All That Remains

By Maxime WeberLex Kleren

In the late 2000s/early 2010s, a young and dedicated DIY scene that merged metal with hardcore punk flourished in the Grand Duchy. We talked to musicians who started out during that time to find out what made this often overlooked era of Luxembourgish music history so remarkable – and what remains of it today.

Recently, the perception of the 2000s as some sort of ‘cultural void’ with no distinctive features has begun to shift. Especially the music of that era is now being reappraised as groundbreaking  This is mostly due to the fact that it was a time where many genre boundaries were torn down – which wasn’t as widely accepted as a practice back then as it is nowadays. One of the best examples for this is the metalcore genre. While the roots of this hybrid genre that combines extreme metal with hardcore punk can already be traced back to the 80s and 90s, it only started to gain global popularity in the mid-2000s with bands like Bring Me the Horizon, Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying and many others.

The success of the genre during that time inspired young musicians all around the world to launch metalcore bands as well. Luxembourg was no exception to this. The First Wave of Luxembourgish metalcore started in the mid- to late-2000s and included bands like Everwaiting Serenade (founded in 2005), Black Out Beauty (2006), Miles To Perdition (2007), and Falling Promises (2008). Around the turn of the decade, the ongoing popularity of these bands and global rise of the Deathcore subgenre – an offshoot of metalcore that introduced death metal elements into the music – spawned a Second Wave of countless new groups like We Knew John Doe (2010), Kill The Innocent (2010), Inhuman Rampage (2010), Arkaeon (2011) Order of the Oceans (2011) and Awakening the Seasons (2012). In the mid-2010s, the Luxembourgish branch of the subculture suddenly began to decline, though. Most groups became inactive, and less and less concerts were organised, until the once thriving local metalcore community all but vanished.

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