In this post I thought I’d write about a genre of music that I’ve been getting into in the last few years – Electronicore. This is a fusion of metalcore with elements of various electronic music genres, such as trance, electronica and dubstep. The most popular bands in this genre would probably be Bring Me The Horizon (with their newer stuff), Enter Shikari and Asking Alexandria. I love these bands but I’m going to be talking about some bands who are less well-known, suggesting a few of my favourite songs which I would encourage you to listen to if you’re curious about the genre!
Without a doubt, my favourite band within this genre is I See Stars. Particularly their newer two albums New Demons and Treehouse are two of my favourite albums in general, not just within this genre. From an electronicore perspective, virtually all of their songs have a perfect mix of metalcore and electronic elements, with both screamed and clean vocals in a dynamic fusion. The newer album Treehouse (2016) has significantly less screamed vocals if you are less into this side of it, but it still has a lot of the intensity of their previous albums. Here’s a link to the ‘Calm Snow’ music video from Treehouse – even if you decide you hate this kind of music, it’s worth watching for the visuals 😉 especially if you like the Targaryen look…
The I See Stars songs which most excited me about the electronicore fusion would probably be songs from New Demons – ‘Ten Thousand Feet’ and ‘Violent Bounce [People Like ¥øµ]’ and ‘Murder Mitten’. In particular, the opening to ‘Murder Mitten’ has an awesome mix of heavy riffs and electronic beats which is really buzzing! It is worth saying that New Demons also has a whole separate remix album, where they go even further into the electronic side of the songs and collaborate with other artists.
We Came As Romans are another band who make some amazing electronicore music. If you get annoyed by high-pitched vocals like in I See Stars, which I know some people do, this is quite different. Although their older music fits into this genre better, two songs from their 2017 album, Cold Like War, that are really great are ‘If There’s Nothing To See’ and ‘Wasted Age’. We Came As Romans always have very climactic, slower and less heavy choruses which is what you want with this type of intense, manic music. Another song I would recommend from this band would be ‘Through the Darkest Dark and the Brightest Bright’ from Tracing Back Roots (2013). I love the electronic elements of this song, especially in the second verse and just before the end.
Another favourite within the genre would be Jamie’s Elsewhere. Particularly, ‘Giants Among Common Men’ stands out for me in terms of electronicore. This song is mostly clean vocals, from Aaron Pauley (now in Of Mice and Men, who has a great voice in my opinion), but when the screamed vocals kick in, together with some very energetic electronic riffs, the song really becomes awesome. From the same album, I also really like ‘The Lighthouse’.
One of the bands who first got me into this kind of music is Woe, Is Me. Although they’ve split up now, I don’t listen to them very much anymore and they have some admittedly very dubious songs, they are a good place to start in the genre. They have more of an R&B feel, as well as electronic. I would recommend ‘Vengence’ and ‘Fame>Demise’ . ‘Vengence’ may seem really quite erratic and overly heavy at first, but once you listen to it more it starts to make sense and the second half of the song really comes together. I had a large obsession with song at one point, trust me it’s worth giving it a chance.
Finally a band which is a bit less heavy but still combines the same sort of elements as these other bands is The Word Alive. Their 2016 album The Dark Matter is brilliant from start to finish. I would say to listen to ‘Face To Face’ for a more mellow song; great contrast between the verses and chorus. For more electronic songs their album REAL. (2014) is a better place to look. ‘Broken Circuit’ and ‘The Fortune Teller’, for example, are much more synthesised. The breakdowns in ‘The Fortune Teller’ are some of the best.
So that’s it – hope you like the songs! Let me know any reactions and if you have any other suggestions that you think I might like.