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Grindcore

GRINDCORE (1987-present)

GrindcoreGrindcore is an extreme genre of music that originated in the early to mid-1980s. It draws inspiration from some of the most abrasive-sounding genres – including Hardcore Punk, Thrash Metal, Crust Punk, Industrial and Noise Rock. Grindcore is characterized by a noise-filled sound that uses heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, grinding overdriven bass, high speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consist of growls and high-pitched shrieks. Early groups like Napalm Death are credited with laying the groundwork for the style. It is most prevalent today in North America and Europe, with popular contributors such as Brutal Truth and Nasum. Lyrical themes range from a primary focus on social and political concerns, to gory subject matter and black humor...

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Gravity Roll

GRAVITY ROLL

Gravity RollIn drumming, a Gravity Roll is a percussion technique. It is performed by resting the shaft of the drumstick on the rim of the snare drum, while holding the butt. The hand is moved up and down, causing the head of the stick to strike the drum’s head once per stroke and the shaft of the drumstick will strike the rim of the drum on the way down (similar to a seesaw). The spot on the drumstick varies, as this technique requires considerable forearm precision. It helps to press down fairly hard and also following a slow to fast to slow pattern in order to gain more control. Although its origin is unknown, this technique is believed to have been used by jazz drummers such as Buddy Rich in the past.

The Gravity Roll can also be extended into a Gravity Blast, where bass drum and cymb...

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Blast Beat

BLAST BEAT

A Blast Beat is a drum beat that originated in Death Metal, and is often associated with Extreme Metal and Grindcore. It is utilised by many different styles of Metal. In Adam MacGregor’s definition, “the blast-beat generally comprises a repeated, sixteenth-note figure played at a very fast tempo, and divided uniformly among the bass drum, snare and ride, crash or hi-hat cymbal.” Blast beats have been described as, “maniacal percussive explosions, less about rhythm per se than sheer sonic violence”.

History

Blast BeatThe English band Napalm Death coined the term “Blast Beat”, though this style of drumming had previously been practiced by others. Daniel Ekeroth argues that the blast beat was first performed by the Swedish group Asocial on their 1982 demo. D.R.I...

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