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A closer look into metalcore music

GABRIEL MATA/ THE RIDER

“How can I love when I never let anyone inside, burned one too many times.

In a world so full of hate, how can anyone rise above?

In a world so full of hate, how can I feel anything but lost?”

–“The Concrete Flower” by No Bragging Rights

At first glimpse, what do you think this song sounds like? Believe it or not, this song is originally belted at the top of No Bragging Rights vocalist Mike Perez’s lungs. Have you ever been so upset that you just needed to scream?

The music that comes from Metalcore bands is the embodiment of that feeling. While it is a genre that you have to adapt to, it’s some of the most inspiring music that I’ve encountered.

“Why does screaming in a song link it to evil? In reality, a lot of metalcore bands are Christian bands and sprinkle their faith into their music.”

“In the end it’s not about what you have. In the end it’s all about where you wanna go and the roads you take to help you get there”

–“This Is the House that Doubt Built” by A Day to Remember

Bands like A Day to Remember, No Bragging Rights, Of Mice & Men, etc., all have one thing in common: They sing to inspire. This type of music isn’t generally on the radio, which means these bands have few to no restrictions. With such free range, they’re able to speak about what truly matters to them.

There’s a big misconception with metalcore music, nowadays, as the genre is still relatively new (starting in the early 1990s). People have approached me and begged me to turn off my music because it’s “associated with the devil.” Their view baffles me. Why does screaming in a song link it to evil? In reality, a lot of metalcore bands are Christian bands and sprinkle their faith into their music.

I would hope that artists got so passionate that they just had to scream it to the world. I enjoy the idea that artists I look up to love their art so much that they’d break the norm and present it the way it is in their heads.

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