By: John Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman
Like it or not, the history of the OC metal scene owes a lot to the phrase "guyliner," specifically a subgenre dubbed Metalcore that reared its head in the early 2000s. Brought forth by musicians who mixed Iron Maiden guitar chops with brutal break downs and glam rock and throat-shredding vocals, Orange County bred several bands that took the genre to mainstream heights. In a recently released book called Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal by Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman, OC gets some special attention in it's chapter on Metalcore, including an interview with now defunct band Eighteen Visions who broke up in 2007. This year, the former members were sad to report that Mick Morris, the former bassist of the band, passed away in June. But before they called it quits, 18V played a definitive role in shaping and styling a subgenre of Metalcore that would come to be known as "Fashioncore," a once popular style to which Hot Topic still owes a huge debt of gratitude. Hear from the band about how Fashioncore first came about.
From Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal:
Even with its revolving-door lineup, Eighteen Visions played a major role in changing the look of California metalcore. During their peak years in the early 2000s they dressed sharply, wore makeup, and styled their hair like glam musicians. The band was
musically innovative as well, changing styles over the course of their career from bruising hardcore metal to melodic alternative rock, predating similar moves by Atreyu and Avenged Sevenfold.
BRANDAN SCHIEPPATI: Since Javier was in hair school, his whole thing was wanting to cut everybody's hair. So we all had freaky haircuts. We modeled ourselves a little bit after Unbroken, who were very sharply dressed because they were
the heaviest band around and they didn't look it, which we thought was fuckin' cool.
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