Living in the end times, every band who ever played music and had ten fans is scrambling to get back together before it's too late. Or, at least before the gravy train stops and people get tired of nostalgia. That being said, we've seen some great ones make their return, especially in the post-hardcore genres.
Just in the past few years, we've been blessed with a return of At the Drive-In, Refused, Hot Snakes, the Jesus Lizard, Murder City Devils, Hot Water Music, and Quicksand. But there are still more we want to see, and these five need to hurry up and jump on the bandwagon while they still can.
5. From a Second Story Window From a Second Story Window started off playing a super-heavy mathcore style, but they expanded their sound to include elements of post-metal and progressive metal in their final album Conversations. They really came into their own with that album, and it's a shame that turned out to be the end for them.
Interestingly enough, the sound they pursued on Conversations was not far removed from today's djent movement in metalcore. Perhaps they called it a day just a minute too soon, and maybe now is the time for them to come back and show these youngsters how it's done.
4. From Autumn to Ashes From Autumn to Ashes are unfortunately forgotten among the myriad imitators of their style, but they were pioneers in the post-hardcore and metalcore genres, paving the way for so many who would streamline their musical formula into something commercially successful.
They fell apart after screamer Ben Perri left the band, keeping it together a short while longer with a different style that was ultimately pretty poorly received. Nevertheless, if they could get Perri back on board, it's a safe bet a reunion tour would be a big hit for these guys.
3. Fear Before the March of Flames Fear Before was a shapeshifting band that could never really be pinned down, but they mostly played around in worlds orbiting post-hardcore and metalcore. By their final record they had incorporated electronic influences and virtually phased out screaming, but their live shows toward the end were starting to show some signs of revisiting their heavier past.
Then they vanished. After years, they announced on Facebook that they didn't want to mislead fans any longer into thinking they were still working on new music. They were not, and it was over. Still, we hold out hope one day they'll regroup for another run.
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2. The Blood Brothers The high pitched Blood Brothers bridged the gap between post-hardcore, experimental rock, and indie rock of the early 2000s in a brilliant mish-mash of absolute fucking insanity. Their music was unpredictable and their lyrics were a mixture of intelligent wordplay with imagery out of Naked Lunch.
They split acrimoniously in 2007 and their membership divided down the middle between the bands Jaguar Love and Past Lives. Both have released some lukewarmly received albums since, but neither has approached the kind of amazing music they produced together.
1. Poison the Well Poison the Well practically defined metalcore with their seminal albums The Opposite of December and Tear from the Red. Then they turned way more introspective for You Come Before You and showed that the genre could spread its wings. The revolutionaries called a hiatus in 2009, but we all knew the truth: mommy and daddy were getting a divorce.
While their neverending hiatus has continued, we've heard not a peep from the former members save guitarist Derek Miller, who bailed for indie-rockers Sleigh Bells long before Poison the Well even ended. It's about time he and the rest of the guys put aside their differences and made this one happen.
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