ABC of Rock Part 3 of 3

Post-hardcore

ABC of Rock Part 3 of 3(2014)  Post-hardcore is a subdivision of hardcore, like the name already suggests. But post-hardcore can draw from a broader skid than traditional hardcore does. The harsh sound of bands like Fugazi or Jawbox led to the ones of At The Drive-In or Thursday, who were far more melodic and indie rock influences. Today post-hardcore is a pool of different sounding bands that have some hints of hardcore influences in their sound. On the other hand this makes it difficult to find a definition for post-hardcore. But it is easy to say, that post-hardcore is a term used for bands, who are too melodic for metalcore, but still sing and shout a lot (you once called this "screamo"). Popular groups for this definition of post-hardcore are Pierce The Veil. Chiodos or A Skylit Drive. But post-hardcore is also used for more ambitious bands like Emarosa, Thrice, Thurday or The Fall of Troy. Or for bands who are too heavy for being emo such as Boysetsfire, Alexisonfire or Senses Fail and Funeral For A Friend by now.
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Post-rock/Post-metal

Post-rock and -metal are one of the biggest hypes at the moment, even though this hype is a small one that will never ever make its way into the mainstream. The songs are long, diverse and mostly instrumental. These two genres have a broad spectre of influences - even outside of the normal rock world. There is a good chance, that post-rock/-metal-groups use parts of electronic, jazz and ambient. This is the reason why these bands can write such diverse music. Due to these influences Post-rock/Post-metal is free of any genre conventions. Whilst post-rock bands may use different vocals like samples or distorted voices, post-metal bands are mostly shouting. Both genres include clean vocals or leave vocals out at all. One of the most known bands of this genre is the icelandic post-rock group Sigur Rós, whose 1999 single 'Hoppípolla' was used in movies and TV advertisements. Another known band is Deafheaven, who blend post-rock with black metal. The nu metal outfit Deftones included post-rock elements into their last records as well.
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Progressive Rock

Progressive rock is an ambitious kind of rock music. One single song can stretch out to 10, 20 or even 30 minutes. The eclectic instrumentation and complex song structures are significant for progressive rock. The artists are free from genre convictions and they can experience with different sounds, instruments and structures. It is a conscious decision of prog band to differ from the typical rock/pop-song structures and it is something this genre adopts from jazz and classical music. The bloom of progressive rock was the 1970's. Artists like Pink Floyd, Rush, Genesis, King Crimson or Yes dominated this genre and were also able to succeed high charts positions. Hard rockers like Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin dived into progressive rock as well - at least for a few songs. Another important element of progressive rock and metal bands is the concept record. It is a record, whose lyrics tell a story throughout the whole record. Alternatively a concept records deals with a certain topic. The repetition of musical motives is another characteristic of such an album. The rockers of The Who released a milestone with "Tommy", which they performed live with the addition of an orchestra and actors. Other notable works are "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, "Ocean" by Eloy and Jethro Tull's "A Passion Play". The emo-prog-rock-band Coheed & Cambria took this concept to new heights with their six albums spanning storyline.
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Punk rock

Punk or punk rock develops mid-70's in England and the United States. The Sex Pistols, Ramones, The Clash, Misfits and Bad Brains established the early punk sound. Significant for punk rock were the very fast songs, simple songs and riffs as well as social critic lyrics. Even though the Misfits sung about horror topics (which led to the genre of horror punk eventually) and the Ramones were more funny than social critical. During the 1990's bands like Green Day or The Offspring became very popular within the mainstream culture. These bands were more radio friendly than previous punk bands. Green Day even released two concept albums, "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown", which is very uncommon for punk. Nevertheless the band's classic record is 1994's "Dookie". Another band that became popular in the 90's are Bad Religion. This band was more true to the roots of punk rock, but maintained a more melodic approach. Today's most successful punk rock band might be Rise Against, who manage to fill arenas with their blend of punk, hardcore and pop.
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Rock

Rock music has gone a long way. Rock'n'Roll developed from blues and can be considered as the birth of rock music with the help of artists like Elvis oder Chuck Berry. But this still differs from the things that come to our minds, when we think of "rock" as the genre we know today. A couple of the first bands that be labeled as rock are The Rolling Stones and The Doors. Later on there were the ones of Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper or Jimi Hendrix. Some progressive rock bands were active in the late 60's/early 70's as well such as King Crimson or Pink Floyd. Rock bands used to combine influences of blues and folk with the sound of distorted guitars. It is difficult to define rock as a whole, because this genre has many sub genres like progressive rock, punk, alternative or hard rock. The Doors are as much of a rock band as Aerosmith, Alice Copper or later on the Foo Fighters. Pop/rock acts such as U2 or Fleetwood Mac are rock bands as well. So, it is not that easy to classify rock.
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