Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The most Hardcore band ever?
Question: Who\'s the most hardcore band you guys have ever signed? From: firstname.lastname@example.org
Answer: Thats a toughie! Earache has signed a ton of the scenes MOST extreme bands over the years (we pretty much kickstarted the extreme metal genre, and many of the first bands i signed have since become legends like Napalm Death) but it depends what you mean by 'Hardcore'I think -because if you mean traditional HC bands, we didnt sign hardly any of those. In the UK that woud mean DISCHARGE, possibly the originators of the HC scene as it is known here, and we did have proper sit down meetings with the band including Cal & Rainy to sig them to Earache in mid 90's but we didnt hit it off, sadly.
If you are USA based, then original US Old school hardcore bands are names like say Black Flag or Minor Threat from the first cutting-edge wave, then say Sick Of It All, Agnostic Front, Cro Mags from the New York second wave, Judge, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today from the straight edge wave, later on more metal-influenced HC bands like Earth Crisis, Hatebreed would be the late 90's wave.Currently the word Hardcore means a lot of different styles from different eras- the very latest extremely brutal style nowadays would be Death-Core which is a hybrid mix of Death-metal and HC- say JFAC, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Annotations of an Autopsy and possibly the heaviest and most violent of them all is our new signings OCEANO.
Hardcore can also mean being down with the scene, dedicated to it through good times and lean times too..some of the original HC bands are still going strong, Discharge being a supreme example.I nominate them as the most HC band in the scene, ever.
As for the earache-signed bands our most hardcore band ever would be NAPALM DEATH, also the more sludgy IRON MONKEY were pretty hardcore.