My post about Her Demise My Rise made me reminisce back to a certain era of music… and since the readers of SYWH seem to be suckers for things that give them nostalgia boners, why not talk about it? I’m referring to all of those old west coast/southwestern deathcore bands from like 2005-2008ish who came from rich suburbs in Arizona and nice parts of California. Deathcore was the biggest “core” trend of the late 2000′s and this whole area was the breeding grounds for it. I personally think it’s funny to use the term “old school deathcore” but to alot of you guys who read this site, this stuff probably came out when you were in middle school and IS considered old school to you.
Anyone who went on MySpace alot 7-8 years ago probably remembers how big this band was. It seemed as if this was the default song on every scene kid’s page at one point. Job For A Cowboy’s key role in helping popularize the deathcore trend could be seen as somewhat of an accident though, as they were just a metalcore band who were trying to become a death metal band. I didn’t have the luxury of seeing these bands in their earlier years (via living in Canada), so the first time I saw them live was shortly before they transitioned into straight up death metal with their full length, and I remember being really bummed out cause they played a bunch of new songs which were void of high screams and mosh parts. Looking back on their scene era, it’s weird to think that they’re just a metal band playing to metalheads now.
I know they’ve been mentioned alot on here before, but you can’t leave Suicide Silence out of the discussion if we’re talking about this style of music. If you never really clued in to what makes a band become popular and blow up and why others remain obscure, it’s all about who did it first. Suicide Silence were one of the first (if not the first) br00talcore bands. They were playing this style back in 2004 when everyone else was still trying to sound like At The Gates. Sure, deathcore is an irrelevant genre now but they were able to take their popularity in the genre at the time and transition into being a big scene band in general (kinda like how neon pop is dead but All Time Low is still a huge band). RIP Mitch Lucker.
Knights of the Abyss were one of those bands that seemed like they were going to blow up and get huge but they never quite made it there. I don’t think their full length albums ever lived up to their old demos, like this song, which is a certified MySpace deathcore classic. Adding random comedy movie quotes and having lyrics like “chainsaw to the pussy” are part of why I loved this genre so much. It’s like Death Metal if it wasn’t monotonous, took itself way less seriously, and added breakdowns.
Carnifex was a solid band that showed up early enough to the deathcore party to get popular off of it. They are actually to my surprise, still a band. I think they broke up for like 5 months last year and now they’re back releasing a new album in March. This video showcases an early incarnation of the “girl tied down to a chair” music video, a concept that has since been used by many crabcore and sludgewave artists.
This era was funny because it was when kids couldn’t decide if they wanted to dress scene or gangster so they’d wear a New Era hat ontop of their swoopy hair. Also mirin his Bape hoodie. Seriously, has anyone been spotted wearing any Bape articles of clothing past like 2007?
Elysia was a sweet band that were a bit more on the hardcore side of things. They had legit some of the best chants in deathcore (“my thumbs are in your eyes and they keep fucking pushing!”). Despite being one of the first bands to play this style, once they released their second album, which basically was just Converge worship, everyone was all on their nuts for being so unique and not sounding like every other band in the scene. I guess ripping off bands from the 90′s = more original than pioneering a new genre in 2005.
Misericordiam was the definition of br00tal. They transitioned into brutal death metal with their next release and even got cred among tr00 metalheads but this EP is quintessential old school deathcore. I love the brackets in the title of this video, indicating that this song does, infact, have sick breakdowns.
These guys were probably one of the first bands to play this style, they just weren’t very good at it. I’m pretty sure after this album they transitioned into generic metalcore for their second one. Still, I’d be lying if I said the breakdown in this song didn’t go hard.
Back then, there was this record label called “This City Is Burning” who a few of these bands were signed to (Carnifex, Underneath The Gun, Her Demise My Rise) and they put out these gold foil shirts (remember gold foil shirts?) that said “Stay Brutal” on them. Anyway, I’m probably in the small minority of weird people who noticed/was intrigued by the fact that Snooki randomly was wearing said shirt.
The Irish Front is another one of those bands that seemed like they were destined to get huge but sadly never amounted to much. Although their later stuff takes a much more technical/scenegrind approach to the deathcore sound and demonstrates that they’re actually really fucking good at their instruments, they’ll probably always be remembered by this lulzy song from their generic br00talcore era.
These guys were so sick and had the potential to go somewhere (they were actually signed to Metal Blade at one point) but I guess the band fell through before they got the chance to put out an album. Apparently one of the guitarists is trying to revive the band now. Not sure how much luck he’ll have finding people who are stoked to play this type of music in 2014.
I remember back when these bands would have girls write their name on their tits and it made me think “damn, I should start a deathcore band so I can get slutty groupies too” but then I would see the same girl with a different band written on her tits and realized that they probably just paid her.
I have a weird fascination with obscure forgotten bands that nobody cares about and I promised myself that I wouldn’t talk about too many of those types of bands in this post. I think I’ve done a good job of keeping that promise so far but fuck it… I’m talking about a weird obscure band now. Since these bands are mostly all interchangeable, choosing these guys over “A Bloody Epitaph” or “Last Minute Massacre” (it sounds like I’m making those up as a joke but those are both real bands srs) was essentially like picking a name out of a hat. These guys were from Arizona and sound like many other Arizona bands from that time. I feel like their song title follows the whole fun approach to the genre that Knights Of The Abyss and The Irish Front took. I hear some early Job For A Cowboy in their sound, although, this song came out in 2006, not long after Job For A Cowboy’s Doom EP was released, so that means these guys were quick on their feet when it came to hopping onto the deathcore trend. Kudos to them!
As Blood Runs Black were a bit more on the ATTHEGATESCORE side of things but while also bringing a strong deathcore element to the table, so sort of an inbetween I guess. These guys were legit big for a while but it seems like they had lots of lineup instability which caused them to not release their sophomore album until 5 years after their first one, which led to alot of their fans to losing interest. Plus I think that album kind of flopped. Their first one still goes hard though. Some of the best breakdowns ever.
It’s a shame these guys didn’t stick around for longer cause they were sweet. As far as I know, they only have this one EP. Lol @ the youtube description of this video though. “This band is very rare. You can’t even find the band on YouTube or Google just by typing the artist, you have to be very specific.” Oh wow, you mean if I type in the title of the most recognizable song by one of the most iconic artists in the history of music, then it won’t lead me to the short-lived obscure Californian deathcore band? They must be really rare then!