Bands/Musicians The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists  

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Mathcore artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good mathcore bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top mathcore bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Mathcore groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all mathcore bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest mathcore bands of all time, since the most famous mathcore artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best mathcore music.

You can click on the mathcore band names to see more information about that particular notable mathcore group. If they're near the top of the best mathcore artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top mathcore bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the mathcore band names themselves.

Everything from August Burns Red to The Dillinger Escape Plan is included on this list. Rank the best artists on the list to see them get to the top. Don't like Mudvayne or Meshuggah? Give them a thumbs down.

All important, significant and iconic names in mathcore music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new mathcore bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of mathcore, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into mathcore music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good mathcore bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent mathcore bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best mathcore bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest mathcore musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular mathcore bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

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118 37
Converge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

3
49 11
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Brandon Kellum added Chaotic Hardcore, Mathcore, Noise Punk

4
76 42
Protest the Hero is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Metalcore

5
64 34
The Fall of Troy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Mathcore, Rock music

6
72 41
Meshuggah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

7
68 39
Norma Jean is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Post-metal, Christian hardcore, Mathcore

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45 20
The Chariot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Mathcore, Experimental rock, Grunge

9
57 33
The Number Twelve Looks Like Y... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Experimental rock

10
53 33
Every Time I Die is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Rock music, Mathcore, Metalcore

11
42 26
Rolo Tomassi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Mathcore, Experimental rock, Progressive rock

12
32 23
PsyOpus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Technical death metal

13
34 26
The Locust is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Mathcore, Avant-garde music

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31 23
Sikth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Heavy metal

15
35 29
The Architects is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Mathcore

16
45 40
Born of Osiris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

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35 32
Dance Gavin Dance is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Mathcore, New Prog, Experimental rock

18
25 23
The Human Abstract is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Metalcore

19
29 28
Veil of Maya is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

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13 13
The Blood Brothers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Noise rock, Mathcore, Melodic hardcore

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13 14
Behold... The Arctopus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Heavy metal

22
18 20
Arsonists Get All the Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Deathcore, Mathcore, Metalcore

23
17 19
HeavyHeavyLowLow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Nintendocore, Dance-punk, Mathcore

24
16 18
The Bled is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Rock music, Mathcore, Metalcore

25
9 11
Cave In is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Rock music, Mathcore

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9 12
Fear Before the March of Flame... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Mathcore, Experimental rock, Metalcore

27
15 20
Walls of Jericho is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Thrash metal, Mathcore, Metalcore

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12 17
Letlive is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Mathcore, Emo, Experimental rock

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12 18
The Faceless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Melodic death metal

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6 12
Lye By Mistake is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Jazz fusion

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8 15
Misery Signals is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Metalcore

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5 12
Curl Up and Die is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Mathcore, Metalcore, Punk rock

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5 12
Thomas Erak is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Neo-progressive rock, Mathcore, Experimental rock

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4 11
Look What I Did is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Mathcore, Heavy metal

35
3 10
As the sun sets is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Mathcore, Grindcore

36
5 13
Creation Is Crucifixion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Mathcore, Metalcore, Heavy metal

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2 9
Seizures is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Cameron Miller added

It's entirely appropriate that the cover art of Seizures' The Sanity Universal features an image of a densely populated galaxy. An infinite system of stars, bound by interstellar gases, held in place by gravity - that most humbling of forces. Gaze at it for too long, lose yourself in the sheer scale of it, and you can almost feel yourself being crushed under the immense weight. It's a perfect allegory for Seizures' second LP; a stunning piece of work that is incredibly vast, totally overpowering and almost impossible to quantify. Originally independently released almost exactly one year ago to quiet but unanimously positive critical acclaim, Melotov Records have got their hands on it, applied a fresh lick of paint (remastering duties handled deftly by Chris Common) and put it out on vinyl for all to hear. Which puts it in the unique position of legitimately becoming my favourite record for the past two years running.

