melodic hardcore means: This is one form of hardcore punk, but it’s not as aggressive or violent like traditional hardcore. It has a much more melodic sound than old-school hardcore. Although it is often replaced by emo, the lyrics may prove otherwise. It is generally hardcore singing, punk guitar, rhythm, and many other melodies. Bands: Rise Against and Strike Anywhere – Rex Banner, Waterweed, etc. (in Community Dictionary, added by Esoterica)