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This is a long list of metalcore albums from all over the genre's spectrum, albums I consider to be either exceptionally good, are historically important to the genre, or just are an enjoyable listen regardless.

My intentions with this to provide a good start for people who wish to get to know the genre more, or are just looking for more albums to listen.

I chose not to include deathcore albums, will probably make a different list for them.
Enjoy!

Created by: Uldreth | 31.10.2012



1. 7 Angels, 7 Plagues - Jhazmyne's Lullaby
2001 - Progressive Metalcore
2. The Agonist - Lullabies For The Dormant Mind
2009 - Metalcore/Melodic Death Metal
3. All That Remains - The Fall Of Ideals
2006 - Melodic Metalcore
4. Amia Venera Landscape - The Long Procession
2010 - Metalcore/Post-Hardcore/Post-Metal
5. Architects - Nightmares
2006 - Mathcore
6. Art By Numbers - Reticence: The Musical
2012 - Progressive/Metalcore
7. The Arusha Accord - The Echo Verses
2009 - Mathcore
8. As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us
2007 - Melodic Metalcore
9. August Burns Red - Constellations
2009 - Progressive/Technical Metalcore
10. Avenged Sevenfold - Waking The Fallen
2003 - Melodic Metalcore
11. Between The Buried And Me - Between The Buried And Me
2002 - Progressive Metalcore
12. Botch - We Are The Romans
1999 - Mathcore/Metallic Hardcore
13. Burnt By The Sun - The Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good
2003 - Mathcore
14. Burst - Lazarus Bird
2008 - Metalcore/Post-Metal/Progressive
15. Called To Arms - Peril And The Patient
2010 - Progressive Metalcore
16. Celeste - Misanthrope(s)
2009 - Black Metal/Post-Hardcore/Post-Metal
17. The Chariot - Everything Is Alive, Everything Is Breathing, Nothing Is Dead And Nothing Is Bleeding
2004 - Mathcore/Noisecore
18. Converge - Jane Doe
2001 - Mathcore/Metallic Hardcore
19. Corelia - Nostalgia
2011 - Progressive/Metalcore
20. Counterparts - Prophets
2010 - Metallic Hardcore
21. Darkest Hour - Deliver Us
2007 - Metalcore/Melodic Death Metal
22. Devil Sold His Soul - A Fragile Hope
2007 - Metalcore/Post-Metal
23. Diecast - Tearing Down Your Blue Skies
2004 - Melodic Metalcore
24. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity
1999 - Mathcore
25. Earth Crisis - Destroy The Machines
1995 - Metallic Hardcore
26. Exotic Animal Petting Zoo - I Have Made My Bed In Darkness
2008 - Mathcore/Post-Hardcore/Math Rock
27. God Forbid - Gone Forever
2004 - Alternative Thrash Metal/Melodic Metalcore
28. Fail Emotions - Transfornation
2010 - Trancecore
29. Faithealer - We Will Turn Your Cemeteries Into Our Cathedrals And Your Cities Into Tombs
2004 - Post-Hardcore/Mathcore
30. Fear Before The March Of Flames - Odd How People Shake
2003 - Post-Hardcore/Mathcore
31. Fellsilent - The Hidden Words
2008 - Technical Metalcore/Djent/Math Metal
32. Fordirelifesake - Breathing Is Only Half The Function
2003 - Melodic Metalcore
