include In Flames, Slayer, At the Gates and Pantera.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Commercial success

Killswitch Engage released their sophomore album Alive or Just Breathing in 2002, which has been noted as a significant influence on many bands to follow,[14] such as Jinjer, August Burns Red and Miss May I.[15][16][17]The Amity Affliction formed in 2003, and is a significant contributor to melodic metalcore.[1] By 2004 the genre saw increasing prominence, with Shadows Fall's The War Within debuting at number 20 on the Billboard album chart.[18]Trivium released their sophomore album, Ascendancy, in 2005, which peaked at 75 on the UK Albums Chart, made the band one of the more prominent bands in the scene at that point, despite changing their style away from melodic metalcore on many occasions.[19][20]Killswitch Engage's 2006 effort As Daylight Dies was described by Brandon Tadday of Overdrive Magazine as "without a doubt one of the most impactful releases for melodic metalcore during the mid-2000s",[20] peaking at number 32 on the Billboard 200 and spending 22 weeks in the charts.[21] In 2008 the 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.[22] 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 melodic metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine's third album Fever debuted at number 3 selling more than 71,000 copies in its first week in the U.S. and more than 21,000 copies in the UK during 2010 alone.[23] Australian melodic metalcore band Parkway Drive's[24] third album Deep Blue reached number three on the Billboard Rock Charts in 2010,[25] along with Miss May I's album Rise of the Lion having reached number 6 in 2014.[26][27]

Characteristics

Melodic metalcore band All That Remains performing at the Ozzfest in 2006.

Melodic metalcore bands often take influence from the guitar riffs and writing styles of Swedish melodic death metal bands, especially At the Gates, In Flames, Arch Enemy and Soilwork.[1][2][28] Practitioners of the genre tend to make use of instrumental melody, and many prominently feature clean singing alongside typical metalcore growls and screams. Melodic metalcore often promotes "very positive lyrical content."[29] The genre can also feature harmonic guitar riffs, tremolo picking, double bass drums and metalcore-stylized breakdowns.[30][31] Some bands include guitar solos.[32] A few of these groups, like Shadows Fall, have some appreciation for 1980s glam metal,[33] while other bands, such as Trivium and Bullet for My Valentine take a significant influence from thrash metal.[20]

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c "At The Gates Albums Ranked". Loudwire. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Killswitch Engage - 'Killswitch Engage' CD Review". Metalunderground.com. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ Delia, Anthony (7 July 2003). "CMJ Magazine" (821). CMJ. Retrieved 2018. 
  5. ^ "DEAD TO FALL". Retrieved 2018. 
  6. ^ "Part 2.3: When Acting As A Wave (Second-Wave Metalcore, 2000 - 2008)". Retrieved 2018. 
  7. ^ Deneau, Max. "7 Angels 7 Plagues Bucketworks, Milwaukee WI - December 17, 2006". 
  8. ^ Andrew, J. "Reflecting on The New Wave of American Heavy Metal". Metal Injection. Retrieved 2018. 
  9. ^ "Some Clarity". Kerrang!. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
  10. ^ Huey, Steve. "Shadows Fall AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018. 
  11. ^ Downey, Ryan. "Poison the Well AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018. 
  12. ^ Apar, Corey. "Dead to Fall AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018. 
  13. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Unearth AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018. 
  14. ^ Lawson, Dom. "Killswitch Engage: Incarnate review - melodic metalcore veterans still fiery". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018. 
  15. ^ Brown, Gavin. "INTERVIEW: Jinjer". Retrieved 2018. 
  16. ^ Briggs, Sam. "Interview: Miss May I". Retrieved 2018. 
  17. ^ Ditzel, Elearnor. "AllMusic Related". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018. 
  18. ^ "Shadows Fall - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ "Trivium UK albums charts". UK Albums Charts. Retrieved 2018. 
  20. ^ a b c "Overdrive". SHAPING METAL: THREE INFLUENTIAL MELODIC METALCORE ALBUMS OF THE NOUGHTIES. Retrieved 2018. 
  21. ^ "KILLSWITCH ENGAGE CHART HISTORY". Retrieved 2018. 
  22. ^ "All That Remains - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ "Bullet for My Valentine - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ Parker, Matt. "Killswitch Engage's 8 tips on mastering metalcore". Retrieved 2018. 
  25. ^ "PARKWAY DRIVE CHART HISTORY". Retrieved 2018. 
  26. ^ "Miss May I Chart History". Retrieved 2018. 
  27. ^ "Miss May I Rise of the Lion". Retrieved 2018. 
  28. ^ D. Taylor, Jason. "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008. Atreyu's debut album, Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses, is an invigorating foray into melodic metalcore in the vein of Darkest Hour, Poison the Well, and Eighteen Visions. 
  29. ^ "20 albums we can't believe turn 10 this year - Features - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved . 
  30. ^ "It's Through the Approach". El Paisano. September 12, 2007. Archived from the original on January 14, 2009. Retrieved 2008. 
  31. ^ "Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses review". mp3.com. Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. 
  32. ^ "Taste of Chaos", Revolver, June 2008, p. 110. "This is the Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour, a night when heavier melodic-metalcore bands like Atreyu and Avenged Sevenfold intend to position themselves as the next generation of bands to actually pack arenas (...)".
  33. ^ Dan Epstein, "The Brewtal Truth", Revolver, November 2004, p. 65.

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