Screamo: Extreme Music For Extreme Times?

Jon Wiederhorn of has penned an article on a brand-new heavy metal sub-genre dubbed "screamo," a style characterized by "aggressive, chaotic passages flush with larynx-shredding vocals" balanced "with swooping melodies and vocal harmonies." ATREYU, along with a host of other heartbroken, hate-filled noisemongers like BLEEDING THROUGH, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES, EVERY TIME I DIE, UNEARTH, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, POISON THE WELL and FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND, are turning headbangers on to music that's more cerebral, unpredictable, volatile and lyrically articulate than much of the nĂ¼-metal that has permeated airwaves for the past five years.

"This is extreme music for extreme times," said Maria Fererro, an independent publicist who has worked with metal and screamo bands for well over a decade. "Metal isn't what it used to be, but 20 years later it's still about the same things. These kids are dressed differently, but they're still rebelling." [Read more]


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