33. Harlots - Betrayer
2007 - Metalcore/Post-Metal/Sludge/Grind
34. Heart In Hand - Only Memories
2011 - Metalcore/Melodic Hardcore
35. Heaven Shall Burn - Deaf To Our Prayers
2006 - Metalcore/Melodic Death Metal
36. Hope For The Dying - Dissimulation
2011 - Progressive Metalcore
37. Hopesfall - The Satellite Years
2002 - Post-Hardcore/Metalcore/Post-Metal/Ambient
38. The Human Abstract - Digital Veil
2011 - Progressive Metalcore
39. Hypno5e - Des Deux l'une Est l'autre
2007 - Progressive/Ambient Metalcore/Math Metal
40. Integrity - Those Who Fear Tomorrow
1991 - Metallic Hardcore
41. I, The Breather - These Are My Sins
2010 - Techincal Metalcore
42. It Prevails - The Inspiration
2007 - Metalcore/Melodic Hardcore
43. Johnny Truant - In The Library Of Horrific Events
2005 - Mathcore
44. KEN Mode - Venerable
2011 - Noisecore
45. Killswitch Engage - Alive Or Just Breathing
2002 - Melodic Metalcore
46. Kvelertak - Kvelertak
2010 - Black Metal/Hardcore Punk/Rock 'n' Roll
47. Life In Your Way - Waking Giants
2007 - Metalcore/Melodic Hardcore
48. A Life Once Lost - Open Your Mouth For The Speechless...In Case Of Those Appointed To Die
2000 - Mathcore
49. Lye By Mistake - Arrangements For Fulminating Vective
2006 - Mathcore/Jazzgrind
50. Misery Signals - Of Malice And The Magnum Heart
2004 - Progressive Metalcore
51. Norma Jean - O God, The Aftermath
2006 - Mathcore
52. Northlane - Discoveries
2011 - Progressive/Technical Metalcore
53. The Ocean - Aeolian
2005 - Metalcore/Sludge Metal/Post-Metal
54. Oh, Sleeper - Children Of Fire
2011 - Metalcore/Post-Hardcore
55. The Number Twelve Looks Like You - Nuclear, Sad, Nuclear
2005 - Mathcore/Post-Hardcore/Grind
56. Phinehas - thegodmachine
2011 - Melodic Metalcore
57. Poison The Well - The Opposite Of December... A Season Of Separation
1999 - Post-Hardcore/Metalcore
58. Prayer For Cleansing - Rain In Endless Fall
1999 - Melodic Metalcore
59. Protest The Hero - Kezia
2005 - Progressive/Technical Metalcore
60. Rosesdead - Stages
2006 - Melodic Metalcore
61. The Safety Fire - Grind The Ocean
2012 - Progressive Metalcore/Math Metal
62. The Secret - Luce
2004 - Mathcore/Metallic Hardcore
63. Shai Hulud - Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion
1997 - Progressive Metalcore
64. SikTh - Death Of A Dead Day
2006 - Progressive Metalcore/Mathcore
65. Times Of Grace - The Hymn Of A Broken Man
2011 - Metalcore/Post-Hardcore
66. Today I Caught The Plague - Lore
2011 - Progressive/Metalcore
67. Today Is The Day - Temple Of The Morning Star
1997 - Noisecore
68. Trivium - Ascendancy
2005 - Alternative Thrash Metal/Melodic Metalcore
69. Unearth - Darkness In The Light
2011 - Melodic Metalcore
70. Underoath - Define The Great Line
2006 - Metalcore/Post-Hardcore/Post-Metal
71. While She Sleeps - This Is The Six
2012 - Metalcore/Melodic Hardcore
72. Will Haven - Voir Dire
2011 - Sludgy Metalcore/Ambient/Nosiecore
73. Zao - The Funeral Of God
2004 - Metallic Hardcore



