Top 10 Future Of Metalcore Bands.
An article by Anthony Talanca
Every year while listening to music, I come across certain bands that make me think, “Wow, they could be the future of metalcore music.” There are a lot of elements that go into making a band good. There has to be strong musicianship throughout the band and the lyrics and style have to draw me in. They don’t have to try to reinvent the wheel and be the most creative band out there, but a breakout band must bring something special to the table.
If I were doing this last year, the two bands that would respectively be one and two on my list would have been Currents and Polaris. Flash forward a year or so now, and these two bands have started to take over the scene. They are no longer the “future,” but rather the “now” of metalcore.
Without further ado, here are ten bands I believe have what it takes to become the future of metalcore music in this scene. A lot of these bands may be unfamiliar to many, but they could easily be the next big band you are talking about.
1. Modern Error
Modern Error, a band out of the United Kingdom, checks in at number 10 for me. Upon hearing this single, I immediately saw connections to the band, Capsize. The opening guitar riff and the raspy singing voice drew instant comparisons to Daniel of Capsize. However, another terrific element shown by this band is the clean singing vocal ability in the song. The difference between the screaming vocal section and singing presents a great variance for the listener. In terms of what I think separates Modern Error from other bands is the vocal delivery. You do not see many frontmen that have the ability to go from that raspy screaming vocals to harmonious singing within seconds. If Modern Error could get on a tour with bands like Capsize and/or Norma Jean, I think they have a great chance to break out. Blackout Poetry is a single released this year; so pay attention for a potential album soon from these guys.
Watch the official video for Modern Error – Blackout Poetry:
Inventure, a band out New Jersey, checks in at number nine on thislist. As soon as the song started, I was drawn in by the bouncy, djenty riff right into a thundering screaming section. As the song develops, Inventure presents a very catchy, bridge chorus that honestly reminds me a little bit of the clean singing in the band Sylar. However, the song comes right back into the progressive metalcore spectrum with another hammering verse. The song does a great job at being heavy and then getting a little melodic to show off the bands ability to equip different elements at once. Inventure is starting to make a little noise in the New Jersey scene as fellow Jersey band, Lorna Shore, was hyping them up on their social media accounts. Having grown up in New Jersey, there are a ton of awesome, intimate venues in the area. Getting Inventure on the bill with a band like Lorna Shore or Old Wounds could give them the hype they need to blow out in terms of popularity. They having a new album, Sociopath, coming out on May 22nd, 2018 and I definitely recommend that you check it out.
Watch the official video for Inventure – Creations of Chaos:
8. Banks Arcade
Banks Arcade, a band out of New Zealand, checks in at number eight on this list. As soon as Ambition starts, you hear old Northlane and Architects. I’ve said it many times before, but a lot of bands try to emulate this sound, and it does not work out. However, Banks Arcade is able to do it with smashing success. The old Northlane sound really works throughout this song, where they define heavy parts with a ton of cool atmospheric elements. Banks Arcade has the ability to slow certain parts of the song down, and then speed them back up to show off their immense song writing ability. The progressive metalcore sound Banks Arcade brings to the table is a sound I think a lot of metalcore fans really are into right now. It’s different than your typical metalcore song structure, and brings creativity to the table. If they could swing a tour with fellow powerhouse international bands like a Northlane or Architects, the sky is the limit. Banks Arcade recently released an EP, Endnote, earlier this year. Check it out.
Watch the official video for Banks Arcade – Ambition:
7. The Parallel
The Parallel, a band out of Canada, checks in at number seven on this list. As soon as they were signed to InVogue Records, I immediately checked them out, as InVogue is one of my favorite labels. Monochrome is the second single released off an album coming out this year, and I am so excited for this release. The Parallel have a crazy intricate sound to them, and it is absolute structured chaos. Another comparison I do not like to throw around much, but works here, is that The Parallel has Oceans Ate Alaska ability. Oceans Ate Alaska are insane musicians, and you see the same ability with this band. In this song, they have three different members of the band have vocal parts. They can all sing and they can all scream, which presents a ton of awesome elements to the song. At one second, there is clean singing, and the next; all hell breaks loose with a ridiculous guitar section backed by insane vocals. They do not follow any type of specified song structure, and that is what makes them so good. Being able to get on a tour with a band like Oceans Ate Alaska or Counterparts is something I think could bring this band to the top. Once this album drops, you can almost immediately pencil it in as a top 10 album of the year for me.
Watch the official video for The Parallel – Monochrome:
Horcrux, another band out of Canada, check in at number six on this list. This is a band that really snuck up on me. I was on YouTube and they came up as a suggested listen, and I immediately fell in love. They have an extremely powerful and interesting vocal delivery, as it’s another with a raspy tone to it. But they combine the screaming with some of the catchiest choruses I have heard this year. They released each song off their 2018 EP, The Dark Mark, as a stand alone single and music video. That is a really cool concept and something I find interesting. All these music videos give them a ton of exposure. Horcrux features a former member of the hit band, A Skylit Drive. With that being said, if Horcrux is able to use that connection to book themselves as openers on big tours, they have a sound to become big. The Dark Mark is an incredible listen, and definitely has a top on my top five EP’s on the year.
