Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Does Melodic Hardcore create a changing of emotions throughout songs?

In the readings I felt a great connection to the portion reflecting intensity patterns. 

In Church's Hurts So Good it states, "... This may also be explained by music’s dialectical offering of pleasure and pain to the listener in the form of intensity and release (Burke, 1953; Langer, 1953; Sloboda, 2005). This process, it should be noted, does not necessarily create emotion in the individual, but reflects it (Sellnow & Sellnow, 2001).

According to THE GOOGLE, The genre Melodic Hardcore is a subgenre of Hardcore Punk with a strong emphasis on melody in its guitar work. It is defined by the fast drum patterns and shouting vocals typical of hardcore, along with chiming melodic riffs.

In bands like La Dispute, Being as an Ocean, and Touche' Amore' a listener can find a variety of passes throughout not only throughout their albums, but through varying songs. 

In Being as an Ocean's OK, the band goes between an emotion of anger and a more poetic emotion of acceptance over a lost loved one. Using the tempo drums and "screaming" to indicate the varying emotions.

More popular groups that can be defined as Melodic Hardcore are Rise Against and even early Fall Out Boy. Fall Out Boys first album changes pass dramatically and uses varying riffs to change emotions throughout songs. While Rise Against shows varying pass in each song and are known to go from poetic songs to highly intense punk jams.


1. Do you feel that music can cause or change emotions through varying tempos?

2. Do you feel that songs that have a faster and heavier causes a more intense emotion?

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