Electronicore (also known as synthcore or trancecore) is a fusion genre of metalcore with elements of various electronic music genres, often including trance, electronica, and dubstep.[1]


Sumerian Records noted in the late 2000s that "there has been a surplus of electronica/hardcore music as of late."[2] Attack Attack! is often recognized as the primary American contributor of the style,[3] being inspired by British band Enter Shikari.[4] Enter Shikari is an electronicore band that began in 1999, adding their last member and transforming to "Enter Shikari" from "Hybryd" in early 2003, in St Albans, England.[5] The group has received international radio airplay and a substantial number of musical awards, from Kerrang!, NME, Rock Sound Magazine and BT Digital Music Awards.[6][7][8] They express a relationship with electronic music genres such as trance and have been referred to as the "kings of trancecore."[9] Their second album, titled Common Dreads, was released in June 2009 and debuted on the UK Albums Chart at 16.[10] In 2020, metal band Bring Me The Horizon released Post Human: Survival Horror which has notable elements of Electronicore in a few tracks such as 1x1 which features duo Nova Twins.


Electronicore is characterized by typical metalcore instrumentation, breakdowns, and heavy use of sequencers, conventional instrument recorded-note samplers, electronic tone-generating synthesizers, auto-tuned singing, and screamed vocals.[11][12][13] The genre often features dynamic transitions from soft electronica ballads to intense metalcore passages. However, the degree to which metalcore characteristics are incorporated may vary. In addition to electronica, the fusion may involve a variety of other electronic music genres, including techno,[14][15] trance,[9] dubstep,[16] electro,[17] and dance.[13]

Enter Shikari's guitarist Rory Clewlow playing at VOLT festival, Sopron, Hungary, in 2012.

Related musical styles

See also


  1. ^ Heaney, George. "Ghost Town – The After Party". AllMusic. Retrieved October 22, 2015. most electronicore is essentially metalcore with some synths tacked on for good measure
  2. ^ "I See Stars on Sumerian Records". Sumerian Records. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  3. ^ "Attack Attack! – Sunday Came Sundenly Review from Music Emissions". Music Emissions – Indie Music. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  4. ^ "The True Story Behind the Most Hated Metal Video of All Time". Kerrang!. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  5. ^ James Birtles, The Mancunion Album: Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood of Colour Archived February 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Kerrang! Awards 2006 Blog: Best British Newcomer". Kerrang.typepad.com. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Mike Diver. "NME Awards: winners in full". Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved September 11, 2012.
  8. ^ "Muse win BT Digital Music Award". NME.
  9. ^ a b "Enter Shikari: "Kings of Trancecore"". PureGrainAudio. Archived from the original on February 3, 2010. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  10. ^ "Radio 1 – The Official Chart with Reggie Yates – The Official UK Top 40 Albums Chart". BBC. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  11. ^ "I See Stars News – I See Stars – 3D Review". Artists.letssingit.com. August 18, 2009. Archived from the original on August 21, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  12. ^ Duffy, Grace (Staff member). "REVIEW: I SEE STARS – END OF THE WORLD PARTY". Under the Gun Reviews. Retrieved April 25, 2011. ((cite web)): External link in |first= (help)
  13. ^ a b Heaney, Gregory. "Abandon All Ships – Biography". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  14. ^ Freeman, Phil (April 11, 2011). "Asking Alexandria – Reckless & Relentless". AltPress.com. Alternative Press. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  15. ^ Freeman, Phil. "Stand Up and Scream". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  16. ^ Pio, Gabriel (Staff member). "I See Stars – The End of the World Party". TheNewReview.net. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011. ((cite web)): External link in |first= (help)
  17. ^ Carino, Paula. "Common Dreads". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
  18. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "HORSE the Band – Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  19. ^ Payne, Will B. (February 14, 2006). "Nintendo Rock: Nostalgia or Sound of the Future". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  20. ^ Wright (December 9, 2010). "Subgenre(s) of the Week: Nintendocore (feat. Holiday Pop)". The Quest. Archived from the original on January 21, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  21. ^ Gail, Leor (July 14, 2009). "Scrunk happens: We're not fans, but the kids seem to like it". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
  22. ^ Interview with J. Amaretto of DHR, WAX Magazine, issue 5, 1995. Included in liner notes of Digital Hardcore Recordings, Harder Than the Rest!!! compilation CD.
  23. ^ Alec Empire. on the Digital Hardcore scene and its origins, Indymedia.ie, December 28, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-05-28.