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2015: The End of Deathcore, The Rise of Nu-Rapcore

I’m going to be honest: Deathcore is dying. It has been for a couple of years now with the exception of a few breakout bands that still follow the same guidelines they did in 2010 such as Thy Art is Murder and I Declare War. With the exception of these bands and a few others, most other bands are either grasping at dead straws and getting nowhere or moving on to the new waves of deathcore. Or rather should I say the new wave of nu-metal.

It is literally such old news that nu-metal has wriggled its way into the modern metal scene, but I’m not talking about how nu-metal exists again, I’m talking about how nu-metal is advancing. Nu-metal is now what is always has been, as well as what it never has been, mixing with genres that have taken the spotlight since their underwhelming, greasy, fartbutt death in the mid 2000’s. From modern radio-rock in the form of the new Of Mice & Men album, to metalcore in the form of the new Beartooth album, to the fact that King 810 is a successful band at all, it is obvious nu-metal is here to stay.

For those of you who enjoy intently following the rises and falls of trends in music genres like I do, you have most likely noticed that deathcore has turned towards two different directions. One direction is the “sludgewave” direction, which is basically deathcore with somehow even more breakdowns, fronted by bands such as Traitors, Black Tongue, and Feign. The other direction is the rising star and the center of attention in this conversation: The nu-rapcore direction, with bands such as Sworn In, Gift Giver, and Darke Complex (Widow) taking cues from popular nu-rapcore bands of the late 1990’s and 2000’s such Korn, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and Papa Roach. While both directions are different, I classify both of them under the broader umbrella of “nu-death”.

2015 is roughly eight weeks old now and we have three new nu-rapcore tracks from the three bands listed above, let’s take a look at each band.

Sworn In:

When Sworn In dropped The Death Card in 2013,  they became one of the first popular nu-death bands to hit the scene. Listen to their first single ‘Hypocrisy’ below and note the opening “whehh’s” straight out of a Slipknot song, the thumpy chugs, and most importantly, the rapping section two minutes in. A star is born.

Another important accomplishment Sworn In make was also being one of the scene’s very first popular “asylumcore” bands. “Asylumcore” is otherwise known as “bands whose most popular subject matter is how crazy and trapped inside their own head they are”. See example below.

Sworn In recently announced their new album The Lovers / The Devil, as well the first single ‘Sunshine’, which can be seen below.

Although this song is sans rap influence, the nu-rapmetal influence is still dripping in this song. Pay attention to the Nine Inch Nails drum-and-bass sections at 1:30. The industrial metal revival has already come and gone in the form of Motionless in White and Whitechapel but I have never witnessed a core band include a section like that. Respect to Sworn In for staying futuristic. Will nu-death eventually evolve into a Nine Inch Nails electro-industrial wave? Will that be the hot trend of 2016? No one can say for sure. God have mercy on our souls.

Darke Complex 

A band that was known as Widow until last week, Darke Complex started gaining notoriety after a short hiatus with the release of their first single ‘Invertebrate’. Unfortunately for us all, their debut EP will be releasing eleven months after the release of this song. ‘Invertebrate’ is a solid song, I believe this band is one of the most promising nu-rapcore bands of today, with their heavy nature, genre bendability, and those Chester Bennington-like cleans, this song is a solid display of what nu-rapcore is capable of.

There was like a month in 2014 nu-death history where VHS-themed music videos and VHS font were cool, however I haven’t seen anything since, bands looking for something doable and new should take notice.

Darke Complex announced their new EP Widow and this new song ‘Desperation’ last week, touching the edges of both “asylumcore” and nu-rapcore with their guitar scratches in the breakdown at 1:00, the rapping thirty seconds later, and trademark Linkin Park cleans.

Gift Giver

One of the bands that got popular in the post-Sworn In “asylumcore” wake is Gift Giver (see also Barrier and Villains) with their 2013 EP Daddy Issues. With a mix of kooky deathcore and a touch of nu-metal industrial influence, Gift Giver is one of the havier bands in the nu-death genre.

Gift Giver recently premiered the first single off their upcoming album Shitlife (really?) titled ‘Cursed’, and it appears they too have taken the nu-rapcore direction, which is apparent at the Limp Bizkit rap section thirty seconds into the song.

So what do you think? Eight weeks into the year and we already have three solid indications that nu-rapcore is the new, cool direction to go in. Do you have any examples of your own? How do you feel about these bands and these songs? Let me know!



  1. Tuscany Mckenzie

    26 February, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    “beloved djent sensation Papa Roach”

  2. Farib

    26 February, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Attila mix rap and deathcore since a while..

  3. dafuq.

    27 February, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Oh my fucking god that was terrible.. pure shit.

  4. TomConstanti

    28 October, 2015 at 8:35 am

    They all just sound like “Heavier” versions of hardcore punk to me….

  5. JohnJacquard

    16 December, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    here is deathcore that is alive as ever

    your review is just your measly small minded perspective and does noy reflect on what is happening in the real world.

  6. Soulaiman Agalf

    7 March, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Sadly christian progressive alternative political melodic vegan black metal will have to go next. It was fun while it lasted.

  7. John Core

    7 March, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    End of Deathcore ? :’)

  8. Attila Kis

    7 March, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    2015 was the end of deathcore? We’ll show them that’s not true, aye, Ferenc?

