Doomcore

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomcore

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“Doomcore – Specific microgenre of downtempo darkcore. Characterized by reverb, basslines, eerie synth pads and a brooding atmosphere reflecting melancholy and apocalyptic expectations.”
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Let’s just start by saying what this one little page is NOT about, as there are at least three distinctly separate styles of music that have gone by the name “Doomcore”.

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Firstly there was a very, very early type of drum and bass. As far as i know this didn’t last very long and if you can dig some of it up now then by today’s standards it’ll probably sound like chilled out breaks. Possibly even just slightly dark ambient music.

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Secondly, just as there are many bands now playing “Deathcore” (death metal with hardcore punk touches) there is at least one band that i have found who describe their music as doomcore. But they mean doom METAL mixed with hard-core punk. Effectively sludge/stoner in the vein of Crowbar or Down.

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But what i want to talk about here is DOOMCORE-GABBA. I’ve only been put on to this in the last couple of years, by a friend i know from both the dance music and death metal nights and festivals i go to. It’s basically the nastiness and aggression of gabba (vicious and speeded up bastard son of techno), with plenty of horror movie samples and eerie synth pads. But it’s often stripped down, and usually slowed down to somewhere near 130BPM. And about 150BPM is the fastest i’ve heard. This 2nd speed is around what techno often is. And any faster and it is probably just straight forward gabba.

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Now before you say what everyone else does: “Well slowed down gabba? That’s just techno then innit?” NO! It’s darker and more atmospheric than that. But why struggle with descriptions when I can just throw in a couple of good examples? Though it has to be said that the first track here is not a typical Doomcore tune. But the rest are.

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I don’t mind a bit of “normal” gabba, if you can ever call any type of gabba normal. And i also love some mental break-core. But this stuff is just different again. It’s simplicity and all round basic-ness (there’s quite a bit somewhere that was made on just an old Amiga pc) is exactly what appeals to me. That, and how fucking evil it can be without resorting to speed.

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You see, being a fan of extreme metal, i like my blast-beats played by humans. Anyone can tell a drum machine or some software to play at 300BPM+ or whatever. But to hear it done WELL check out bands like Nile, Cryptopsy, Braindrill, Necrophagist etc. But let the machines do what they were originally made for. Things that are to monotonous for a human drummer to play, but that can still be part of a great overall sound.

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I suppose i should at this point mention The Berzerker who writes his entire death metal albums on a laptop. Having seen him twice the live musicians he gets to play the tunes for real are phenomenal. So let’s not get bogged down with exactitude.

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This is a Soundcloud account that i’ve started to focus mainly on following doomcore / darkcore and industrial hardcore.

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http://soundcloud.com/doomy_22

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And a Google Plus community…

https://plus.google.com/communities/117373490410638505889

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Some of these next links will probably wander into darkcore (very similar), dark ambient, “normal” gabba, and even speedcore. But still worth checking out.

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http://antistatic.bandcamp.com/album/various-doomed-nation-2102

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http://www.youtube.com/user/AnTrax798/featured

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http://www.youtube.com/user/Raum107/featured
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http://www.mixcloud.com/groups/the-black-box/
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http://www.myspace.com/posthumerecords
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http://lsdb.eu/list/artist/17139/patrickg88.html

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http://www.myspace.com/darksidehellfire
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http://www.mixcloud.com/tag/doomcore/
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http://www.youtube.com/user/fifthera
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http://harder-louder.com/tag/doomcore/
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http://www.mixcloud.com/PatrickG88/
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http://www.mixcloud.com/Raum_107/
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http://www.mixcloud.com/AnTraxid/
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http://www.thehardstoremp3.com/
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http://soundcloud.com/fifth-era
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http://soundcloud.com/raum107
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http://soundcloud.com/antraxid
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http://antraxid-official.de.to/
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www.doomraver.com
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http://l5d.nl/se21480
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