When it comes to describing themselves, Burning Skies say that they are a deathcore band hailing from Bristol, United Kingdom. They garner a lot of respect for themselves in the metal scene, and they do very well for themselves both locally and internationally.
As much as they say they are deathcore and metalcore, they have extended their metal tentacles to other subs of this genre. They have done thrash, death metal, grindcore, hardcore and even some black metal.
But, what is the history of deathcore? Why does Burning Skies describe themselves as one?
Simply put, deathcore music originated from death metal music being played by mallcore musicians. They were deriving their inspiration from the hardcore music of the 1980s. In other words, deathcore music takes from decades before it.
In the first phase, deathcore took from melodeath which was the in thing in the late 90s and early 00s. There were bands such as Darkest Hour, The Black Dahlia Murder and Unearth that typically fell under the description of being deathcore. What differed with this phase of deathcore was that it was pretty uncool to play such music at that time.
Phase two was all about brutal death which was a cusp of death metal and hardcore. In the middle of the 00s saw the reawakening of deathcore and its appeal. This was the emergence of bands such as Job For A Cowboy, Impending Doom and Suicide Silence who were entertaining in this era.
The third and final face was where we are at now. There is a determined transition of deathcore happening now, and it is inevitable. They are borrowing a leaf from bands that were popular in 2000 and 2001 such as Meshuggah and Origin.
Burning Skies are from the phase one era, the early 00s. Their riffs and breakdowns can attest to that entirely. They have done a pretty decent job, and it will not be long when their greatness gets emulated.