Horrorcore Magazine


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Horrorcore Magazine (print and digital issues available) gives you what you want… All the latest News, Updates, Music and Videos of artist emerging in the Horrorcore Genre. Horrorcore is a difficult music genre to understand for the average human being but needless to say the ones who listen to Horrorcore are far beyond average.

The Readers are Unique one-of-a-kind Individuals who represent a true passion for a dark side of life and music. They Support and carry the underground music scene in a way no other genre has, “Horrorcore” is a deep dark place in the underground and this magazine are the ones who represent it.

They not only give you The Latest Inside scoops on Horrorcore but also feed your need for other topics like: Conspiracies, Legalization, Tattoos, Underground Art, Movies, Books, and a Beautiful Horrorcore Queen… “Miss Horrorcore”!

So come be a part of an underground movement never to emerge until now “HORRORCORE MAGAZINE” and Feed Your NEED by clicking here!!

(The following was taken from Horrorcore Magazine’s website)

Horrorcore History –

Horrorcore Magazine started up in January 2013 by entrepreneur and Avid Horrorcore fan Kirk Chewning in hopes to open up the world of Horror based music for the world to see. Horrorcore Music is a taboo that most people don’t understand or care to try too. Horrorcore Magazine believes that the world has not seen the advancement in music and culture like we see in the underground today. They are here to spread the underground to new heights, bringing it to a level where avid Horror fans and can see what else the world has to offer besides PG-13 Horror Movies. They bring to light a new world to the public eye and millions of potential fans and listeners.

On April 24 2013 Horrorcore Magazine teamed up with Horrorcore Rap Star “MARS” owner of Mad Insanity Records and Red Planet Enterprises to again bring the Underground to another level. With Red Planet partnered with Horrorcore Magazine it has opened new opportunities to expand their growth and mass spread throughout the world.

Defining Horrorcore –

An ongoing battle for sometime now has been “What exactly is horrorcore music?” While peoples opinions on the matter are broad, the definition is fairly simple if you just look at what the word is made up of:

“Horror” + “Core” = Horrorcore

The dictionary defines “horror” as:

hor•ror Pronunciation Key (hôrr, hr-)

1. An intense, painful feeling of repugnance and fear. See Synonyms at fear.
2. Intense dislike; abhorrence.
3. A cause of horror.
4. Informal. Something unpleasant, ugly, or disagreeable:  ”
5. horrors Informal. Intense nervous depression or anxiety.

In a nutshell, horror draws on the basic human emotions such as fear, terror, and dread. Like watching a horror movie that is freakin’ you out and makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up or sends chills down your spine. It’s the same principle in music — the subject matter is supposed to be morbid, scary, and similar to stuff you would see in horror movies.

The dictionary defines “core” as:

core Pronunciation Key (kôr, kr)
1. The hard or fibrous central part of certain fruits, such as the apple or pear, containing the seeds.
2. The central or innermost part: the hard elastic core of a baseball; a rod with a hollow core.
3. The basic or most important part; the essence: a small core of dedicated supporters; the core of the problem.

Emphasis placed on 2 & 3. It basically states that it’s the center or the focus of. In this case, it means “horror” is the focus of the music. See how easily that fits together? Now here comes the tricky part:

Who actually came up with the word “horrorcore” is not exactly known, however the originator of the term is often accredited to the Flatlinerz. However, artists have been doing horror-rap as far back as the mid-80′s with artists such as Ganxsta Nip, Insane Poetry, and Esham – long before word horrorcore was coined.

The word “horrorcore” was made famous by both the Flatlinerz and Gravediggaz back in the early 90′s when they came on the scene with their debut albums “USA (Under Satan’s Authority)” and “6 Feet Deep.” Who would be the bigger group came down to a push and popularity contest between Wu-Tang Clan and Russel Simmons. The Flatlinerz were banking on the fact that Russel Simmons’ (at the time head of Def Jam records) nephew was the pointman for the Flatlinerz VS. RZA of Wu-Tang clan who was the top dog from the Gravediggaz. The popularity of the Wu-Tang Clan at this time was undeniable, so naturally the Gravediggaz were instantly in the limelight by piggy-backing onto the Wu-Tang fanbase. The Gravediggaz were all over Mtv and in hip-hop magazines. At that time horrorcore was thought to be “the next big thing” considering gangsta rap’s popularity was deteriorating quickly and the industry was looking for something new to catch the interest of hip-hop fans.

In the end, the whole horrorcore movement was not broadly accepted by the public. The Gravediggaz reached nominal fame, releasing 2 albums with RZA (1 album without), and eventually fell off the map. The Flatlinerz released only their debut album before Def Jam pulled the plug due to lackluster sales.

That particular period is where horrorcore gained mainstream attention and why so many people are familiar with the horror-rap sound today. Even today MTV will mention an artist as being “horrorcore” in their news segments. Emphasis on the word mainstream! The horrorcore world did not center around the Detroit area with Esham and ICP. Esham never managed to get well known outside of the midwest and ICP did not branch out into “somewhat” mainstream appeal until much later.

These days, horrorcore is not always referred to as rap music. The internet is filled with many websites that refer to gothic or dark metal as horrorcore as well. This is by no means incorrect because horror metal music does fall within the means of the horrorcore definition. The dispute of horrorcore being rap or metal is simply in the eyes of the fan. That’s why many people refer to it as “horror rap” or “horror metal” to be specific on what type of music it actually is. Just to reiterate, horrorcore can be just about ANYTHING, it does not have to be rap. Horrorcore is also taken to be a derivative of the word “hardcore” which is an ADJECTIVE not a NOUN. It’s simply a way to describe ANY form of music. Yes it originated with rap, but has since transitioned over into other genres.


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