Based in Dayton, OH, Twelve Tribes are among the numerous metalcore bands that came out of the Midwest in the late ‘90s. Twelve Tribes (whose influences have ranged from Zao to Slayer to Hatebreed) are anything but subtle; exemplifying metalcore's harsh, ferocious and downright punishing nature, the Ohio residents thrive on sensory assault. Twelve Tribes have, at times, incorporated rapping; they have also hinted at the screamo style and flirted with the extreme vocals/clean vocals contrast that screamo (which is also called post-hardcore or melodic hardcore) is known for. But more often than not, lead singer Adam Jackson favors tortured screaming over clean vocals--and at the end of the day, Twelve Tribes' work should be categorized as metalcore, not screamo. Stylistically, they have a lot more in common with Throwdown, Every Time I Die, Deadsoil, Rotten Sound and Himsa than they do with screamo units like From Autumn to Ashes, Nora and Motion Picture Demise.