  9. Sebastiao Neves

    7 March, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    stop trying to be stuffyouwillhate

  10. Asher DeJak

    7 March, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Deathcore is not dead

  11. It Djents

    7 March, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Hell no! I hope you are wrong 😮

  12. Henrik Sándor

    7 March, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Deathcore is not dead. It Just remained to the underground. this is the original place of deathcore, not the big hype!!

  13. William Robert Hamill

    7 March, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    This is why I don’t label anything

  14. Mikołaj Ławiński

    8 March, 2016 at 12:06 am

    everything with “black” in it can go next : )

  15. Alexander Harper

    8 March, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Maybe people will wake up this year and realise that music shouldn’t be about labels and genres and that it has always been about talent and dedication.

  16. Andres Ggomez

    8 March, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Deathcore never dies

  17. Qvd Nvi

    8 March, 2016 at 12:50 am

    I hope you misspelled trash by underground

  18. Tobias V Deadlift

    8 March, 2016 at 12:57 am

    cant really weigh in on this one as i have never really been that much into deathcore. a number of my favourite bands are deathcore but none of them sound like your stereotypical deathcore band. that being said, i feel like these bands do rather well with what they’re doing. but maybe that’s because they are unique, each in their own way. and they are also leaning towards death (prog or tech) and moving away from the core side of things (or never fully went there to begin with).

  19. Ian Moran

    8 March, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Deathcore can’t be dead if Fit For An Autopsy is still active. However, I will admit, like all other genres, it has been copied and dumbed down by too many bands.

  20. Michael Anderson

    8 March, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Does any genre ever really die?

  21. Nick Ingala

    8 March, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Deathcore will never end

  22. Jack Evans

    8 March, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Nu-rapcore?? Is that just a funk new name for nu metal? Help me out here

  23. Sean Messier

    8 March, 2016 at 2:27 am

    There hasn’t been a good deathcore album in years

  24. David McCaughey

    8 March, 2016 at 3:05 am

    Check out Depths from New Zealand. Released a banger last year (The Mortal Compass). Contains something most deathcore bands these days have forgotten about….riffs.

  25. David McCaughey

    8 March, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Deathcore can still be quality:

  26. Tony Heinzel

    8 March, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Deathcore never dies

  27. Tim Arbaugh

    8 March, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Until all shall perish come back lol

  28. Løuis Dazy

    8 March, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Wasn’t it 2009?

  29. Samuel Tremblay-Boucher

    8 March, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Thy art is murder, fit for an autopsy, oceano, lorna shore, entreprise earth…deathcore ain’t dead bruh

  30. Jacob Daniel

    8 March, 2016 at 4:06 am

    Deathcore isn’t dead.

  31. Nico Herrera

    8 March, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Lucas Dominguez el 2015 año en el que empezó a morir el deathcore? D:

  32. Michael Devlin

    8 March, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Lugal ki en was great. Also ascendants > incisions

  33. Sean Messier

    8 March, 2016 at 4:34 am

    I don’t like much tech stuff, especially in deathcore. It’s weird when dumb genres try to be smart. I do agree however that the new Oceano was solid.

  34. Kevin Michael Valenzuela

    8 March, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Thats what im saying

  35. Agustus John Hull

    8 March, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Deathcore wont be finished until Despised Icon is dead.

  36. Benjamin Gary Richards

    8 March, 2016 at 5:33 am

    We need more bands in the metal scene influenced by deftones!

  37. Giacomo Fiderio

    8 March, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Not forgetting aversions crown and humanity’s last breath.

  38. Alexandar Ercegovac

    8 March, 2016 at 11:41 am

    deathcore didnt die,it became boring and generic AF
    Despised Icon

  39. Terry Newberry

    8 March, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    At least he can spell his own name.

  40. Steve Charlton

    8 March, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    If Deathcore is dead, then I’ll be the first to dance on its grave.

  41. Daniel Werder

    8 March, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Deathcore is very much alive and kicking

  42. Geoffrey Clark

    8 March, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Nu metal ➕ Djent= Ted Nujent

  43. Doge Man

    8 March, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t know if Deathcore is really dying, but I found some awesome deathcore bands so, as long as I find things I like, I’m good.

  44. Jordon Chatten

    8 March, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    2015 was the year Deathcore died? Yet Sumerian Records signs their first deathcore act Slaughter To Prevail. Stay Sick Recordings signs Enterprise Earth. Century Media Records signs BLACK TONGUE. I would say 2015 is the year Deathcore started to comeback!!

  45. Truman Sayre

    8 March, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    A night in texas as well

  46. Alex Bates

    8 March, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I love deathcore and bluegrass

  47. Luc Chiasson

    8 March, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Thy art is Murder? Fit for an Autopsy? Whitechapel? Despised Icon are making a come back. This is a joke right?

  48. Arthur Cordova

    8 March, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Exactly. I mean people would dismiss me when i say i like deathcore because they instantly think of all the sceney-weenie popcore bands, but really i jus dig the ones that really stand out (VoM, ATB, etc..)

  49. Connor Arbiter

    9 March, 2016 at 3:54 am

    wtf is djent? (*snarky face*)

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