Hardcore At A Glance

A history, chord progressions, sound and noise.

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Hardcore punk, best known as hardcore, is an underground music genre that originated in the late 1970s, following the mainstream success of punk rock. Hardcore is generally faster, thicker, and heavier than earlier punk rock. The origin of the term hardcore punk is uncertain. Hardcore is considered by many of its fans as an ideology and lifestyle. Hardcore has spawned the straight edge movement and its associated submovements, hardline and youth crew. Hardcore was heavily involved with the rise of the independent record labels in the 1980s, and with the do it yourself ethos in underground music scenes. It has influenced several music genres which have experienced mainstream success, such as: metalcore, grunge, thrash metal, emo and post-hardcore. A perfect example of a pure hardcore riff or chord progression could be Black Flack's Beat my head against a wall. Notice the prominence of power chords standard tuning
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--7---5---9---8---6------| (2x)
--5---3---7---8---6------|
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Verse
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---7-----5-----3-----7----|   (4x)
---7-----5-----3-----5----|
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Harcore punk is more or less a touch and go kind of thing, there are other spawns that sound similar but are more technical and melodic. Good examples would be newer bands like Verse or Have Heart. Intro to Have Heart's Bostons.
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|---------5--------------5/4-------------5-------0-0-0-0-0-0-----|
|--2---2--5-----2-----2--5/4---2-----2---5----2--2-2-2-2-2-2-----|  
|--2---2--3-----2-----2--3/2---2-----2---3----2--3-3-3-3-3-3-----|
|--0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0------0-0-0-0-0------0-0------------------|
PM   .      . .   . .        .   . .        .
If you listen to the song you will notice the way to play it. But the intro riff to Bostons shows not only a prominence in power chords but also alterations of palm muting and letting the note right out. This technique gives the guitar more life hence why I call it accenting. Also notice the C chord being held out. As far as hardcore goes in guitar playing; it is mainly a feeling thing. Guitar playing in a hardcore band is important, but most important is the message, drummer, vocalist and bassist. Here is the intro to Verse's the New Fury
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A#||--5-------------5-------------|--5-------------5---------5s-7-|
F#||-------4------4------4------4-|-------4------4------4---------|
C#||-----5------5------5------5---|-----5------5------5-----------|
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D#||------------------------------|-------------------------------|
 
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Now this softer tab may come as a surprise but again hardcore is mainly about creativity and finding your own unique sound. Finding your own sound in the most important part of playing hardcore. "It has influenced several music genres which have experienced mainstream success, such as: metalcore, grunge, thrash metal, emo and post-hardcore." How do you think all of these sub-genres spread out? From hardcore bands trying to find their own sound.

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    zomgwtfhaxx
    zakk61839 wrote: wow I feel like I am surrounded by morons, lol i guess you guys can go ahead and think hardcore is chiodos. zomgwtfhaxx wrote: youve mixed up hardcore punk and hardcore, chiodos is hardcore and there crap so are bands like emmure and its all crap that spawned from the hardcore punk group, punk spawned of pre NWOBHM so it was a break away from the more technical speed metal with bands such as deep purple. So no hardcore punk did not influence metal genres, it influenced hardcore in it becoming a genre of its own not to mention you guide makes hardcore punk look like the least talented genre of rock ever created in response to your comment what I wrote up above is pretty much the backbone of what hardcore really is. Like I said, its just a lesson and honestly hardcore isnt even my favorite kind of music, but honestly ignorance irritates me and if you think i've got it wrong ****ing look it up, or watch a "american hardcore" or something. But to criticize my lesson in such a negative way while also being uninformed is absurd. I wrote this lesson as a beginner lesson planning on expanding on different sub-genres of hardcore leading to metal-core citing influences other than hardcore. But obviously the community of UT is too bigoted and ignorant to even give a decent critique on a lesson. It's almost as if some of you have a hobby of flaming articles and are truly a cancer to the UT community if not the planet.
