I hate it when people are like “MUSIC NAO SUCKS IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER BACK IN THE DAY,” but lettuce be cereal: sometimes there really are periods where music in general sucks shit. The hardcore scene circa 1988-1992 is a prime example (see Amenity, Mean Season, and Outspoken if you don’t believe me), but IMO 2000-2005 or so is an equally barren wasteland in the -core timeline.
I like to think of this period as hardcore’s “awkward teen years,” where it wasn’t really sure who it wanted to be so it got a stupid haircut and walked around being bitchy to everybody for no apparent reason. It was kind of stuck in the middle of the transition from the “real” hardcore/emo/screamo of the late 90s to the polished, accessible scene/Disneypunk bands of today. The result was that it was neither heavy nor melodic, just kinda in the middle.
Remember back in 2002, when bands could be popular even if they were hideously fucking ugly? The guy on the right seriously looks like he’s had reconstructive surgery after some horrible industrial accident and is just happy to have a nose again- the rest of the guys aren’t much better
As an extremist, that’s a problem for me. In the same way as all the 88-92 hardcore leaves me cold, I essentially couldn’t get into any of the bands that came out in the early/mid-00s because it’s all whiny faggotry over boring riffs that go in one ear and out the other. There’s no brutal mosh like Hatebreed, no huge catchy choruses that you want to sing along with in the car when you are cruising with your bros like FTSK, just a bunch of annoying emo fggts talking about how sad they are over jangly, weak riffs. NO EXTREMES = WACK.
Here’s a couple of the 00sCORE bands that remind me of the bad old days of 2001-2006, check them out and tell me how you used to love this band in 10th grade and that I’m not giving them a fair shot because ‘they helped you get through a lot of shit’:
I didn’t like From First To Last back then, and I like them even less now. IMO this band is the epitome of 00sCORE: Super corny, angsty lyrics about being sad, bland riffs that go nowhere, and everyone in the band looks like a fggt of the highest order. The only remarkable thing about them is that their singer turned into Skrillex, which I guess makes him the only person to be an annoying scenefag in two different generations of music.
Can anyone prove to me that From Autumn To Ashes and From First To Last aren’t actually the same band?? As far as I can tell there is essentially zero difference between the two?
I really wanted to like The Used, because the singer seemed like a cool guy and was a huge fuckup/drug addict but I just couldn’t do it. Too much dramatic, homosexual shrieking, too much stringy long hair, and too many fat girls squeezing into their shirts from the discount rack at Hot Topic.
Now here’s a band I can get behind: Atreyu. Although I think “Lead Sails, Paper Anchor” is their best album, it came out a little too late to be considered mid00s core IMO. In any case, big ups to them for pioneering glamcore, being all around good dudes, and putting Krystal Steal in this video!
Anybody remember JamisonParker?? I actually kinda like these fggts :( Also, they were huge undercover creeps: I did a video interview with them in 2005 or so and the singer made a super, super creepy “joke” about how he was a statutory rapist, but their manager made me erase the tape. Also, this fanmade video is really cringeworthy/awesome.
As I recall, Story Of The Year are fairly legit hardcore dudes from the St Louis scene, and even though the lyrics are super WHITEKNIGHTCORE, I’m into it. Also, they have another album from 2005 called “In The Wake Of Determination” that was pretty sweet melodic hardcore- check it out if you liked this single.
I have never understood the appeal of Underoath, especially this incarnation of the band which was neither heavy like their early shit or somewhat catchy rock like their later shit. Also, this video is gay as fuck- I love how this was when people still made “real” videos, which meant that they spent too much money on some hack director who knew nothing about the band or scene and came up with some retarded piece of shit like this.
It’s really funny to me how Thursday is considered a legit, “seminal” band now, because everybody hated on them and called them posers at the time (although I never accused them of being posers, just fggts who made shitty, dull music). I haven’t watched this video in like 8 years, and I forgot how shockingly ugly the singer is. Maybe him and the guy from Hawthorne Heights can have an “I KNOW THE FEEL, BRO” hug.
Dudes in Thrice seem like really good guys, but I never got why people jocked this band so hard? From what I can tell, people think they are “really talented musicians” who “push themselves to do something different than all the other bands,” but it just sounds like directionless ‘hard rock’ to me.
I’ll close with Matchbook Romance, who are another one of the few 00sCORE bands that I got into at the time. I actually got introduced to them by my former BFF who loves this band. He’s currently locked up for murder (srs) and I know for a fact he jams this in his cell with no fucks given- backed hard!
Wat u think about 00sCORE?? What bands define this era to you? Can someone explain the appeal of this stuff to me????? Who is more annoying, Sonny Moore or Bert McKraken?