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EW - 13.04.2013 at 01:55  
Good list, reminds me of my teen years. Pretty sure I had all of these.
Monolithic - 05.08.2013 at 16:10  
I've only listened to Botch and Kvelertak, so I don't have the slightest idea about how good the rest are. Anyway, I might come back to check out the albums on this list.
Uldreth - 05.08.2013 at 16:26  
Written by Monolithic on 05.08.2013 at 16:10

I've only listened to Botch and Kvelertak, so I don't have the slightest idea about how good the rest are. Anyway, I might come back to check out the albums on this list.

Wow, I actually forgot this list exists

Well, metalcore is actually a very diverse genre if we interpret it liberally (meaning almost anything that has significant elements of both metal and hardcore punk music) and I put many different kinda of stuff here, some are melodic and accessible, some are dissonant, chaotic and dark, so chances are you'd find something else here you'd like.

Now that I got reminded I made this I may expand it a bit, I have a couple of other stuff in mind I'd add .
Monolithic - 05.08.2013 at 19:37  
Written by Uldreth on 05.08.2013 at 16:26

Written by Monolithic on 05.08.2013 at 16:10

I've only listened to Botch and Kvelertak, so I don't have the slightest idea about how good the rest are. Anyway, I might come back to check out the albums on this list.

Wow, I actually forgot this list exists

Well, metalcore is actually a very diverse genre if we interpret it liberally (meaning almost anything that has significant elements of both metal and hardcore punk music) and I put many different kinda of stuff here, some are melodic and accessible, some are dissonant, chaotic and dark, so chances are you'd find something else here you'd like.

Now that I got reminded I made this I may expand it a bit, I have a couple of other stuff in mind I'd add .

Metalcore is a misunderstood story, Me thinks.
Uldreth - 08.08.2013 at 01:09  
I expanded the list, adding quite a few albums to it.
Lit. - 08.08.2013 at 23:58  
Not a bad list, actually. I'm impressed.
If you don't mind, I got some recommendations (notably from more popular bands, yet underappreciated albums):
Killswitch Engage - Alive Or Just Breathing (Good KsE with Jesse Leach on vox before the dreaded Jones-era)
I, The Breather - These Are My Sins (Sort of progressive-ish metalcore)
As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us (Either this or their latest could be their best)
All That Remains - The Fall Of Ideals (The picture of stereotypical metalcore, but a good and catchy album nonetheless. And the last good one before they went to shitsville.)
Trivium - Shogun (Metallica-worshipping thrash/metalcore, but this is definately their best)
God Forbid - IV: Constitution Of Treason
Uldreth - 09.08.2013 at 02:39  
Written by Lit. on 08.08.2013 at 23:58

Not a bad list, actually. I'm impressed.
If you don't mind, I got some recommendations (notably from more popular bands, yet underappreciated albums):
Killswitch Engage - Alive Or Just Breathing (Good KsE with Jesse Leach on vox before the dreaded Jones-era)
I, The Breather - These Are My Sins (Sort of progressive-ish metalcore)
As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us (Either this or their latest could be their best)
All That Remains - The Fall Of Ideals (The picture of stereotypical metalcore, but a good and catchy album nonetheless. And the last good one before they went to shitsville.)
Trivium - Shogun (Metallica-worshipping thrash/metalcore, but this is definately their best)
God Forbid - IV: Constitution Of Treason

Thanks for the input!

I will definitely add KsE, dunno why I missed it, they definitely were an important band for the genre and that album is damn fine on its own too.

My original intent with this list was only to add really EXCELLENT albums and historically important albums, but since then I started adding tons of underground stuffs that are good but not THAT excellent so I guess I can just transform this into an ultimate metalcore list and include everything I consider to be an enjoyable listen.

In that regard, AILD, ITB and ATR are definitely players too (ITB, if for nothing else then the vocals, their vocalist is a fucking beast, I really don't get how he manages to scream with so insane charisma and conviction but I damn wish I could sound like that).

God Forbid and Trivium I am not sure about, I consider both to be more alternative thrash than metalcore, also I am no Trivium hater, I like pretty much all their albums except The Crusade, but they are really not that good.
Would absolutely give a spot to "Gone Forever" though, that album is just really really good. But much more thrash than metalcore.

That is why I also left Shadows Fall and Sylosis off it.
Lit. - 09.08.2013 at 04:15  
Written by Uldreth on 09.08.2013 at 02:39

Thanks for the input!

I will definitely add KsE, dunno why I missed it, they definitely were an important band for the genre and that album is damn fine on its own too.

My original intent with this list was only to add really EXCELLENT albums and historically important albums, but since then I started adding tons of underground stuffs that are good but not THAT excellent so I guess I can just transform this into an ultimate metalcore list and include everything I consider to be an enjoyable listen.

In that regard, AILD, ITB and ATR are definitely players too (ITB, if for nothing else then the vocals, their vocalist is a fucking beast, I really don't get how he manages to scream with so insane charisma and conviction but I damn wish I could sound like that).

God Forbid and Trivium I am not sure about, I consider both to be more alternative thrash than metalcore, also I am no Trivium hater, I like pretty much all their albums except The Crusade, but they are really not that good.
Would absolutely give a spot to "Gone Forever" though, that album is just really really good. But much more thrash than metalcore.