    your citing hardcore as hard core punk thats why everyone is abusing you, they are two different genres, stop blaming the UG community for you not understanding the genres of music
    thats hardcore punk
    that is hardcore i think u will find a distinctive difference so stop trying to sound smart when u cant even tell these two apart
    zakk61839
    wow I feel like I am surrounded by morons, lol i guess you guys can go ahead and think hardcore is chiodos.
    zomgwtfhaxx wrote: youve mixed up hardcore punk and hardcore, chiodos is hardcore and there crap so are bands like emmure and its all crap that spawned from the hardcore punk group, punk spawned of pre NWOBHM so it was a break away from the more technical speed metal with bands such as deep purple. So no hardcore punk did not influence metal genres, it influenced hardcore in it becoming a genre of its own not to mention you guide makes hardcore punk look like the least talented genre of rock ever created
    in response to your comment what I wrote up above is pretty much the backbone of what hardcore really is. Like I said, its just a lesson and honestly hardcore isnt even my favorite kind of music, but honestly ignorance irritates me and if you think i've got it wrong ****ing look it up, or watch a "american hardcore" or something. But to criticize my lesson in such a negative way while also being uninformed is absurd. I wrote this lesson as a beginner lesson planning on expanding on different sub-genres of hardcore leading to metal-core citing influences other than hardcore. But obviously the community of UT is too bigoted and ignorant to even give a decent critique on a lesson. It's almost as if some of you have a hobby of flaming articles and are truly a cancer to the UT community if not the planet.
    zakk61839
    this is hardcore, at least a newer more modern turn... ummm emmure on the other hand is not hardcore, i dont even know what the **** to call emmure maybe metalcore at best. Emmure is the new york style hardcore, which is more so metalcore like bands like madball. look up bridge nine records or something. I didn't write the review to get in a genre war. Ive spent alot of time in the hardcore scene and someone who listens to mainly disturbed and cock rock really shouldn't judge.
    zakk61839
    But who am I fooling, Im not going to convince anyone unless they were actually part of the scene. I've been in quite a few bands and the okc scene tends to stick to the roots of hardcore. But Im done arguing with you people, Im definitely going to have to agree to disagree with you, because obviously I'm not going anywhere.
    Diego.
    *uck this lesson.. Hardcore isn't about generes and etc.. It's all about to hang out and have some fun.. THAT'S ALL! Nobody wants to know about metallica or british bands *uck them! You should have thought better before name this lesson as 'hardcore'. And also, congratulations.. you wrote a worst article than the other citing chiodos..
    zomgwtfhaxx
    Mikewazousky wrote: Some people don't know the difference between real hardcore (or punk) and that stupid ass "br00tal breakdown, drop c" excuse for music.
    hardcore and hard core punk are two differnt genres if your going to pay out a genre try to have some background information on it, drop c is a more typical metalcore and many modern thrash metal bands use it as well, hardcore bands (often mistaken for a sub genre in metal) almost always use drop A or drop B, and breakdowns have existed since classical its a compositional technique. Finally if your going to try and rip on people using drop tuning cut your dick off and turkey slap yourself with it because your an idiot alot of punk, not just hardcore punk which tends to be considerably heavier then other genres of punk use drop tuning.
    corrda00
    Disturbed_EMG wrote: inb4 "It's impossible to find your own unique sound with any -core genre. It's all so generic and uncreative." Doesn't matter. If you like playing it, do it. Not exactly sure why this is classed as a "Lesson" though... :/
    +1
    Mikewazousky
    Some people don't know the difference between real hardcore (or punk) and that stupid ass "br00tal breakdown, drop c" excuse for music.
    zakk61839
    Um, first off, You guys have no room to talk...write your own goddamn lesson and see how well it fares. And I only wrote this because of some ignorant kid wrote a hardcore lesson and filled it with gay ass bands like chiodos and some other stupid stuff. So naturally being bored I put together a hardcore lesson together in fifteen mins. Because what is up there is pretty much what hardcore is. But of hardcore is such a bastardized term that you probably think it is some ****ing scene band like attack attack or something.
