WHAT THE HECK IS DEATHCORE?


So you’ve been listening to radio one, and you actually quite like the latest Bring Me The Horizon track (we are loving it) but does this make you a full on deathcore fan? 

Sounds pretty scary eh? But never fear, Barclaycard Arena is here to give you all the deets.

We popped onto Urban dictionary (yes we know, risky, but we like to live life on the edge) and it describes the deathcore genre as “… a style of extreme music often confused by its fans with death metal. Deathcore draws heavily from the "malcore" style of metalcore in the sense that elements of its sound, both in composition and production, are rejected by the more conservative metal culture (ex. death/black/thrash/sludge metal).” Sorted, makes perfect sense right?! Don’t worry, only one person in our office knew what ‘malcore’ and ‘sludge metal’ were.

So basically deathcore is a fusion of death metal (super heavy, distorted guitars, super-fast bass and snare drums also known as blastbeat) and metalcore (extreme metal and hardcore punk combined into one mega genre). Think loud guitars with deathmetal riffs, blast beats, metalcore breakdowns, where the diff musicians play their parts solo and then come together again. And of course low growls and shrieked screams for the vocals – not the sort of thing you can really sing along to (but we’d like to see you try).

Now we know we’re simplifying this a bit so apologies to anyone reading this who has been there from the start but for us late starters we’re doing our best to learn before we’re standing front row at the BMTH gig.

Here’s a bit of history - the deathcore genre first came about in the mid-90s, used to describe bands like Earth Crisis, Antagony and Despised Icon (look them up) however Despised Icon actually rejected the label despite often being heralded as pioneers of the genre. It all went a bit quiet after that until the late 2000s, when our faves BMTH appeared on the scene along with U.S band Suicide Silence; both of which have seen chart success not only in Rock Charts but in mainstream ones too, plus numerous awards.

As with all bands though, they change and evolve as they get older and BMTH are no exception. Their sound now is so different to when they started out so we’d definitely recommend you check out some of Bring Me The Horizon’s older stuff like their first album Suicide Season if you haven’t already. And next time you find yourself in a mosh pit you can wow your fellow gig-goers with your deathcore genre knowledge, or better yet just rock out with the best of them.

Bring Me The Horizon head to Barclaycard Arena in November 2016 and we cannot wait!