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grindcore > late 1980s > goregrind

stylistic origins: grindcore / death metal
cultural origins: late 1980s, England

Early work of British band Carcass is considered a prime example of this style.

Cyjan, drummer Polish goregrind band Dead Infection, commented, “Musically, there’s no real difference between grindcore and goregrind, but lyrically, whereas the first is socially and politically concerned, goregrind, as the name implies, deals with everything related to blood, pathological aspects or accidents with fatal results.”

Cliteater – Bruce Dick In Son; Carcass – Reek of Putrefaction; Dead Infection – It’s Over:

subgenres goregrind: deathgrind, pornogrind


goregrind > late 1980s > deathgrind

deathgrind (death-grind, death/grind):
stylistic origins: death metal / grindcore
cultural origins: late 1980s, United States and England

Terrorizer extreme music magazine published by Dark Arts in the United Kingdom described deathgrind as “combining the technicality of death metal with the intensity of grindcore.”

Zero Tolerance Magazine described deathgrind as “grindcore and brutal death metal colliding head on.”

Terrorizer – Darker Days Ahead; Cattle Decapitation – Your Disposal; Cephalic Carnage – Endless Cycle of Violence:


New York hardcore > late 1980s > heavy hardcore

Heavy hardcore (also known as tough guy hardcore, beatdown hardcore, moshcore, and brutal hardcore):
stylistic origins: hardcore punk, thrash metal, youth crew, crossover thrash
cultural origins: late 1980s, New York City, New York, U.S.

Is a subgenre of hardcore punk that incorporates more music elements of heavy metal than traditional hardcore punk.

Heavy hardcore emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s with bands such as Killing Time, Madball, and Sheer Terror. In the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2000s, many other heavy hardcore bands, such as Hatebreed, Bulldoze, Shai Hulud, and Strife, all became prominent heavy hardcore bands. Heavy hardcore bands such as Terror and Death Before Dishonor gained cult followings in the mid-to-late-2000s.

Killing Time – Telltale; Hatebreed – Destroy Everything; Death Before Dishonor – Break Through It All:

fusion genres: metalcore

Heavy hardcore > late 1980s > metalcore

metalcore (metallic hardcore):
stylistic origins: extreme metal / hardcore punk / crossover thrash
cultural origins: late 1980s, United States

Metalcore is a broad fusion genre of extreme metal and hardcore punk. The word is a blend of the names of the two genres. Among other genres blending metal and hardcore, such as crust punk and grindcore, metalcore is noted for its use of breakdowns, which are slow, intense passages that are conducive to moshing. Pioneering metalcore bands—such as Integrity, Earth Crisis and Converge, all of which had formed by 1990—are described as leaning more toward hardcore, with their style sometimes being called metallic hardcore, whereas later bands—such as Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Bullet for My Valentine, and Parkway Drive —are described as leaning more towards metal. Pantera and Sepultura have been particularly influential to the development of metalcore in the 2000s, which saw many bands in the genre achieve considerable commercial success.

Integrity – Systems Overload; Earth Crisis – To Ashes; Converge – No Heroes:

subgenres: mathcore, melodic metalcore

fusion genres: deathcore, electronicore, nu metalcore


late 1980s > powerviolence

powerviolence (power violence):
stylistic origins: thrashcore / grindcore
cultural origins: late 1980s, North America

Late 1980s pioneer powerviolence is Infest.

Powerviolence is an extremely dissonant and fast subgenre of hardcore punk.
In contrast with grindcore, which is a “crossover” idiom containing musical aspects of heavy metal, powerviolence is just an augmentation of the most challenging qualities of hardcore punk. It does, however, share grindcore’s noise music influence. Like its predecessors, it is usually socio-politically charged and iconoclastic.

The genre solidified into its most commonly recognized form in the early 1990s, with the sounds of bands such as Man Is the Bastard, Crossed Out, Neanderthal, No Comment and Capitalist Casualties.
Powerviolence influence some later grindcore and hardcore punk artists, such as Insect Warfare.

Capitalist Casualties – Self Abuse; Infest – Terminal Nation; Charles Bronson – Standing In Front of Bulldog Records:

derivative forms: bandana thrash

fusion genres: emoviolence


emo > early 1990 > screamo

stylistic origins: emo / hardcore punk / post-hardcore
cultural origins: early 1990s, San Diego, California, U.S.

Screamo is characterised by a strong influence from hardcore punk and the use of screamed vocals.
Lyrical themes: emotional pain, romantic interest, politics and human rights.

Screamo arose as a distinct music genre in 1991, in San Diego, at the [wiki]Ché Café[/wiki], including bands such as Heroin and Antioch Arrow and developed in the late 1990s mainly by bands from the East Coast of the United States such as Orchid, Saetia, and Pg. 99.
An example of early screamo by Portraits of Past, an influential band which helped define the genre.

An example of contemporary screamo by Loma Prieta, featuring harsh vocals, stylistic transitions, and emotional lyrics.

Bang Yer Head by Portraits of Past, Fly By Night by Loma Prieta:


fusion genres: emoviolence


early 1990 > pornogrind

pornogrind (porngrind, pornogore):
stylistic origins: grindcore / death metal / goregrind
cultural origins: early 1990s, Germany and United States

The genre is related to, and similar to, goregrind, but minor differences from goregrind include pornogrind having “simpler, slower, and more rock-like songs” as well as the genre’s pornographic theme present in lyrics and album artwork.
Notable bands of the genre include: Gut, Cock and Ball Torture, Spasm and Rompeprop.

Cock and Ball Torture – Supreme Genital Goddess; Gut-Sperm Poisoning; Spasm – Menses Businessman:


metalcore > early 1990s > mathcore

stylistic origins: metalcore / math rock / heavy metal / hardcore punk
cultural origins: early to mid-1990s, United States

Mathcore is mix heavy metal and hardcore punk, a rhythmically complex and dissonant style of metalcore.
Antecedent to mathcore is Black Flag, in 1984, with the album My War.
Many groups from the mathcore scene paid tribute to Black Flag for the album Black on Black.

mathcore pioneers: Converge, Coalesce, Botch and the Dillinger Escape Plan.

Math rock bands Shellac,Slint, Dazzling Killmen, Drive Like Jehu and Don Caballero have some influence on mathcore, though mathcore is more closely related to metalcore. Prominent mathcore groups have been associated with grindcore.
Botch – Man The Ramparts; Car Bomb – Black Blood; Converge – Fault and Fracture:


early 1990s > digital hardcore

digital hardcore:
stylistic origins: hardcore punk / hardcore techno / noise rock / drum and bass / breakcore / industrial rock
cultural origins: early 1990s, Germany

Digital hardcore music is typically fast and abrasive; combining the speed, heaviness and attitude of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and partly of riot grrrl with electronic music such as hardcore techno, jungle, drum and bass, glitch, and industrial rock. Some bands, like Atari Teenage Riot, incorporate elements of hip-hop music, such as freestyle rap.
The music was first defined by the band Atari Teenage Riot, who formed in Berlin, Germany in 1992. The band’s frontman, Alec Empire, coined the term “digital hardcore”
Atari Teenage Riot – Midijunkies; SCHIZOID – Generation Fuck You; Alec Empire – Addicted to you


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