Tuesday 05 April 2005
I've been watching old Circle Jerks and Bad Religion videos all
day. I love all kinds of hardcore and need to talk about it.
Hardcore has always been one step ahead of punk ferocity. In the
old days hardcore was much more easier to define. It was faster
and louder than Punk. But the old definition has been for the
most part lost to the modern Punk populus. We call Black Flag
and Dead Kennedys and Bad Religion Punk Rock, from which
Hardcore was birthed, but they were most definitely in a league
all their own: Hardcore.
Now, what makes Hardcore, well, Hardcore? Well incase you're an
idiot and didn't catch it before (stupid fuck), Hardcore is just
crazier. It's louder. It's harder. Older Hardcore was easier to
differenciate. You played faster than say The Ramones, and often
just a simple 1 2 1 2 beat was used, because that was easy as
shit to play and do it fast (listen to "Walk Together, Rock
Together" by 7 Seconds and you'll see what I mean). The pace was
basically 100 times faster than anything before and the amps
were set to like 50 or something. That was old Hardcore, and it
Newer Hardcore is subject to stupid people, elitists, and
labelers (who also happen to be stupid). There's about a zillion
different kinds of hardcore. There's metalcore, grindcore (the
only two that make any semblance of sense), thugcore, japcore,
and the list could probably be endless. Who knows with these
names these retards make up.
Apparently "Thugcore" is non-political, non-melodic Hardcore.
Oh, non-political non-melodic yeah that makes sense... Oh wait!
NO IT FUCKING DOESN'T! ITS FUCKING HARDCORE AND THAT'S IT! And
calling something "Japcore" just because its from Japan is
fucking retarded. Do you call Agnostic Front Americore? NO SO
SHUT THE FUCK UP! Metalcore is labeled as a metal-hardcore
cross. This makes the most sense, but at the same time is still
stupid. Metalcore is now just flat out Hardcore. Metalcore is
modern Hardcore. It's a step ahead of Punk in loudness and
hardness. Therefore, bands like Hatebreed, Bury Your Dead, Shai
Hulud, and Killswitch Engage are really just still Hardcore at
heart. Grindcore is like crazy kind. It sort of goes all over
the place. The Dillinger Escape Plan is universally referred to
as grindcore, and if you listen to them you'll get what I mean.
They're about the only band that I accept the use of the
alternate word to describe it, because it actually fits. The
rest of the shit is stupid.
I will never understand why half of these idiots come up with
these berjillion names for shit. Math Metal. What the fuck is
that? Did they study Euclidian Geometry or something? Do they
write their music with mathematical formulas? I fucking doubt
As for the whole Metal/Hardcore mix-up. Since Hardcore has been
evolving faster and louder than Punk has, and so far Punk almost
always follows suit, Hardcore has become much more like Metal.
Some of these bands are advertised as Metal, but are Hardcore if
you listen and pay attention to it. Others are Hardcore but
called Metal. There are subtle differences in the music. If you
listen good Metal and then good Hardcore, you can tell the
difference. It's not easy to explain, because music is a weird
thing. But you can just tell. Of course not all Hardcore has
moved closer to Metal. Some retain the old style (Sick of it
All, Agnostic Front, etc).
Hardcore is, and always has been, awesome. It's the ultimate
fuck up music. You run in the pit, fuck shit up, and maybe leave
with a broken nose. Who cares. That's Hardcore, and it fucking