As a very enthusiastic and long-time experieced listener, appreciater and student of what is heavy metal, hard rock and rock music in general, my level of nerdness has become what is known to man as genre-fascism.
This is very nessescary, BECAUSE, there is a lot of mistagging out on last.fm, and there are a lot of newbies, kids and ignorants that think everything with a distorted guitar is metal. This is wrong. Metal is defined by roots in the oldschool genre and a metal subgenre is defined by how big the share of roots still are in the metal area of the music.
Take this example: progressive metal
. It is metal, because the ground roots are in metal. It's heavy metal music with the time signatures of progressive rock
, the experimentalness of jazz fusion
and mixed with whatever other metal or non-metal genres, that depends on the band. But it's metal, because the subgenre is rooted in metal.metalcore
, however, is a hybrid genre. It is NOT, by ANY means, a subgenre of metal. It's hardcore punk with metal influences, basically. The roots of the metalcore genre is in punk, or more spezified: hardcore. When it comes to emo, screamo, emoviolence and scene, these genres are rooted in hardcore and punk as well, the difference from metalcore being that they have nothing to do with metal at all.
Just because a band is hard and with distortion and screamed vocals, doesn't mean it is metal. The first genre to use screamed vocals was hardcore punk. Later, metalbands actually got inspired by hardcore punk
when it came to speed and vocal styles, they just evolved them into another level.
And some may say that " Bullet for My Valentine
are melodic like metalbands are, and they have the attitude". Well, wrong. They may be melodic, but that's also a very very known characteristic in the melodic hardcore genre. Their attitude is not metal, they are HC-boys.
To be called a metal band,a band must have roots in metal. The sound, the imagery, the style and your musical elements must have roots in metal to be metal. If it doesn't have it, it's something else. There are two things every metal band after 79 on the planet have in common: Black Sabbath
and Judas Priest
. The inventors, creators and renewers of metal sound. Punk sounds entirely different from metal, and although some new hardcore bands are inspired by metal and have metal elements in their music, it still makes them a hardcore band, not a metal band. There's a difference between a subgenre and a hybrid genre.
No, this is not an attempt to be "trvv". I hate trvv metal fans, they are faggots. This is just to illuminate all the kids, and to show how important genre nazis are! Because we keep the genres in ORDER!
Bands often mistaken for being metal, but are really hardcore with metal influences:Bullet for My ValentineBring Me the HorizonThe Devil Wears PradaEscape the FateAtreyuAll That RemainsAs I Lay DyingParkway DriveAugust Burns RedSlipknot
+ all similar artists
And all similar bands.
No, I'm not questioning however these bands are good or not, I'm just saying that they are not bands in a metal subgenre. They are hardcore bands with metal influence and some of them even grunge roots.
Thanks for reading. And trolling is not nessescary, so just leave the facts to the facts.