Post-hardcore is hardcore’s more mature and complex brother. If hardcore demands simplicity and DIY ethics then post-hardcore thrives on a more unique and dynamic ways of pushing forward the music. The reason this genre is one of my favourite is due to its mixing with other genres such as soul, electronic, funk, jazz etc but still maintains that loud and heavy sound of its origin genre.
1) Enter Shikari: Not only are these guys my favourite post-hardcore band but they are, in my opinion, the greatest band of my generation. They seamlessly blend post-hardcore styles with electronic influences, such as dupstep and trance, or what they call ‘abuse music genres worthless boundaries. Seriously, at an Enter Shikari gig you don’t know whether to mosh or rave. Lead singer Rou has an incredible mix of harsh shouts and screams alongside lullaby like cleans to showcase a diverse singing style that fits Enter Shikari constantly developing sound. The guitar riffs of Roy C. range from complex and catchy taps to heavy chugged breakdowns to match the blending of hardcore style with electronic driven riffs. Chris Batten uses his bass to create, at some points, a funky almost jazzy sound during bridges that flow straight back in to bring out the sound of the guitar. As for the drums, well Rob Rolfe is one of the craziest drummers around constantly having a stage presence even behind the kit. His drumming can go from simple rock drumming, to fast blast beats into providing rave ready beats. When you combine all this you get an extraordinary sound that is unique to Enter Shikari which is the reason they top this list and are my all time favourite band.
2) Architects: Metal influenced post-hardcorers Architects smash out melodic hardcore choruses and breakdowns in-between technical metal verses in a way that very few other bands can get right. Sam Carter’s vocals are coarse during his screaming and shouting but melodic during the bands catchy choruses. The guitar riffs are often intricate during the verses and during bridges but will have your head snapping during the chug heavy choruses. Their breakdowns are simple and effective guaranteed to have you flinging your arms like a stroppy child. The drums are fast paced and take advantage of using blast beat to reinforce the sound of the band as they pound out beats that are both fast and aggressive.
3) letlive. The boys of letlive. basked in the sound of punk and alternative when riffing their post-hardcore sound. The lyrics are delivered emotively and furiously to match Jason Butler’s sage antics as he leaps around the stage, and often off it. His vocals range from quick almost rapping to screams and shouts to rhythmically singing. The band makes the most of temp changes to create obscure drum beats and frantic guitar riffs that are often thrown from calm cleans into a distorted chugging breakdown. It is hard not to bounce and thrash along with this band as you get picked up in their captivating music.
4) Reuben: Camberley crushing Reuben utilise variety of styles that keeps their music interesting and surprising to new comers. Jamie Lenmans vocals can be a sweet whisper in your ears one minute then a roaring explosion the next, taking these techniques from both heavy metal and post-hardcore. Taking the vocal style into account it isn’t hard to guess that the instruments follow this ambushing approach to the listeners, taking them through slow and calm melodies then hitting them with chaotic almost metal like guitar riffs.
5) Amity Affliction: All the way from down under these lads have taken a leaf out of the metal handbook as well as the melodic hardcore one. Peaceful verses are spliced between guitar and drum heavy choruses that generate such a hard impact due to the contrasts between verse and chorus. Okay, so it is not the most original song structure in the world but Amity Affliction use it to toss listeners from the cliff of head banging guitar chugs into the safety net of smooth vocals and clean during the verses in a way that is unique to their sound. The band also use the melodic breakdowns of melodic hardcore to bridge their songs together and unlike some breakdowns which are simple chug patterns, theirs are more fast paced and often including pick sweeps, bass slides and rhythmical drum fills.