Miami's 15 Best Hardcore Bands of All Time

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It's amazing how much the 305's had its hands in the perpetuation of established underground genres. Sure, Miami hasn't invented any of them, but her additions to the sound are as unique and weird as they come.

Now we look at the greatest hardcore punk acts that have called Miami home. Remember that Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs are not in Dade County, so check the area code before getting angry.

Here are Miami's 15 best hardcore bands of all time.

See also: Miami's 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time


15. Chocolate Grasshopper
Before he would be immortalized in the saccharine sarcophagus of Quit's melodic punk, Andre Serafini was part of the bearhead hardcore antics of Chocolate Grasshopper. Brent ended up in Radon and Ray has continued to live in South Florida and perform in different bands. He once kindly lent this scribe a pair of mic stands and some chords so that his show at the now defunct Gables Pub could go on! Some of the nicest dudes in South Florida's hardcore history.


14. Mehkago N.T.
Many things can be said about the short and incredibly destructive path that Harold, Dub, Miller, Bundee, Berny and Chris forged through South Florida. Did they blend metal and power violence with a no-holds-barred hardcore approach? Yes. Did they give a good goddamn about you? No. Did they set out and accomplish what their moniker cheekily hides in Español? Si, they fucking did.

See also: Miami's 50 Best Bands of All Time

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brad_mccrimmon
brad_mccrimmon

Man I must be old, I do not remember any of these bands! Wasn't Johnny Depp in a punk band in Miami?

Johnrambo
Johnrambo

For a long time I'm pretty sure tension was the only fl hardcore band. They played with culture a bunch. Culture were the primary act representing south fls total misinterpretation of the hardcore genre. I wasn't really under the impression most of these bands actually were familiar with the genre at all but just seemed to think the name "hardcore" sounded cool in a time where heavy metal had a reputation for being out of style.

I'm confidant new found glory and shai halud were probly the best and most relevant hardcore bands to come from south florida.

Johnrambo
Johnrambo

New found glory and shai halud were probly better hardcore bands than any of these cropped out and irrelevant metal acts.

Scott Saunders
Scott Saunders

Alex Leon, thoughts on the order of these bands?

dammit_mejia
dammit_mejia

I really hope this starts message board beef. 

Eddie Pollard
Eddie Pollard

Didn't realize we had a hardcore scene here! back when I was trying to join a band I couldnt find anyone playing that style =(

Frank Martinez
Frank Martinez

Jesus, if Glasseater can get together once a year to dust off old songs I'm sure you guys can do it too.

Randy Zuniga
Randy Zuniga

Adore Miridia reunion would be amaziiiiing

Jason Conord
Jason Conord

I wish I could remember how to play those songs

Frank Martinez
Frank Martinez

Alright, so when are we gonna put together a South Florida music fest with all of these bands?

Jason Conord
Jason Conord

I was the guitarist of promise no tomorrow I also played bass in adore miridia for a while .. Frank Martinez thanks for the mention

Jason Conord
Jason Conord

Morning again, culture, strongarm and tension are from the 954 not the 305

Anon
Anon

weak sauce

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez

No they rather name they're buddies bands.. Duh! You were alright till 7

Randy Zuniga
Randy Zuniga

Tyranny of shaw, adore miridia, where fear and weapons meet, dance floor justice, dead weight, shitstorm?

Phillip Cardona
Phillip Cardona

You could've mentioned tyranny of shaw or tunes for bears to dance to.

Citizen
Citizen

You are An EP by F is some of the best hardcore EVER, but you did forget Amazing Grace, (but that could be because you were just a toddler or not born yet haha..)

Citizen
Citizen

You are An EP is some of the best hardcore EVER, but you did forget Amazing Grace, (but that could be because you weren't around then haha)

punkrockjoel
punkrockjoel

Can't believe you don't have The Believers on there - They were like the Cro-mags/ 7 Seconds/ Youth of Today / of Miami in early 80's - Shame on the writer for missing this....

punkrockjoel
punkrockjoel

Can't believe you forgot about The Believers Miami's version of the Cro-mags / 7 Seconds / Youth Of Today/ NYHC from Miami in the 80's, shame on you. also there was this band the Young Americans too I think...


punkrockjoel
punkrockjoel

Can't believe you forgot about The Believers Miami's version of the Cro-mags / 7 Seconds / Youth Of Today/ NYHC from Miami in the 80's, shame on you. also there was this band the Young Americans too I think...


punkrockjoel
punkrockjoel

Can't believe you forgot about The Believers Miami's version of the Cro-mags / 7 Seconds / Youth Of Today/ NYHC from Miami in the 80's, shame on you. also there was this band the Young Americans too I think...


diediemydarling
diediemydarling

No Gorilla Pussy? The Panix? Eztorbo? Even FTN is more fitting than some of these.

The above put in their work.

PunkRockDan
PunkRockDan

@Citizen  Check out the 20 Best Punk Bands List, Amazing Grace is on that one.

daintron
daintron

@punkrockjoel  we (the believers) were from West Palm Beach. But served the greater South Florida region. –Dain

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