Guitarists from six of the hottest metal and hardcore bands on the planet—including Dillinger Escape Plan, Baroness, and Funeral for a Friend—sit down with Premier Guitar to discuss the state of metal and hardcore in 2014.

Ever since prehistoric humans began chanting, clapping, banging on logs, and blowing into bone flutes, music has been an outlet. Regardless of era, origin, skill level, or instruments used, rhythms and melodies have always been a means of expressing joy and sorrow, a way to supplicate. Primitive or modern, the aural arts have served to rally, unify, and commiserate.

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