Seizures are that rare thing within metalcore; they are a band who require every inch of the running time that an LP provides. Listening to this record for the millionth time, I was thinking back to their split EP with Colombian Necktie (released on Sun Terrace Records back in 2012) and wondering why their tracks there didn't quite hit the spot. It's because Seizures have ideas that are too big to contain. They're a band who work best when spread out over a large canvas; their music given room to breathe, expand and unfold. They create an incredible sense of cohesion, where each track feels like it's a small part of a larger puzzle. By comparison, you couldn't try and write out the Stefan–Boltzmann law onto a postage stamp and hope to make sense of it, could you?

So, Seizures are intensely mathematical. Try to successfully plot a map of any given song, like some musical cartographer, and you'll often come up short. The tracks on The Sanity Universal are never predictable. Never heading in a direction you expect. An incredible feat in itself, considering that Seizures operate within a genre so rife with cliche. And unlike the often cold, clinical, mechanical angles of The Dillinger Escape Plan or the blistering brutality of older Californian influences (think early Eighteen Visions back when they were full of venom and wild energy), Seizures feel like they have an honest, tender and tortured soul buried beneath the layers of bewildering noise. It pokes through often; sometimes in brief glimpses, like the shimmering blanket of melancholy that settles momentarily in 'Channeler', while other times it dominates. 'Kansas' is a head-spinning cacophony of violence, with a crushing slo-mo beatdown to really get your knuckles dragging, but it's anchored by a mid-point burst of heart-swelling melody (with Cameron Miller's vocals never dipping below 'feral roar') that feels so pure and so life affirming that the catharsis it provides the listener is almost greater than any deafening outburst.

Similarly, the majestic, serene outro to 'Ante Meridiem' is the soundtrack to being adrift in space, slowly floating off into the eternal void of the universe as you watch Earth shrink into the distance, an odd sense of calm descending over you as your oxygen runs out. It's quite beautiful. And crushing. With not a distorted guitar in sight.

They also use these quiet moments to unsettle and disarm. The opening section of 'It Looked Like A Fire' carries with it a sense of dread and impending sorrow which calls to mind post-rock monoliths Mogwai. That it eventually evolves into a song of such thunderous carnage and finishes with perhaps the heaviest moment on the record, as a wall of reverberating guitar noise drones behind frantic chugs and manic screams, is further testament to their ability to create songs that constantly surprise.

Elsewhere, when operating at full speed, they create white-knuckle blurs of aural insanity. 'The Draper Project', where a little repetition is used to great effect, and 'Dreamsnake', featuring a glittering beatdown and queasy lead guitar, have more ideas packed into their combined 8 minute running time than most bands could come up with over a whole career.

A year after I first heard it, and after listening to it a bare minimum of once a week since, I'm still discovering new things. Little pockets of inspiration secreted away behind towering riffs. Sparks of ideas that burst into life before they're snuffed out to give way to new ones. The Sanity Universal is a dense and confusing record, sometimes hitting like a brick, other times soothing you with a calming hand. It's an undeniably oblique tapestry but one delivered with such an incredible precision that it feels as though Seizures are guiding you through it every step of the way. Giving you just enough lead to lose yourself among the cosmos before reeling you back into safety. And then doing it all over again.

- Gav Russell

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4 12
+\- is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Experimental, Math-n-roll, Rock music

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4 12
The Sawtooth Grin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

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6 15
Found Dead Hanging is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore, Metalcore

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3 11
Drowningman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Mathcore, Emo, Screamo

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3 11
Embrace the End is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Deathcore, Mathcore, Metalcore

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3 11
Dance Club Massacre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Symphonic black metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

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6 20
Haste The Day is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Christian hardcore, Mathcore, Metalcore

45
13 33
Emmure is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Nu metal, Deathcore, Mathcore

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1 9
Cutting Pink with Knives is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Mathcore, Electronic music

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1 9
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Ilua Pugovkin added mathcore, chaotic hardcore - Math based hardcore project from Belarus. Links https://vk.com/newdaynewmathproblem
https://www.facebook.com/newdaynewmathproblem/ https://newdaynewmathproblem.bandcamp.com/

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2 14
Eighteen Visions is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Deathcore, Rock music, Straight edge

49
1 11
Nerv is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
Progressive metal, Mathcore

50
0 6
Divorcee is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mathcore Bands/Artists
tim-holloway added Mathcore, Widdle