All too often, hardcore punk bands think that playing hardcore is simply playing as loud and fast as you can, with little thought to style or musical construction. This isn't really the case--at least not all the time. Many hardcore bands have played with style and skill, and even some of the best that favor playing really loud and really fast developed their own style of doing it. If you want to get into hardcore punk, it helps to first know those who did it first--and best.
Get in the pit: the best hardcore albums of all time
Top 20 Hardcore Albums in History: Complete List - LA Weekly
As the s were edging toward the s, punk rock seemed to be branching out in two distinct directions. There were the besuited new wave bands, with their immaculate hair and super-catchy tunes, and then there were the punks who went in the other direction, amping up the aggression and dialing back the stylized punk uniform to little more than jeans and T-shirts. Similarly, we restricted the list to just one album from any one act. We look forward to reading your suggestions for a potential follow-up. The Age of Quarrel was released in , and the group never bettered it. They took a little while to really get going too, with this debut album dropping in But was it ever worth the wait.
Earlier this year, our U. This, of course, resulted in us having to disqualify plenty of talented acts, as well as a lot of teeth gnashing among Internet historians and scene veterans. 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.
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. See also: The 20 Worst Hipster Bands.