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Members Of SHADOWS FALL, GOD FORBID & ALL THAT REMAINS Weigh In On ATREYU "Inventing Metalcore"

They, uh… didn't. Not even close.

They, uh... didn't. Not even close.

Yesterday, Atreyu's frontman made the claim that his band invented metalcore. In his statement, he says Atreyu pre-dates Poison The Well, who pre-dates Atreyu by one year, and Killswitch Engage, but leaves out the fact that both those groups put out their debut albums before Atreyu. Apparently math is super hard for some people.

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Anyway, I'm not here to tell you that Alex Varkatzas is wrong. Guitarist Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid, Bad Wolves) and frontmen Brian Fair (ex-Overcast, Shadows Fall, Hell Night, etc.) and Phil Labonte (All That Remains) are here to do that. It all started when Coyle started off with a joke about Varkatzas' claim and then listed some bands that pre-date Atreyu by quite a bit.

Labonte first jumps in to agree with Coyle, and then Fair jumps in later on to talk about the bands that influenced his original band Overcast. Overcast put out their first EP in 1992, and Fair says there were bands before that EP that pushed them in that direction.

So yeah, not that this needed to be heavily debated or anything, but the deluge of conversation about it has actually been pretty interesting. Maybe people will get into some older metalcore-type bands that they otherwise never would've heard of outside these tweets and comments.

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