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Noise For The Ages: Top Post-Hardcore Guitarists Through the Years

While it may not often be recognized by "mainstream listening audiences," post-hardcore is not a dead genre. Though its popularity has often waxed and waned throughout the years since its inception in the mid '80s, there are always great upstart bands keeping it alive. As of late, the genre has seen something of a big revival in the wake of two of its most important bands reuniting for Coachella performances, those bands being At the Drive-In and Refused.

One of the fundamental genetic make-ups of the genre is that one does not have to be the most technically proficient shredder in the world to be a great guitarist. Sometimes all it takes to influence an entire genre is a little charisma, a few power chords, some hammer-ons and pull-offs, and genuine emotion pouring through each note one plays. In other words, no matter how many notes he can play a second, Yngwie's got nothing on these guys. Because the genre is so vast and covers so many styles, it may be impossible to make a definitive list, but here are the post-hardcore guitarists I feel shaped their contemporaries and the future of the genre for years to come.

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Corey Deiterman