The 10 Best Metalcore Bands
2. Suicide Silence
Local deathcore heroes Suicide Silence are based in the OC and IE areas, and formed in 2002. The band gained a huge local fan base from its intense live shows, and quickly gained a regional following by relentless tours across the states. With three albums under their belts and massive success in sales and tours around the world, it seemed that the members of Suicide Silence, including guitarists Chris Garza Mark Heylmun, drummer Alex Lopez, and vocalist Mitch Lucker Kenny were at the top of their game and nothing in the world could stop them.
Then, the band's world was shattered, when on Nov. 1, 2012, Lucker tragically passed away due to a horrific motorcycle accident in his hometown of Huntington Beach, at age 28, leaving his band members, family, and millions of fans world wide heart broken from the senseless loss. No one knew of the band would continue, but now with metal brother in law Hernan "Eddie" Hermida from All Shall Perish, the band flies on the face of loss, adversity, having performed the N. American Debut a the Golden Gods awards ceremony last month in LA, and a spot on this summer's Rockstar Mayhem fest this summer with Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Bodycount, Cannibal Corpse and more.
1. Killswitch Engage
Based out of the Boston area, this band took the ethics and ethos of the original Boston hardcore metal scene and went further with the sound to evolve into a blend that took equal parts Fear Factory, Dio, Machine Head and Deftones mixed with the OG East coast hardcore sound, and created a sound that defines metal core. Clear vocals, thrash metal, and explosive harmonies along with very with a clear style of singing that is soulful, breaks up the anger with some an in your face sense of humanity. The songs are very full of rage and raw beauty, many power metal type ballads with much darker, faster and heavier vocals drums and riffs.
The band's current line up consists of original vocalist Jesse Leach, along with drummer Justin Foley, guitarists Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel and bassist Mike D'Antonio. However, the band achieved much of its success with vocalist Howard Jones, who fronted the band for a decade between 2002 and 2012. Be sure to check out the band's cover of the classic Dio song Holy Diver, as well as the album that was recorded with the original singer but featured Jones on tour, 2002's Alive or Just Breathing.