THE HOPE CONSPIRACY
Another brutal crew of Bostonians, the Hope Conspiracy's 2000 debut, Cold Blue and its 2002 follow-up Endnote are archetypal slices of impassioned, early-aughts metalcore. Things got a lot more evil with 2006's Death Knows Your Name, eventually paving the way for HopeCon singer Kevin Baker's contemporary hardcore project with Converge drummer Ben Koller, All Pigs Must Die.
CHECK OUT: “Fallen”
Birthed in mid-'90s Kansas City, Missouri, Coalesce put Midwestern metalcore on the map with 1997's Give Them Rope and their 1999 Led Zeppelin coves EP, There Is Nothing New Under The Sun. Early Coalesce drummer James Dewees ended up as the genius behind Reggie And The Full Effect, as well as keyboard player for the Get Up Kids, New Found Glory and My Chemical Romance.
CHECK OUT: “Did It Pay The Rent”
Frontman Jamey Jasta's Hatebreed flipped the script on hardcore with their 1997 debut, Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire. The classic album launched hundreds of indebted bands, helping to open the door to mainstream metalcore. Hatebreed eventually incorporated more metal elements into their sound on albums like Perseverance (2002) and The Rise Of Brutality (2003), bringing the metalcore mannerisms full circle. Jasta and crew released their latest work, The Concrete Confessional, earlier this year.
CHECK OUT: “Empty Promises”
Tacoma, Washington's Botch got together in 1993 and split in 2002, firing off two widely praised albums on Hydra Head Records in 1998 and 1999. Botch's significance in the metalcore milieu can't be overstated, impacting everyone from Architects to the Used. Former Botch members went on to play in other prominent Seattle-area bands like Minus The Bear and These Arms Are Snakes.
CHECK OUT: “To Our Friends In The Great White North”
AS I LAY DYING
Prior to vocalist Tim Lambesis' recent incarceration, San Diego's As I Lay Dying issued six stylish albums of cutting-edge metalcore, culminating in 2012's highly charged Awakened. As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa, bassist Josh Gilbert and drummer Jordan Mancino are currently carrying on as Wovenwar with Oh, Sleeper singer Shane Blay; the refortified supergroup's sophomore album, Honor Is Dead, came out Oct. 21.
CHECK OUT: “The Sound Of Truth”