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Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Unearth, and More Reveal The True Story Of Metalcore

In the latest episode of our podcast Inside Track, bands from the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal remember when it all began.

At the turn of the millennium, mainstream rock was still in the grips of the now-polished nu-metal scene…but below the surface, something new and powerful was brewing. Along America’s east coast in states like Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and Ohio, a new style was emerging that mixed the melody and technicality of European death metal, the bludgeoning strength of American hardcore, and the emotional honesty of the early emo scene. This new brand of heavy music, dubbed ‘metalcore’, blew up overnight, with a legion of young bands who later became known as the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal changing the face of metal and hardcore with every step they took.

In the latest episode of our podcast Inside Track — in which rock’s biggest names tell the stories behind some of music history’s most insane moments — the stars of the NWOAHM speak about how the genre came about and what it was like being a part of its meteoric rise. Members of the movement’s most important acts — Mark Morton, guitarist of Lamb Of God; Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves and formerly God Forbid; Adam D and Jesse Leach, guitarist and frontman of Killswitch Engage; and Trevor Phipps, frontman of Unearth — recall how they helped lift each other up from playing garages and rehearsal rooms to topping massive stages across the world.

Listen to the true story of metalcore here:

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Every two weeks, Inside Track gives you rock’s biggest names telling the mind-blowing truths behind some of music history’s most monumental moments. Spanning from heavy metal to pop-punk, the podcast reveals what really happened while some of history’s most important sonic movements and game-changing records were coming into the world. Not only will Inside Track feature first-hand accounts by rock’s most talented musicians, but we’ll also let the producers, festival organizers, friends, and other figures behind the scenes give you the inside scoop you’ve never heard before.

READ THIS: How I wrote My Curse, by Adam D of Killswitch Engage

Posted on December 6th 2019, 2:45pm
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