    zomgwtfhaxx
    zakk61839 wrote: Um, first off, You guys have no room to talk...write your own goddamn lesson and see how well it fares. And I only wrote this because of some ignorant kid wrote a hardcore lesson and filled it with gay ass bands like chiodos and some other stupid stuff. So naturally being bored I put together a hardcore lesson together in fifteen mins. Because what is up there is pretty much what hardcore is. But of hardcore is such a bastardized term that you probably think it is some ****ing scene band like attack attack or something.
    youve mixed up hardcore punk and hardcore, chiodos is hardcore and there crap so are bands like emmure and its all crap that spawned from the hardcore punk group, punk spawned of pre NWOBHM so it was a break away from the more technical speed metal with bands such as deep purple. So no hardcore punk did not influence metal genres, it influenced hardcore in it becoming a genre of its own not to mention you guide makes hardcore punk look like the least talented genre of rock ever created
    Diego.
    Each comment says by itself.. You dont know a sh*t about hardcore, fella.
    zakk61839 wrote: its just a lesson and honestly hardcore isnt even my favorite kind of music
    zakk61839 wrote: Im not going to convince anyone unless they were actually part of the scene. I've been in quite a few bands and the okc scene tends to stick to the roots of hardcore.
    Contradition, you got it.
    zakk61839
    Diego you are a prick. Seriously, I've been there done that. Do you even play guitar? Have you ever even been in a band? Because ive been on the "streets" I've played many shows..too many to count. But you, you are nothing more than a pretentious punk who thinks he knows everything. And your amusing misspelling of contradiction really makes me laugh. When I said hardcore isn't my favorite kind of music I was saying that I grew out of it. But hey, you can think whatever you want to think, because quite frankly I don't think you know shit about hardcore.
    zakk61839
    haha whatever, I could really care less what any of you people think. But I'm officially done with you guys. Because you pretty much consolidated your absence of a life by even caring about any of this.
    Weaponxclaws
    I am on Diego's side with this one. Stop telling him to write his own lesson because you know what? You didn't...
    Weaponxclaws : Congratulations for giving this Wikipedia worthy 'history' of hardcore and those awesome tabs you must have come up with all by yourself...
    Yeah, I quoted myself because when I wrote that I didn't even see it really WAS from wikipedia. You are about as original as the reporters on this site.
    DropC09
    Sub-genres are over rated and pointless. Just saying... Good music is good no matter what you call it; However, just because some bands sound similar does not mean they have the same musical theory incorporated. This lesson seems too broad for everyones taste though... but not so bad.
    Fuladol
    Yesterday a seventeen year old told me about his experiences in Vietnam. He also taught me how to operate an M60 machine gun.
    Diego.
    the devil wears prada and attack attack and we came as romans they all sound the same
    and dude.. they dont sound the same.. coming from a person who wrote this lesson I expect this kind of comment..
    Diego.
    Oh. I almost forgot rating: 2.3 / votes: 17 rating: 2.3 / votes: 17 rating: 2.3 / votes: 17 rating: 2.3 / votes: 17 rating: 2.3 / votes: 17 FAIL LESSON.
    Diego.
    I bet when you were just a kid watching barney i was in hardcore, fella. Who is true knows who is fake. And you are fake. By the bands you said and by the generic stuff you wrote and called as 'lesson'. So patetic dude. You can't learn what is hardcore just listening to your scene friends saying this or that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardcore_pu... WOW .. IS THAT THE SAME TEXT? =o now YOU makes me laught poor kid. Keep on trying hardcore from wiki, hardcore scene kid rating: 2.3 / votes: 17 Sorry, nothing more to say.
    Diego.
    Holy crap my comment was deleted.. =( i wont write it again, zakk
    zakk61839
    Yeah I copied it from wiki...who gives a ****? I wrote it as a reference model and a lesson. And no one gives a damn about whats going on in brazil or where ever you are from. Five words: write your own damn lesson! Teach us how to play the devil wears prada and attack attack and we came as romans...it wouldn't be hard... they all sound the same!
    Diego.
    it would be a lot better than your generic stuff fella keep trying wiki kid..
    HavokStrife
    NickGiovanni wrote: No, the NWOBHM started metal, which evolved into Thrash, Metalcore, and the other Metal Genres.
