A combination of metal and hardcore punk that began to take shape during the mid 1990s. What differentiates metalcore from other combinations of metal and hardcore punk, such as crossover thrash, is the emphasis on breakdowns and greater use of dissonance.
Examples of this are Earth Crisis, Day of Suffering, Integrity, Ringworm or Starkweather
Subgenres of metalcore include mathcore (Botch, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Car Bomb) and melodic metalcore which is the most recognized offshoot that developed in the 2000s (Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Parkway Drive)
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