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Post-hardcore is a genre of music that developed from hardcore punk, itself an offshoot of the broader punk rock movement. Like post-punk, post-hardcore is a term for a broad constellation of groups. Many emerged from the hardcore punk scene, or took inspiration from hardcore, while concerning themselves with a wider degree of expression.

The genre took shape in the mid- to late-1980s with releases from bands from the Midwestern United States. Particularly, from the scenes in Washington, D.C. such as Fugazi as well as slightly different sounding groups such as Big Black and Jawbox that stuck closer to the noise rock roots of post-hardcore.


Post-hardcore is derived from hardcore punk, which had typically featured very fast tempos, loud volume and heavy bass levels, as well as a "do-it-yourself" ethic. Allmusic states that "these newer bands, termed post-hardcore, often found complex and dynamic ways of blowing off steam that generally went outside the strict hardcore realm of 'loud fast rules'. Additionally, many of these bands' vocalists were just as likely to deliver their lyrics with a whispered croon as they were a maniacal yelp." The music database also says that the bands found creative ways to build and...
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