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How does one stand out in current metalcore scene?

2011.06.23 17:14



Metal music, since its inception, has developed in many ways and I feel safe to say the most popularized subgenre of it today is metalcore. Metalcore indeed made a breakthrough in metal history by successfully combining groovy and melodic element with the coarse element of metal.

However, in the plethora of metalcore music today, artists are easily to become jaded into just another similar sounding band utilizing slightly differentiated but the same guitar riffs and inaudible screams. The best example would be the existance of breakdown in many (insert metal genre)core songs, most famously deathcore. Although they sound brutal, as some say, after a while they sound annoyingly identical regardless of the band!

Not only the breakdown is homogenous, but also the guitar riffs as I mentioned above are pretty much similar at times. I am not going to go into the details as it will provoke disputes among the music fans, but don't we, for instance, hear 4/4 constant down picking all the time for the entire duration of the album?

Then, how would one be able to create something new and fresh, as opposed to relentless and boring nature of the so-called metalcore? I think the answer lies in the utilization of keyboard and synthesizer, or even other unconventional instruments. The examples include such bands as The Devil Wears Prada, because their music sounds really distinguishable due to the augmented melodic influence.

The Devil Wears Prada


Another would be to use clean vocals intermittently throughout the songs, but even this is cloying nowadays because many bands try this. In my opinion, to make the best out of clean vocals, the vocal should be able to hit the really high notes so that their music is not easily imitatable.

Music evolves, and when we are done with metalcore other subgenre should emerge. Nonetheless, I think talented musicians will continue to stand out of the identical masses of metalcore bands and lead the creative way to the preservation of the genre and constructive creation of another style of music.
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