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