That is why I also left Shadows Fall and Sylosis off it.


Anytime. Just happy to see an actually good metalcore list on this site, and I can totally understand refraining from including bands like Trivium and Shadows Fall, but I think of the four questionable bands, Trivium can be considered the most metalcore out of them. Figured they go with the more outlandish variety of the list, along the likes of The Ocean and Converge (which, on that note, aren't really mathcore).
At any rate, keep up the good work.
psykometal - 09.08.2013 at 06:08  
Written by Lit. on 08.08.2013 at 23:58

Killswitch Engage - Alive Or Just Breathing (Good KsE with Jesse Leach on vox before the dreaded Jones-era)
As I Lay Dying - An Ocean Between Us (Either this or their latest could be their best)
All That Remains - The Fall Of Ideals (The picture of stereotypical metalcore, but a good and catchy album nonetheless. And the last good one before they went to shitsville.)
Trivium - Shogun (Metallica-worshipping thrash/metalcore, but this is definately their best)

KsE - Alive or Just Breathing, agreed. (Also agreed about Jones being dreaded, so glad when I found out about Jesse's return!)
AILD - An Ocean Between Us, agreed.
ATR - The Fall of Ideals, agreed.
Trivium's Shogun metalcore? That was NOT a metalcore album. O.o

BTW Unearth's The Oncoming Storm is far superior to all of their other albums.

Some other's for you to check out:
The Agonist - Lullabies For the Dormant Mind
Avenged Sevenfold - Waking the Fallen
Bleeding Through - This Is Love, This Is Murder
I Killed The Prom Queen - Music For the Recently Deceased
Mendeed - The Dead Live By Love
Silent Civilian - Rebirth of the Temple
Sworn Enemy - Maniacal
Times Of Grace - The Hymn of a Broken Man
Trivium - Ascendancy
psykometal - 09.08.2013 at 06:25  
Written by Uldreth on 09.08.2013 at 02:39

God Forbid and Trivium I am not sure about, I consider both to be more alternative thrash than metalcore, also I am no Trivium hater, I like pretty much all their albums except The Crusade, but they are really not that good.
Would absolutely give a spot to "Gone Forever" though, that album is just really really good. But much more thrash than metalcore.

That is why I also left Shadows Fall and Sylosis off it.

-God Forbid's Gone Forever was quite metalcore, after that though they are more thrash than metalcore.
-Trivium started very metalcore but have grown quite away from metalcore. Ascendancy was their last actual metalcore album.
-Shadows Fall was never metalcore, they started out as melodeath with Phil Labonte and then went thrash after he left.
-Sylosis are not metalcore either, they are melodeath/thrash. Though they did have some metalcore-esque moments in their first couple EPs, it was never enough to actually call them a metalcore band.
Ace Frawley - 09.08.2013 at 14:00  
Concur that Shadows Fall are more thrash than metalcore, except for the strong use of clean vocals on chorus with harsh vocals on the verses.
Uldreth - 09.08.2013 at 14:01  
Written by Lit. on 09.08.2013 at 04:15



Anytime. Just happy to see an actually good metalcore list on this site, and I can totally understand refraining from including bands like Trivium and Shadows Fall, but I think of the four questionable bands, Trivium can be considered the most metalcore out of them. Figured they go with the more outlandish variety of the list, along the likes of The Ocean and Converge (which, on that note, aren't really mathcore).
At any rate, keep up the good work.

Converge is definitely a textbook case of metalcore, just not from the Gothenburg-influenced variety.

As for the inclusion of The Ocean Collective and some other iffy bands, basically, my idea is that I take "metalcore" as a very broad term that includes pretty much every hardcore and metal fusions. Now I do have to draw the line somewhere, dunno how to explain it, how I view hardcore punk is that there was an original hardcore sound, like the one done by Dead Kennedys or Black Flag, that was just more extreme punk rock music, and in time that evolved into a different sound that is still definitely hardcore punk, one slower, more downtuned, one that has the iconic breakdown, etc. In my experience most metalcore has THAT sort of hardcore punk in their music.