    And you weren't alive for any of it. Great history lesson.
    DaysoftheBlue
    Todd_Peterson wrote: this is bs lmao for one im pretty sure hardcores in drop d and c not standard tuning, and all the bands you have in here arent even hardcore. sick lesson bro! im assuming your self taught
    You dumb scene mother****er.
    Bigmouth93
    NickGiovanni wrote: "It has influenced several music genres which have experienced mainstream success, such as: metalcore, grunge, thrash metal, emo and post-hardcore." No, the NWOBHM started metal, which evolved into Thrash, Metalcore, and the other Metal Genres.
    You are wrong in two ways, there. There was an original wave of metal, Black Sabbath etc-that was the start of metal, not the NWOBHM. Also, Thrash metal has a lot of similarities musically with hardcore punk! But it's not considered punk because it has a lot of metal aspects, it is faster and heavier than hardcore punk, but is very influenced by it and sounds a lot like it at times! Exhorder, Xentrix, they're both very similar to hardcore punk bands at times! As another example, Metallica cover punk songs So What?, Last Caress and Free Speech For the Dumb on their Garbage Inc. album!
    Bigmouth93
    As an addition to my above comment, the relation between hardcore punk and thrash is very obvious in Suicidal Tendencies first album and The Exploited as well! These both started as hardcore punk bands, and both became "crossover" thrash bands! The sounds were very similar in the first place, though!
    reversegenesis
    NickGiovanni wrote: "It has influenced several music genres which have experienced mainstream success, such as: metalcore, grunge, thrash metal, emo and post-hardcore." No, the NWOBHM started metal, which evolved into Thrash, Metalcore, and the other Metal Genres.
    I believe he said influenced not started
    manny10258
    Part of this is useful if you emphasize the "at a glance" aspect. This dude needs to brush up on his grammar and punctuation before he publishes anything else.
    von gelb
    No, the NWOBHM started metal, which evolved into Thrash, Metalcore, and the other Metal Genres.
    No, Thrash originated from NWOBHM style riffs combined with the drum rhythm of hardcore. So part of what he said is true.
    Jim #4
    this is useless...and very ignorant to say that all these subgenres are only existant because hardcore bands search for their own sound
    NickGiovanni
    "It has influenced several music genres which have experienced mainstream success, such as: metalcore, grunge, thrash metal, emo and post-hardcore."
    No, the NWOBHM started metal, which evolved into Thrash, Metalcore, and the other Metal Genres.
    mrddrm
    Though I do not doubt that these other genres had other contributing factors, I'm also equally sure that hardcore punk impacted them as well. Namely with this, "Hardcore was heavily involved with the rise of the independent record labels in the 1980s, and with the do it yourself ethos in underground music scenes." A lot of these genres of music developed along side one another, and had a partnership that's not as strong these days. And then, if they did not impact these other genres musically or commercially, they created the routes that people played on, or the tour circuits for alternative music. There was an awesome video of "alternative" music from vh1 about it's rise to fame in the 80s (along with other specials on other genres, the most notable was the metal... but it's been nearly 2-3 years since that was aired).
    Weaponxclaws
    Congratulations for giving this Wikipedia worthy 'history' of hardcore and those awesome tabs you must have come up with all by yourself...
    Todd_Peterson
    this is bs lmao for one im pretty sure hardcores in drop d and c not standard tuning, and all the bands you have in here arent even hardcore. sick lesson bro! im assuming your self taught
    brandon2784
    Disturbed_EMG wrote: inb4 "It's impossible to find your own unique sound with any -core genre. It's all so generic and uncreative." Doesn't matter. If you like playing it, do it. Not exactly sure why this is classed as a "Lesson" though... :/
    way to jump on the bandwagon
    whatbox!!!
