As if punk rock weren't fast and aggressive enough, hardcore emerged in the late '70s as a leaner, meaner, uglier alternative to what most respectable folks already deemed the alternative. Whereas the Ramones dug '60s pop and the Sex Pistols drew on the artsy pretensions of Svengali manager Malcolm McLaren, hardcore's early proponents stripped away all artifice and musical niceties. This was brutish music made largely by bored and angry American teenagers, and thanks to word-of-mouth promotion, DIY scenes soon sprang up from Southern California to the major cities of the Northeast. Our list of the 10 Best Hardcore Bands spans the late '70s to the present and represents several mutant strains and sub-sub-genres. Because hardcore means different things to different people, our picks may rankle some purists.
Here are the 10 most influential bands of hardcore
Influential hardcore bands | Best hardcore bands of all time
Hardcore has gone through countless stylistic changes since its inception and has inspired a variety of movements within music. Take a look below for 10 of the most influential hardcore bands around. Hatebreed are one of those bands that seemingly every modern hardcore act have taken influence from in some way. Whether or not bands today directly cite Hatebreed as an influence, groups they do draw inspiration from were likely shaped by them. Converge have created an entire movement built off their metallic hardcore sound. Their full-force aggression has been a primary source of inspiration for countless bands. And the Dillinger Escape Plan were still a few years off from pioneering mathcore.
Get in the pit: the best hardcore albums of all time
Earlier this year, our U. For both America and hardcore, the times are changing, with unorthodox opinions and previously-marginalized voices rising to the surface within the scene. The band must be still actively playing shows, releasing albums. The band may have metal influences, but must be discernibly hardcore or have hardcore punk roots. Sorry, All Pigs Must Die!
By , the writing was on the wall: Punk rock might have been making headlines, but it wasn't moving units. The industry responded with the skinny tie bands, retroactively labeled New Wave, a safer, more accessible take on the back-to-basics energy of punk. The street reacted by buzzing its collective head, throwing out the fashion designers and putting the musicians in the driver's seat. The result was a rawer, tougher, more stripped down form of punk known as hardcore.