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8 J-core Essentials

Written by: Laura Chan

Heavy music is well and truly alive in Asia! Though bands like Maximum The Hormone, FACT, Crossfaith and Coldrain are already making waves in the international circuit, being based in Japan itself has really opened my eyes to the sheer number of domestic acts in the country’s hardcore scene, with punk rock and purist metal being a whole ‘nother set of lists altogether!

In saying that, it would be unforgivable not to share my findings. So without further ado, here’s a quick list of J-core acts worth checking out to get you started!


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Crystal Lake

Metalcore featuring twin riffs, chugging breakdowns and commanding growls that are simultaneously dramatic and mosh-ready, with a whole lot of passion.

For fans of: The Ghost Inside, Stick To Your Guns

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Her Name In Blood

A battering assault of ambitious brutality delving into deathcore and bluesy grooves, but adhere to their roots with ever-present metal undertones.

For fans of: As I Lay Dying, The Acacia Strain

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Make My Day

Dual vocals that alternate infuriated screaming with auto-tuned cleans make for a ferociously catchy post-hardcore party. It’s all about that duality.

For fans of: The Devil Wears Prada, Attack Attack!

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Melodic post-hardcore meets fast skate punk with enough variety to keep things fun and unpredictable, yet always aggressive.

For fans of: FACT, Alexisonfire

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Sludgey layers spiralling into frantic urgency make up Palm’s unmistakable brand of heart-stopping metallic hardcore chaos. Latest release ‘The Unusual’ is no exception.

For fans of: Nails, Converge

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Loyal To The Grave

Tokyo hardcore mainstays offer beatdowns galore as they tear into heavy slabs of old school hardcore with some modern metalcore elements.

For fans of: Terror, Agnostic Front

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Infernal Revulsion

Extreme death metal devastation at more neck-breaking beats per minute than I can count, despite having an easily readable logo.

For fans of: Goverent, Job For A Cowboy

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Cinematic walls of sound as a result of merging post-rock atmospherics with progressive post-hardcore, accompanied by thoughtful screamo, creating beautiful discord.

For fans of: Touche Amore, Pianos Become The Teeth

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