    Jamora1124 wrote: The only Thrash guitarist that I know that was influenced by punk rock was Jeff Hanneman. But, I doubt it was Hardcore. And if it is, it was probably the more tougher Hardcore. Not that gay scene shit that they play nowadays.
    most of the guys in metallica were punk fans expecially cliff he was a huge misfits fan thats why they covered three of their songs also anthrax was very punk influenced and scott ian started hardcore bands SOD
    OXL
    Diego. wrote: What amount of shit here.. Who grew up on hardcore knows who or what is true.. dont need to say this or that about pussy facts found on wikipedia.. Be on the streets, go to real hardcore gigs, and mainly get a life.. Then a hardcore discussion will be more relevant. Who cares if slayer members are hardcore fans? who cares about those faggot from metallica? Fellas, we wont go anywhere discussing in a chair using ctrl+c and ctrl+v.
    Haha, amen to that! I actually grew up on thrash but at the same time also listened to a lot of early hardcore and punk (GBH, Minor Threat, DOA, Black Flag, Death Kennedy's etc), anyway, whenever a discussion like this starts some smart ass kid ALWAYS thinks he knows it all.
    Zeppelin Addict
    i fail to see the relevance this has as far as lessons go... you pretty much taught us power chords and provided a half ass summary of what hardcore is according to you... all while providing this sites elitists a place to argue about their music and act ignorant. all in a days work i guess, right? .....
    STABxYOU
    NickGiovanni wrote: No, the NWOBHM started metal, which evolved into Thrash, Metalcore, and the other Metal Genres.
    Hardcore, d-beat and NWOBHM are all important to the roots of thrash and thrash metal.
    Genghis_khan
    Todd_Peterson wrote: this is bs lmao for one im pretty sure hardcores in drop d and c not standard tuning, and all the bands you have in here arent even hardcore. sick lesson bro! im assuming your self taught
    Holy shit! What a brilliant proof of "ignorance is bliss"
    Diego.
    What amount of shit here.. Who grew up on hardcore knows who or what is true.. dont need to say this or that about pussy facts found on wikipedia.. Be on the streets, go to real hardcore gigs, and mainly get a life.. Then a hardcore discussion will be more relevant. Who cares if slayer members are hardcore fans? who cares about those faggot from metallica? Fellas, we wont go anywhere discussing in a chair using ctrl+c and ctrl+v.
    Jamora1124
    The only Thrash guitarist that I know that was influenced by punk rock was Jeff Hanneman. But, I doubt it was Hardcore. And if it is, it was probably the more tougher Hardcore. Not that gay scene shit that they play nowadays.
    Redxrock
    i have no idea where this guy is coming from. i grew up on hardcore and have never heard of these bands. and while hardcore has enjoyed SOME mainstream success, the only bands that are currently well known sound EXACTLY ALIKE. while hardcore may have started as a find-your-own-sound genre, it seems that so many bands are competing nowadays that they've been recycling the same few riffs and breakdowns, taking a very conservative "we'll use what works" mindset to get ahead. AKA palm muted, heavily distorted drop d and c chords, and a china with mad double bass. just an observation, dont quite know where i was going with this haha. guess i was just complaining
    Ali-b912
    NickGiovanni wrote: No, the NWOBHM started metal
    No, you're stupid, NWOBHM was the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, which was bands that started in the later 70's. Metal grew out of the psychadelic bands in the late 60's, and from Black Sabbath.
    Jamora1124 wrote: The only Thrash guitarist that I know that was influenced by punk rock was Jeff Hanneman. But, I doubt it was Hardcore. And if it is, it was probably the more tougher Hardcore. Not that gay scene shit that they play nowadays.
    Metallica got into hardcore like The Misfits and Discharge. Anthrax were huge hardcore fans, hence the Stormtroopers of Death. Hanneman and Dave Lombardo were both huge on bands like D.R.I., and the whole 'Undisputed Attitude' album by Slayer is Hardcore covers. Most Thrash players had some interest in hardcore, and that's why we have crossover. I'm pretty sure Hanneman said he hates new hardcore.
    Regression
    Todd_Peterson wrote: this is bs lmao for one im pretty sure hardcores in drop d and c not standard tuning, and all the bands you have in here arent even hardcore. sick lesson bro! im assuming your self taught
    ... I'd bother retaliating but I think you've embarrassed yourself enough.