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Stylistic origins: hardcore punk, indie rock
Cultural origins: mid 1980s Washington, DC
Typical instruments: Guitar - Bass - Drums - Synthesizer
Mainstream popularity: Sporadically through the 1980s and '90s, growing in the early 2000s
Emocore - Hardcore emo - Emo violence - Screamo - Emotional metalcore
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Emo Violence or "Emoviolence", also related to screamo and Hardcore Emo, is a subgenre of music that evolved from Hardcore in the early 1990s, primarily in the Southeast of the United States - Florida in particular, (this can be seen on the Southeast Hardcore, Fuck Yeah!! compilation). This form of music uses vocals pushed past the point of normal sound by yelling and screaming, with occasional spoken words or singing. Emo Violence is often poorly recorded to give it a foggy, low-fidelity sound. Although just as loud as Grindcore, it ends up being much less technical and dark sounding than Napalm Death or as crunchy and angular as Pig Destroyer.

Emo Violence is the direct link from Emo to Screamo through reprocessing of influences. The term was originally coined by the group In/Humanity as a joke in reference to their own band and friend's bands Palatka and End of the Century Party. The tongue-in-cheek genre descriptor was a play on other meaningless genre descriptors of the time: (namely emo and powerviolence). In/Humanity claims that the phrase actually comes from the song "Emotional Violence" by the funk group Cameo (band).



The term Emo Violence was originally created by the band In/Humanity as a joke. Chris Bickel, the band's front man, took the name from the Cameo album "Emotional Violence", the usage itself an ironically joking play on the term power violence, as used to describe bands like Infest, Man Is The Bastard and Spazz. The term then began to be used to refer to other bands in the southeast that played a similar style such as Palatka and End of the Century Party (whose split 7" is perhaps the quintiessential emo violence record). Although the term became more commonplace in the underground hardcore scene, it was always seen as a tongue-in-cheek description, but was used by bands who wanted to separate themselves from emotive hardcore and hated the term "screamo." Bands who play emo violence today (in the EOTCP/Palatka sense of of the genre) are few and far between - Those who claim the genre usually have have little similarity to its founding fathers.


The major difference between Emo Violence and Screamo is the chaos element. Whereas most Screamo albums are meant to be well produced, tight, coherent and less than dissonant, Emo Violence tends to forsake that for a more raw, unpolished aggressive sound. Emo Violence bands tend to claim bands from the late 70's, early 80's hardcore punk movement as their influences. Screamo bands tend to claim other screamo bands and Emo Violence bands as their influences.

Unlike screamo or emo, there have been no 'waves' of emo violence. As mentioned previously, very few bands have continued the sound that Palatka, EOTCP and In/Humanity were famous for. Screamo bands like Orchid and Jerome's Dream are often incorrectly placed in the genre.

Notable Artists

End of the Century Party
The South

Notable Records

In/Humanity - 'Occultonomy' 7" (Contains the song 'Emo Violence Generation') (Old Glory)
In/Humanity - 'Your Future Lies Smoldering At The Feet Of The Robots' 7" (Various Labels)
In/Humanity - 'The Nutty Antichrist' LP (Passive Fist)
Eurich - s/t 7" (Fragil)
Palatka/Asshole Parade - 'Network of Friends' Split LP (Coalition Records)
Palatka - 'The End of Irony...' One Sided LP (No Idea)
The End of The Century Party - 'Isn't It Perfectly Fucking Delightful...' LP (Belladonna)
The End of The Century Party/Palakta - 'Florida Colloboration Split' 7" (Kurt and Jason)
The End of The Century Party - 'Songs, Dances and Drums' 7" (Enslaved)
The South - 'Sick Pits Bro Sesh' 7" (Dead Tank Records)
V/A - 'Fragil Comp #1' 7" - Songs by... Palatka, Eurich, EOTCP & Prevail. (Fragil)
V/A - 'Southeast Hardcore, Fuck Yeah! 7" - Songs by... Palatka, Eurich, EOTCP, In/Humanity, Asshole Parade & Ansojuan (Kurt and Jason)

Discograpy CD's are available from Eurich, The End of The Century Party and In/Humanity. Palatka swore never to put anything onto CD. Although 625 Records repressed the 'Possessed To Skate' compilation onto the format, something which label owner Max Ward regrets.

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