ATTACK ATTACK!, the former kings of crabbing the core, have gone to a much more we-are-srs-djent mixed with radio rock chorusy route, as evident by their new ‘politically charged’ music video.
They love their country so much, they’re trying to vaguely do what’s best for it. Their lyrics went from being vaguely about partying and God at the same time, to be about ‘real’ and ‘complex’ emotions in very vague ways. You can read a big ol’ long detailed description of it in the post before this one, but it is clear that their days of digging on the beach are done. They’re going to try to save face by touring with the Ghost Inside and hoping srscore will accept them. Good for them if you’re into that, but more importantly, WHO WILL FILL THE VOID ON THE CRABCORE THRONE????*
SKIP THE FOREPLAY?
They are Epitaph, and do love to party. But their nu-metalness may keep kids from grasping on to the appeal immediately, and they are from Canada. The last Candian crabcore sensation was Abandon All Ships, who followed Attack Attack’s blueprint exactly, yet I haven’t heard anything from them in like a year. Must not have worked too well. These guys seem like Dukes of Crabcore if they’re lucky.
WOE IS ME????
These guys would have definitely be the heirs to crabcore like six months ago. They were blowing up, had a record with only breakdowns and clean parts, tumblrsluts were all over them, but then their vocalist ditched crabcore to go all RnB. That usually means nothing good for a rising young band, and they’re coming out with a rerelease instead of a new album. Rise must smell their train derailing clearly enough to only pay to record like two new songs in their last money-grab attempt. Poor guys, so close, and they really want to be famous instead of breaking up too. They can be Vice Chancellors of Crabcore, and Presidents of Changostudioscore, which is pretty similar, just less dancey.
MAKE ME FAMOUS???
File these guys under lulzy Europeans and five year old trends. I chose a live video so you can look at that headset on clean vocal bro. Cause without seeing it its hard to believe its real. They’re trying all the old school scenecore things like way too late, looking like Confide and sounding a little too generic metalcorey to really take off in crabcore. Whiny headset bro might hold them back too, but I’m usually wrong on that type of thing. I pronounce them Crabcore Foreign Affairs Council Members.
WE CAME AS ROMANS????
I gotta mention these guys because they are one of the biggest bands in the world with any crabcore influence. But I’d say really they are more TDWP sounding than Attack Attack, and have more of a programming focus than straight synth loops. That, and I heard they generally released the Hangover 2 of crabcore albums, in that it sounds the same as the first one, but whatever. If they release a third heavy on the synth and mosh they should definitely be the Crabcore kings, but they’ll probably try to be more serious and real, as per the trends, or follow in Asking Alexandria**/Escape the Fate’s footsteps and act like rockstars. Their screamer bro is great tho. They’re like Archbishops of mosh4Christ to the Devil Wears Prada’s Pope of Mosh4Christ, with a dual position as Treasurers of Crabcore, cause they make bank on merch all day.
I SEE STARS??????????
This is my pick above the rest. I See Stars used to be a dece crabcore local band, then signed to
Epitaph SUMERIAN and became a pretty poppy band with some heavy parts. They chose to go really poppy instead of heavy on their second album, pretty much to be Forever the Sickest Kids with breakdowns. Apparently that didn’t work at all, so they went back to the studio after like two months to record what should be a heavier straight crabcore record. Autotune is back, breakdowns are like tripled per their breakdown per song average, and their is weird random synth shit everywhere. Guessing this album will be 30-40% breakdowns, a formula guaranteed to succeed. If they can pull it off before srscore gets a stranglehold on the market, I See Stars should be the very profitable Kings of Crabcore very soon. For now, I’ll call them the Princes of Crabcore.
But what do you think?? There should be plenty of up and coming crabcore senators ready to pounce on a vacated throne that I am forgetting about! Or a lot of crabcore peasants who may have a really nice video and all the right moves, but don’t really have a chance to become crabcore royalty. Becoming the Royalty is also probably a crabcore band.
*This is a totally objective summary of potential huge crab bands based on marketability and appeal to the scene market. Remember, crabcore is pretty much basic metalcore sound with choreographed stage moves and heavy synth usage.
**While slightly crabcore, Asking Alexandria really just threw scene trends in a blender for their first album, and the synth breakdowns and dance parts didn’t last for their later stuff, so they’re not really even in the strictly crabcore conversation. Kings of We-Wish-It-Was-The-80′s-Core.