Slide on over ice-bath challenge. There’s a new rage on social media, SpongeCore, and if you’re not sure what that is, just have a seat and be prepared to have a million megawatts of metal pumping through your trendy, little square shorts. After a content creator put the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants over part of the Knocked Loose song "Mistakes Like Fractures," SpongeBob inspired metalcore has got the whole scene rolling—with laughter!
The crazy mashup originates from a 2001 episode of Nickelodeon's infamous animated show, SpongeBob SquarePants, already no stranger to the meme-iverse. TikTok user @iitsgalo shared the clip last month, but the genesis of the funny concept stems from musician and mashup maker Neil Schneider, who recorded a 2015 EP Bold and Thrash under the name xSPONGEXCOREx that put SpongeBob dialogue with metal music.
Earlier this spring, Schneider told New Fury Media about how the whole concept continues to “blow my mind eight years later, [just by] how much it blew up! It's such an awesome feeling seeing something you create be loved by so many people and getting so much praise….”
Conversely, though, there was one thing that Schneider said he’s observed in the wake of all the hysteria. “At the same time, it's such a weird feeling,” he stated. “I created the project completely out of boredom. It was supposed to be nothing more than just a few songs to make my friends laugh. And yet here we are, eight years later, and I somehow made an entire community laugh, as well."
You can see the SpongeBob/Knocked Loose mash-up below. What other metalcore tracks do you think would mash-up well with SpongeBob SquarePants? Share some of your candidates in the comments section below—we always appreciate a good laugh!