Watch the official video for Horcrux – Live Through Me:
Pridelands, a band out of Australia, check in at number five on this list. They are actually a band I just did a review for, giving their new EP, Any Colour You Desire, a 9 out of 10 overall. In this song, we get that raspy screaming section that reminds me a lot of Sean from Make Them Suffer. However, the biggest thing I talk about that makes this band excellent is their clean singing ability. Josh has arena rock vocals; they are so powerful and capture the moment of the song. The blend of the screaming and singing work so well together and give Pridelands such a refreshing sound in this genre. The whole EP is extremely catchy, and I definitely recommend that you check it out. As a young Australian band, the dream is obviously to tour with Northlane, but being able to get on a tour with other popular bands such as Make Them Suffer or Polaris could give them the hype needed to become a household name. The potential is seriously off the roof for these guys.
Watch the official video for Pridelands – Any Colour You Desire:
4. The Afterimage
The Afterimage, another band out of Canada, checks in at number four on this list. Out of all bands already listed, The Afterimage is probably the most recognizable to a lot of fans here. They have previous work out, and it drew a ton of praise amongst fans. However, the long period between new music presented other bands the chance to jump to the top of the scene, making The Afterimage a forgotten band to some. However, with the first single, Cerulean, the band reminded many of the powerhouse they are. They are another band that does have some Oceans Ate Alaska elements to them, as there are a ton of layered elements to the song. The screaming is really interesting backed with really harmonious singing that creates a great blend. The lead singer being able to do both the screaming and singing with that voice just seems unfair. His range is absolutely incredible, to put it simply. The Afterimage has a new album, Eve, coming out on May 18th, and it is another I fully expect to make my top 10 of 2018. Oceans Ate Alaska picking these guys up on a tour could present them a lot of newfound fame. I would absolutely love An Afterimage and The Parallel tour near me. These guys just need to hit touring hard and they have the chance to blow up and stay in the mind of metalcore fans.
Watch the official video for The Afterimage – Cerulean:
Thornhill, a band of out Australia, checks in at number three on this list. Upon my first listen of their 2018 EP, Butterfly, I knew this was a band that has immense song writing ability and talent. They have that awesome progressive metalcore sound that incorporates a ton of atmospheric sounds and riffs. The lead singer Jacob has such an awesome variety to his voice, as he is able to smash the choruses on this album and always still be able to hammer home his screaming vocals. Being signed to UNFD has given Thornhill a great opportunity to really explode in terms of popularity. Reddit’s metalcore page loves these guys, and so do I. If I had to predict, Thornhill will be the next international band to have the “Polaris jump into fame” moment, and they will become a huge hit in the scene. They are already starting to tour with some big bands in Australia, so the next step to me seems to be to get to tour in the United States. Polaris has hinted that they are coming to the US very soon, and could you imagine if they brought Thornhill with them? That would be incredible.
Watch the official video for Thornhill – Reptile:
Shields, a band out of the United Kingdom, checks in at number two on this list. Shields was a band that I had briefly heard of, but actually came to know of in a different way. Ice Nine Kills is one of my favorite bands, and their single, Enjoy Your Slay, features a member of Shields. The feature on the song was great and got me interested in the band. So having them in the back of my mind had me interested for this 2018 album release, Life In Exile. It’s Killing Me brings a lot of different elements to the table. The lead screamer has a really interesting delivery and tone, as it’s another kind of raspy sound. It works really well because between that and the catchy singing chorus, it really blends and works together well. Shields is singed to Long Branch Records, a record label that I think does a really good job at identifying and promoting talented bands. They, along with Thornhill, have been getting a lot of Reddit metalcore hype, and they definitely deserve it. Life In Exile is an album I thought could be good going into it, and now, without a doubt has a spot in my top 10 albums of 2018. Shields is great at what they do and they are going to become huge. They have been starting to get booked on bigger tours now, but getting a tour with Ice Nine Kills would be epic for both bands. They both feature their singers on songs and getting to hear that live would make for an incredible experience.
Watch the official video for Shields – It’s Killing Me:
Convictions, a band out of Ohio, checks in at number one on this list. It would not be a list of bands that I think should be huge if I did not include Convictions. I absolutely love these guys, and they have all the potential in the world. They are signed to InVogue Records and have a new album, Hope For The Broken, out on June 1st, 2018. Voices is the first single off the new album, and it is extremely catchy and brings a lot of awesome new elements to the band. For example, the lead screamer, Mike, shows off some clean vocal singing for his first time in the band. Convictions released a song that shows off their devoted faith in such a catchy setting. It is the heavy you expect in a Convictions song, and has the awesome choruses from John that you come to love from this band. They released my top album of 2016 in I Will Become, and this album has all the making to be another hit. They’ve toured with bands such as Like Moths To Flames, who cannot say enough good things about them. They are currently on tour with Upon A Burning Body, Volumes, and The White Noise, marking this as one of their biggest tours to date. All of their work is powerful and marked by their belief in faith, and they absolutely nail it. Selfishly, I would love to see Convictions tour with Fit For A King and/or Underoath, but these guys are so close to blowing up in this scene. Having seen them over five times live now, nobody in this scene works harder at perfecting their craft. They deserve every part of this number one nomination from me.
Watch the official video for Convictions – Voices:
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