Top Ten Metalcore / Hardcore Bands


The Top Ten

1 Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.

There isn't really a close second. One of the ONLY metalcore bands capable of not overdoing the 'cookie monster' crunch while maintaining a melody line. 'As Daylight Dies' is basically the 'Master of Puppets' of metalcore...probably the high water mark for the entire genre.

Songs to listen: My Curse, Arms Of Sorrow, The End Of Heartache -

Its the best Metalcore and in the world!

Best of the best

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2 Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria Asking Alexandria are an English metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire formed initially in 2008 by lead guitarist Ben Bruce along with former lead singer Danny Worsnop, bassist Joe Lancaster, keyboardist and synth player Ryan Binns, and current members drummer James Cassells and rhythm guitarist more.

How the hell is Asking Alexandria hardcore?! They're a disgrace to the world of heavy metal and most certainly don't deserve this spot. Plus they (as well as half of the bands on here) are POST-hardcore, not hardcore. Know the difference.

Best music in Vans Warped Tour and best album Reckless and Relentless also won 9 magazine appearances - azaanansari

Asking alexandria should be number 1 in top ten of the metalcore bands


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3 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). more.

Just listen to "Waking The Fallen" album. All of you, would be proud of Avenged!

Avenged Sevenfold has the greatest guitarist on the planet... Listen to, Unholy Confessions, god hates and you will be hooked.

Hell yeah. A7X is amazing. I do think they should be in the top 3 though. - gavinc123

A7x foREVer

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4 All That Remains All That Remains All That Remains is an American heavy metal band from Springfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1998. They have released eight studio albums, a live CD/DVD, and have sold over a million records worldwide.

as i lay dying is good, but mosst of their songs sound the same. all that remains though, sound more unique and phils vocal range can go from high (listen to the song "six") to death metal vocals (listen to the song "the weaked willed" - someguy12345

Defines the Metalcore genre by far, absolutely brilliant band. Albums to purchase: For We Are Many, Overcome and The Fall of Ideals

Black veil brides is here and Parkway drive isn't, gosh this is embarrassing.

Someguy12345, you are wrong. all that remains is horrible, and as I lay dying are great. gtfo scrub

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5 August Burns Red August Burns Red August Burns Red is an American metalcore band from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records. Afterwards, more.

THIS RIGHT HERE. August Burns Red is infinitely better than all the band's above. They are even better than Killswitch Engage. Just listen to the talent in every single member. Also realize that this is true metalcore.

Songs to listen: Marianas Trench, Meddler, Composure, Back Burner -

RLY BADASS SHOULD B NUMBER 1! definitely listen to composure

Should be number one for sure! ABR has wonderful lyrical messages, great technicality, melody, other band compares to them! Also, slipknot is not metalcore.

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6 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. more.

Slipknot is a nu - metal band. Nu metal is the most hated genre of metal music and Slipknot is the most popular member of that scene. Not even close to true metalcore.

Although I love Slipknot so much, they aren't metalcore. They're nu metal or heavy metal. It's great that they're in top ten but they still aren't metalcore -

These emo bands and Avenged Sevenfold ahead of Slipknot... ? Killswitch Engage is the only one that comes close but when it comes to being hardcore Slipknot reigns supreme.


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7 Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon Bring Me the Horizon is a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively more.

A band which started with a not-so-quite respectable repulation, mainly because of them being scene and not to mention their shoddy lyrical content. Cleans up it's act on the later albums like 'There's a Hell... '. Producing musically experimental and songs that pump you up. Following their later album, Sepiternal which is a worthy of being called a masterpiece, shows the band at their best. From what they have come and then gone through, they have certainly improved like anything. This deserves to be somewhere around 1, or even number 1 in the coming times.

They are an amazing band and Oliver's voice is amazing. They deserve number 1! :D and if you went to warped tour in Florida st Pete and went to the BMTH like I did, you would have seen how big the circle pit was and literally almost everyone that went to warped tour was in that crowd it was huge! Which proves people love them. Plus there lyrics are great, even though they may say bad things and to some people that's all they hear but if you know what he's saying and's great BMTH is my inspiration.

Definitely edging away from being a metalcore band and That's The Spirit contains no metalcore but still a great band - brings this sort of thing into the public eye and they have some very eclectic stuff.

Really Avenged Seven Old is above these guys. BS. Way better band Top 4 at least

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8 Of Mice & Men Of Mice & Men

OM&M is the best! Austin's voice is thrilling and Aaron's clean vocals really blends in... Their lyrics are really inspirational and heart touching. You guys must listen to Second and Sebring, and if you don't want unclean vocals, My Understandings and Another You are the best songs! And OM&M are really cute people and they really love their fans and their live performances are fab! Please listen to them! They are the best and I swear you will be their craziest fans ever!

Their newest album is by far my favorite album of 2014, vocals are a god damn thing of beauty! Screaming, to die for. Beat, to die for. Lyrics, mean stuff. Listen to them. Love them.

Best metalcore band! Their songs are catchy and lyrics are genuine and inspirational and also they're such nice people! Austin's vocals are killer, he can scream his heart out and they put on amazing shows and hilarious interviews! Songs like second & sebring are written from the heart about Austin's mother and songs like Ohioisonfire shows their passion and anger.

How this number ten it should be higher on the scale one of my favorite bands

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9 Bullet For My Valentine Bullet For My Valentine Bullet for My Valentine are a Welsh metalcore band from Bridgend, formed in 1998 . The band is composed of Matthew Tuck (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Michael Paget (lead guitar, backing vocals), Michael Thomas (drums) and Jamie Mathias (bass guitar). Former members include Nick Crandle and Jason James; more.

bullet for my valentine are the best band in the entire universe.
They have an awesome band. their awesome songs rock every coner of the world! bullet for my valentine rock. they should be in the number one place and metallica suck to the core. Long live bullet for my valentine. long live bullet for my valentine! Go drums! Go vocals! Go guitar riffs!. GO BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE!

