The word “emo” is a pretty loaded one, when it comes to talking about music. A lot of people will recoil from the word, as if it were something contagious, spreading too-tight t-shirts and black hair dye to every teenager it comes across. A lot of this can be attributed to what was happening in the first decade of the millennium, when, following years toiling in the underground, bands like My Chemical Romance and AFI became genuinely huge mainstream phenomenons. It’s because of this that the term “skramz” came about, to identify “true” emo and screamo, that stemmed from the likes of Rites of Spring and Moss Icon, from its more, pop-punk-esque mainstream incarnation. Here, we’ll take a look at five of the best 90’s emo/screamo acts, that made music that’s much more intense and raw than anything that ever dared bother the mainstream.