Top Ten Florida Hardcore Bands of All Time

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Shai Hulud
Hardcore punk is an art form as distinctly American as jazz and competitive eating. The legendary scenes of New York, Boston, and California lay claim to the vast majority of bands liable to be referred to as "important" -- those whose T-shirts have been deemed worthy for wear by random hipsters in need of authenticity points.

However, Florida -- and South Florida in particular -- sustained a scene that spawned some of the best hardcore acts to ever stomp a stage or incite a microphone brawl. And though we're undoubtedly a little biased, we thought we'd compile a list to prove the point to those of you who may have forgotten (or never knew) the might of Sunshine State hardcore.

The following list is in no particular order.

See also:
- Ten Best Screamo Bands from Florida
- Ten Best Florida Metal Bands of All Time

10. Poison the Well
PTW was a Miami- and Coral Springs-based band that successfully mixed elements of melody and a healthy dose of experimentation with the anger of hardcore in a way that made its sound instantly recognizable and completely unique.

The band's first full-length, The Opposite of December, is considered a landmark record, and subsequent albums grew exceedingly experimental and sonically adventuresome, alienating many fans. In our opinion, the band's late career output does not get the respect it deserves.

9. Shai Hulud
To the chagrin of Florida metal fans, we included Shai Hulud on our list of top Florida metal bands. However, although Shai Hulud, founded in Pompano Beach, certainly has enough metal in its sonic recipe and has been influential enough to be on the metal list, at its heart, it's a hardcore band.

Driven by guitarist/lyricist Matt Fox, this band has had a revolving lineup since its inception, having included the likes of Damian Moyal and New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert on lead vocals throughout the years. Most people will agree that Shai Hulud is the quintessential metalcore band.


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16 comments
floydianslipped
floydianslipped

#9 is going to get sued by the estate of Frank Herbert for using their material as their band name without permission and how the hell can this be the best of leaving off ANGER and NONPOINT?

johnwesleykennedy
johnwesleykennedy

No belching penguins? Nuclear Beer? load? Gay Cowboys in Bondage? The Chosen?


aslklskdlksa
aslklskdlksa

Another not mentioned... A great band (1989-91) from the St. Augustine area called "Carnivores in the Co-op".


Just sayin...


Sissy
Sissy

I want to hear more Will H & Tony D of The Believers ...Will I'm awed bro by your kit skills..wish I would have known back in the day.. shame on me for not going to a show...I was "busy"Tony you just rock, then and now...Give me some HR face! Love you two!! Maybe you will now get some long overdue attention.

jason1091
jason1091

Thank for the respect. That's me singing in the Strongarm video. Peace. 

vjvillamil
vjvillamil

This dumbass doesn't have a clue.  He's some new jack that dick pulls and of course is from broward... He failed to consider TENSION that influenced many of the bands he listed.  Then gives credit to another band while failing to mention how that particular bands style and sound came from ANGER.  Dude, you're an idiot and a dickhead.  Go back to Club Q where you saw most of these bands play because that is where you are basing you're opinion of top bands...

benstarkatt
benstarkatt

Wait Strongarm turned into a whiney emo group??? 

Mike Dukes
Mike Dukes

damn... you didnt even include Nonpoint and Elias Soriano in there?! #Sad #TightenUpNT

Throc Morton
Throc Morton

I went to high school with some of these kids. But I never dug hardcore really. I like my punk to sound like punk, and my metal to sound like metal. Mixing the two never feels right to me unless its done in a Star Fucking Hipster style, with dope style transitions.

Tony Serdenes
Tony Serdenes

I think Strongarm should be #2, and where is Tension?

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