I totally agree with this list this is a perfect band like system of a down. Bullet For My Valentine have so powerful scream and brutal solo. Nothing to explain if you really like metalcore without any doubt you will like bullet for my valentine. They rocks man. They are my best band and probably they are the king of of metalcore and screamo

The best band ever to walk on the earth! Their songs, style, screaming, rhythm, everything is so good that you will get addicted to this band! B4MV! - zobaer

Eh... really? The fanbase of this band is like the most annoying people I know. This band is not THE METAL band like every single person that likes them says. This band hasn�'t done anything new. They aren�'t creative or unique. They are stuck in their little tight box of comfort. They don�'t even come close to being a good metal band. And to all the fans of this band- STOP BEING SO ANNOYING, jesus. Stop saying all other bands are bad because that makes you posers, and nobody likes posers do they.

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10 As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying As I Lay Dying is an American metalcore band from San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by vocalist Tim Lambesis, the establishment of the band's first full lineup, which included drummer Jordan Mancino, occurred in 2001. As I Lay Dying has released six albums, one split album, and two compilation more.

Man... Bullet and all that remains have not enough talent against As I Lay Dying. Song you should listen to: "Parallels, The Sound Of Truth, Nothing Left, Forever, and Through Struggle.

these guys play better LIVE than they do in the studio. I'll never forget COOL tour 2010.

Wall Of Death while they played 'Confined'. It was raw.

Asking Alexandria should not be number 1. As I Lay Dying have definitely earned that slot. Bullet For My Valentine deserves a spot in the top 10, along with KSE and ATR. The rest of these bands have not earned a top 10 slot. They are more of that scene crowd than anything. Don't get me wrong I like some of them, but I wouldn't consider them the best Metalcore bands.

No other bands come even close..

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The Contenders

11 Atreyu

Songs to listen: Bleeding Mascara, Becoming The Bull, Falling Down, Two Become One -

Great true metalcore band that has survived many years. Far better than most bands hear except KSR, ABR, and As I Lay Dying.

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12 Gwar Gwar Gwar, often styled as GWAR, is an American heavy metal band formed in Richmond, Virginia, United States, in 1984, composed of and operated by a frequently rotating line-up of musicians, artists and filmmakers collectively known as Slave Pit Inc.
13 Parkway Drive Parkway Drive Parkway Drive is an Australian metalcore band from Byron Bay, New South Wales, formed in 2003. As of 2015, Parkway Drive has released five full-length albums, one EP, two DVDs, a split album and one book, titled Ten Years of Parkway Drive.

This band is crazy. Probably one of the best bands I have ever seen live. I have not seen any other vocalist connect to an Audience like Winston Mc'call does. What also makes this band unique is that they don't have hair style's. Aussie Aussie Aussie.

Easily the best band on this list. There's a lot of balls above it that I'd barely recognise as hardcore or metalcore. PWD displays every facet of what it takes to be the leader of this list, they're brutal live, energetic and super down to earth.

Vote parkway, they're dope!

It shocks me that this band is so so low on this list considering the fact that they should be up there with Bring me the Horizon, All that Remains and August Burns Red.

They should be number 2 below Killswitch, whoever says they don't deserve that probably never listen to them

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14 Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides Black Veil Brides is an American rock band currently consisting of Andy Biersack (vocals), Jinxx (guitar), Jake Pitts (guitar), Christian Coma (drums) and Ashley Purdy (bass), that formed in 2006 in Ohio. more.

Man this is a great band to listen to especially if you have a life filled with depression but they are not metalcore or hardcore they are Screamo, gothic glam metal not metalcore

This is a great band to listen to when you're in a really good or bad mood. They will bring you up when you're down and even higher when you're up

Most of their music has clean vocals, but even the screaming is amazing!

Awesome bvb

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15 Woe, Is Me

Number[s] is one of the greatest metalcore albums of all time!

16 A Day to Remember A Day to Remember A Day to Remember (often abbreviated ADTR) is an American rock band from Ocala, Florida, founded in 2003 by guitarist Tom Denney and drummer Bobby Scruggs. They are known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk. The band currently consists of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, rhythm guitarist more.

Theyve worked for everything they have nonstop and they're sound has matured every step of the way. And Jeremy Mckinnon is one of the best vocalist of this generation along with Danny Worsnop and Johnny Craig

Amazing vocals and actual talent. The greatest metalcore band out there.

They work their ass off for what they love and they have a perfect blend of punk and metal

My favorite band by far!

17 Issues

Tyler carter is one of the greatest singers of all time.

18 Trivium Trivium Trivium are an American heavy metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. After getting signed to Roadrunner Records in 2004, the band has released seven studio albums and nineteen singles.

The reason Trivium is 17th in this top, is because most of us, fans, don't think they're a metalcore/hardcore band. I'm pretty convinced they're better musicians than any of the other guys in any of these bands.

Songs to listen: Dying In Your Arms, Pull Harder Under The Strings Of Your Martyr, Theories Of Perdition, A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation, Ascendency. -

If these guys aren't the best at least they should just be the 2nd on this list behind Killswitch Engage of course.

These guys deserve a spot at no. 1

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Killswitch Engage
2. All That Remains
3. August Burns Red
1. Of Mice & Men
2. Asking Alexandria
3. Woe, Is Me
1. Gwar
2. Slipknot
3. Avenged Sevenfold

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