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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The British Hardcore Scene

Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week, we'll be taking a slightly different approach to the article and focusing on hardcore music instead, specifically hardcore music in the United Kingdom.

The history of hardcore in Great Britain dates back a long way, beginning with what would become known as the "UK82" scene (also called "No future punk" and "UK Hardcore" amongst other things,) which featured massively influential bands such as The Exploited and the socially concsious, Discharge, who were so influential that they had a sub-genre named after them called D-Beat (similar to hardcore, only even faster,) which featured other high quality British hardcore acts like The Varukers.

Discharge - "Never Again"

The Varukers - "Soldier Boy"

Today, hardcore is quite a different thing to what it was in the 1980s. The politics are still there, as is the overpowering aggression, but much like the hardcore scene in the United States, it's evolved with the times. This article will be focusing on three of the bands keeping hardcore strong in the United Kingdom.


Formed in 1996 in the English capital city (that's, London for those of you who've been under a rock for the last two weeks,) Knuckledust came together with the aim of helping out the heavy music scene in Britain, which, like many other metal and hardcore scenes across the world in the nineties, had fallen on hard times and was more a handful of groups than a collective. Thanks to their tireless efforts, Knuckledust soon found themselves opening for some of the biggest names in the genre such as Agnostic Front and Madball amongst several others and by the next year, they had released their first record, which quickly led to their first album deal with Blackfish Records, resulting in the "Time Won't Heal This..." album. The album did well in the U.K. and eventually they were able to receive licencing deals for the rest of Europe, as well as the United States. Knuckledust are currently sitting pretty at the top of the hardcore heap in Britain and will be releasing a new album entitled, "Bluffs, Lies and Alibis" on August 18th.

Knuckledust - "25 Years Dead"

Knuckledust - "Bluffs, Lies, Alibis"


Also hailing from London, TRC (The Revolution Continues) are one of the more interesting groups in the modern hardcore scene, owing to their blend of heavy music with UK hip-hop and Grime. Although formed around seven years ago, the band are now punching their way into the mainstream, having had their music played on BBC Radio, an appearance at the famous Download festival and being nominated for Best UK Band at the Golden Gods Awards. They have also created several music videos, all of which are eye catching and some (such as "H.A.T.E.R.S."), hilarious.

TRC - "H.A.T.E.R.S."

TRC - "#Team U.K"

Diablo 13

Another of the more unique acts around at the moment, Diablo 13 hail for the South Western town of Swindon and initially formed in 2005 under the name, Chokeslam. They quickly won over local music fans with their blistering live performances before changing their sound (and name) in 2007 when they became Diablo 13 and merged their old sound with Southern American music. The band are still one of the most exciting live acts in the South West of England are cureently working on new music for their next independent release.

Chokeslam - "Waste My Hate"

Diablo 13 - "Hate Brigade"

Diablo 13 - "Circo del Diablo"

What did you think of this week's bands? Please feel free to comment about your favorite bands in this article in the comments below, and check back in next Monday as we continue to unearth more underground metal bands.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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