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Digital hardcore is a type of music that derives from several other genres and grabs its roots from many styles including hardcore punk, industrial, jungle and several types of hardcore in general. Some bands incorporate types of hip-hop as well, like freestyle rap. Being a sub-genre of hardcore, it will grab the key elements, such as its speed, heaviness and mood.
It can use many different types of instruments, but the heavily distorted electric guitar is the most prominent one, giving it the "hard" feel in this music. Samples and synthesizers take on a just as important rule, giving it its "digital" feel. A bass guitar may be used, or the bass can be created with the synthesizer. The same applies with the drums, where it will typically be created with a drum machine, but an actual drum kit is sometimes used.
Lyrically, it will usually take on a political theme, supporting left-wing views. In opposition to right-wing views, a left-wing view supports social equality, meaning that regardless of social and financial status, people should all be treated the same way and have the same privileges as everyone else. Vocally, it's more common to scream the lyrics, rather than singing them, this is another defining quality of this music, giving it an "aggressive" tone.
Interestingly enough, the founder of this genre contacted me, telling me the real range of this genre can be either very slow or very fast, with a tempo ranging from 60 BPM all the way up to 240 BPM.
The term came into usage around the early 1990s in Berlin, Germany. The first band to create the unique sound under this genre was formed in 1992 and then set up a record label only two years later. During the mid-1990s, several other record labels started popping up around many different parts of the world. These locations include the United States, Australia, Paris, London, Hamburg and several other locations in Germany as well.
As of the 2000s, this music went from a local scene, based in Berlin, to an international underground hit, being used in films and events worldwide. Some artists even fused this style with grindcore, further defining its sound. While it's still mostly underground, it continues to grow and thrive as a genre.
Average Beats Per Minute: 60-240
Where It Originated: Berlin, Germany
Stylistically Similar To: Hardcore Punk, Industrial, Jungle
Year Developed: Early 1990s
General Hardcore - Back to the overview of hardcore.
4-Beat - Yes, it has four beats to the bar, along with other specifics.
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Breakbeat Hardcore - Hardcore breakbeats, influenced by techno and house music.
Darkcore - You won't be finding any happiness here.
Digital Hardcore - Fast, aggressive and full of attitude, these guys mean business.
Gabber - Be a Gabber for life and the Gabbers will welcome you with open beats.
Happy Hardcore - You won't be finding any darkness here.
Speedcore - It's fast, aggressive and angry. Perfectly fits into the hardcore puzzle.
UK Hardcore - Can you guess where this music comes from?
You are at digital hardcore.