music genre #344

Post-hardcore is a musical genre that evolved from hardcore punk, itself an offshoot of the broader punk rock movement.

The earliest appearances of post-hardcore were in Washington, D.C. in the mid to late 1980s[1] (see the era’s releases on Dischord Records, for example), though it was not widely known until the early 1990s.

Post-hardcore is typically characterized by its precise rhythms and loud guitar-based instrumentation accompanied by vocal performances that are often executed as whispers or screams. Allmusic states, ‘These newer bands, termed post-hardcore, often found complex and dynamic ways of blowing off steam that generally went outside the strict hardcore realm of “loud fast rules.” … Additionally, many of these bands’ vocalists were just as likely to deliver their lyrics with a whispered croon as they were a maniacal yelp.’[1] The genre has developed a unique balance of dissonance and melody, in part channeling the loud and fast hardcore ethos into more measured, subtle forms of tension and release. Jeff Terich of Treblezine states, “[I]nstead of sticking to [hardcore’s] rigid constraints, these artists expanded beyond power chords and gang vocals, incorporating more creative outlets for punk rock energy.”[2]

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