In , a 17 -year-old Trevor Friedrich, who has been the drummer in the straight edge band Eighteen Visions since , decided to become straight edge after drinking and doing drugs as a young teen. Nathan Stephens-Griffin from the Durham pop-punk band Martha claimed edge at 18 in All three of the musicians became involved in their local hardcore scenes as teenagers and took pride in identifying as straight edge. In , Eighteen Vision released their searing single Oath as a means of solidifying their commitment to being edge, while chastising those who had left the movement. Trevor says that the song still resonates today.
It emerged as a style of post-hardcore from the mids hardcore punk movement in Washington, D. By the mids, bands such as Braid , the Promise Ring and the Get Up Kids emerged from the burgeoning Midwest emo scene, and several independent record labels began to specialize in the genre. Meanwhile, screamo , a more aggressive style of emo using screamed vocals , also emerged, pioneered by the San Diego bands Heroin and Antioch Arrow.
Earlier this year, our U. This, of course, resulted in us having to disqualify plenty of talented acts, as well as a lot of teeth gnashing among Internet historians and scene veterans. The next step was clear: publish a list of the 50 best American hardcore bands blowing up the scene right now. For both America and hardcore, the times are changing, with unorthodox opinions and previously-marginalized voices rising to the surface within the scene. And while some bands on this list embody the more traditional crush-kill-destroy sound of bands like Terror and Hatebreed , others take a noticeable left turn when it comes to what hardcore is, or at the very least can be. The band must be still actively playing shows, releasing albums.
Hardline is a deep ecology subculture that has its roots in the vegan straight edge hardcore punk scene. From an initial founding statement the movement attempted a break with the straight edge and hardcore scenes. The founding statement and subsequent literature pushed a biocentric view of the world, anti-abortion stance and much more extreme version of straight edge. Many hardline bands existed, the most well known of which were Vegan Reich  and Raid. The hardline philosophy forbids its adherents from smoking or chewing any form of tobacco , drinking alcoholic beverages , and using illicit drugs or employing medicine. Hardliners as they are called are expected to follow a strict dietary regimen based on the above-mentioned pillars of respect for innocent life and the "natural order". Hardliners eat only foods that are vegan and relatively natural e. Human rights issues are also factored into the movement's food politics, and followers are urged to shun third-world cash crops such as coffee, chocolate, sugar, and most tropical fruits.