So I view any hxc-metal fusion as metalcore as long as it has that sort of hardcore in them, which is why I do not view MOST grindcore (just really really extreme punk with no metal) and sludge (if it is the Crowbar/Acid Bath type sludge) as metalcore.

The sort of hardcore The Ocean has I'd say it is much closer to the 90s hardcore, which is why I have them here.

Similar philosophy on the inclusion of Celeste and Kvelertak. Neither are traditionally "metalcore" but I think the broad term fits there.

Written by psykometal on 09.08.2013 at 06:08

KsE - Alive or Just Breathing, agreed. (Also agreed about Jones being dreaded, so glad when I found out about Jesse's return!)
AILD - An Ocean Between Us, agreed.
ATR - The Fall of Ideals, agreed.
Trivium's Shogun metalcore? That was NOT a metalcore album. O.o

BTW Unearth's The Oncoming Storm is far superior to all of their other albums.

Some other's for you to check out:
The Agonist - Lullabies For the Dormant Mind
Avenged Sevenfold - Waking the Fallen
Bleeding Through - This Is Love, This Is Murder
I Killed The Prom Queen - Music For the Recently Deceased
Mendeed - The Dead Live By Love
Silent Civilian - Rebirth of the Temple
Sworn Enemy - Maniacal
Times Of Grace - The Hymn of a Broken Man
Trivium - Ascendancy

I like the new Unearth a bit more than Storm . More melodic and accessible but also has just a bit better songwriting I'd say.

Also thanks for your list, Mendeed and Sworn Enemy are unknown to me so will check them when I get the time.
I don't like BT that much so will leave them out, as for A7X and IKTPQ, not sure, I am generally not a conformist in my tastes but I also don't want to destroy the list's credibility by adding really universally maligned albums even if I think they are unfairly maligned (Waking The Fallen I like a lot actually), but then again, fuck the haters, that long-titled Faithealer demo makes my list totally trve kvlt .

I guess you are right about God Forbid and Trivium, will probably include both Gone Forever and Ascendancy.
Uldreth - 26.08.2013 at 21:24  
Added Phinehas:



These guys can shred like madmen and are damn good.
LeKiwi - 01.09.2013 at 13:33  
Definitely need to add Today I Caught The Plague to this list.

While the website says their most recent album Lore isn't metalcore, they have just about as much of it in them as BtBaM so....
Uldreth - 07.09.2013 at 16:47  
Written by LeKiwi on 01.09.2013 at 13:33

Definitely need to add Today I Caught The Plague to this list.

While the website says their most recent album Lore isn't metalcore, they have just about as much of it in them as BtBaM so....

Consider it done.

I don't see much similiarities with BtBaM to be fair, but if The Human Abstract and Hope For The Dying are metalcore then so is this.
LeKiwi - 07.09.2013 at 17:27  
Written by Uldreth on 07.09.2013 at 16:47

I don't see much similiarities with BtBaM to be fair, but if The Human Abstract and Hope For The Dying are metalcore then so is this.

I only meant they were similar in that they both possess only a trace of metalcore influence
Uldreth - 01.12.2013 at 14:02  
Updated a bit.

Also looking for metalcore/post-metal fusion bands similiar to Devil Sold His Soul and Amia Venera Landscape if anyone is familiar with some.

(aside from the ones on the list I am also familiar with Rinoa and Trenches, but I think that's about it)
Lit. - 26.03.2014 at 18:04  
So... are you ever gonna get around to that deathcore list? Cause honestly I was kinda looking forward to that, since this list introduced me to a lot of good shit I figured the DC one would, too.
psykometal - 26.03.2014 at 18:21  
I'd be interested in poking through a deathcore list like this one. I could even recommend some albums.
Uldreth - 30.03.2014 at 22:40  
Written by Lit. on 26.03.2014 at 18:04

So... are you ever gonna get around to that deathcore list? Cause honestly I was kinda looking forward to that, since this list introduced me to a lot of good shit I figured the DC one would, too.

Due to lack of interest in this, I originally did not want to make any more -core lists, but then I'll do it. Need some time to properly compile stuff but will get around it.
Uldreth - 30.03.2014 at 23:56  
Actually, was faster than I imagined, the list is up and running, so enjoy!

Recs are more than welcome.

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