Category Archives: digicore

v/a * Digital As Fuck v1.1 (cd 2002 digicore far east)

Digicore Far East is a label and webzine from Singapore that so far has only released two Digital As Fuck compilations, but has a nice distro in the field of digital hardcore and other extreme electronics. Since the term “digital hardcore” refers a bit too much to a label, I like the term “digicore” better. Particularly when you think of it that there is digi(tal hard)core outside Germany and the label of Alec Empire it would be strange to raise another suggestion. So let me impress you with the following: besides Alec Empire himself, there are only two German acts on this compilation. Fortunately most tracks sound a lot better than what I hear from Digital Hardcore Recordings recently. Alec Empire also discovered this and released the compilation “Don’t Fuck With Us” with American digicore (reviewed here when I get it). Anyway, the projects on this compilation come from Germany and the USA, but also from the UK, Switserland, Japan, the Czech Republic, the Phillipines, Singapore, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia and South Africa. Speaking of an international compilation, eh? Musically it all pretty much sticks to the digi(tal hard)core sound, but I find it more refreshing than the German sound that mostly slided down to fast sampled breakbeats with always the same samples and screaming chicks. There are a few of these tracks here as well, but also tracks with a more original sound. Surprisingly enough I like most of the tracks, which is really a compliment to the compiler of this cd. (Of course) I didn’t know most of the projects here, actually only Empire and Hyperdriver (see elsewhere).
To those who don’t know what to expect, digicore is a very extreme form of ‘techno’. Not danceble because it’s way too filled/busy for that and too many changes of rhythm (I often find this rather irritating). The sound is often very industrial and noisy with crazy samples. A few tracks here seem to be metal made with computers, rather strange! Several tracks are also darker than I am used to of this kind of music.
All in all a great digicore compilation for those who want to hear something else than the German sound.

v/a * Digital Hardcore – Harder Than The Rest (cd 1995 digital hardcore recordings)

When Atari Teenage Riot assaulted the hitcharts and festivals, digital hardcore had a short peak and the word “digital hardcore” was in the mouth and on the pages of everyone and everything in the music press. Personally I think that Atari Teenage Riot is almost the most boring DHR act, but he, you can’t have everything! When the novelty of ATR was gone, but band lost popularity and also did digital hardcore music. It seems that the scene never really grew much outside the Berlin (ger) region and nowadays you have to search for cds and don’t even have to think about concerts/parties/whatever when you don’t live in Berlin. This is sad, because digital hardcore has left it’s traces, but it seems that a band not on the label, cannot be part of the scene, so nowadays you have a few small scenes with extreme techno.
Anyway, this was the first DHR compilation with almost only great tracks. Back then they mostly were very original and refreshing and the bands hardly sounded alike. ATR themselves are on it, but also Alec Empire alone, Hannin Elias alone, Ec8or, Sonic Subjunkies, Schizuo and Christoph de Babalon. The last contributed two brilliant, but not very extreme drum and bass tracks and later released two not too great cds. Further bands that never really came further than the DHR compilations: Killout Thrash and DJ Bleed.
As said, most tracks are great and this compilation is definately THE digital hardcore classic.

v/a * Digital Hardcore – Riot Zone (cd 1997 digital hardcore recordings)

When this compilation was released, digital hardcore was already on it’s return. Except a few high-flyers this compilation completely stands in the shadow of it’s predecessor. Of course again with Atari Teenage Riot, Alec Empire, Hannin Elias, Ec8or (two brilliant tracks), Schizuo and Christoph de Babalon. This time also Patric C. (the male half of Ec8or), Bomb 20 and DJ Mowgly. I never again heard of the last two.

v/a * Don’t F**k With Us (3cd 2002 digital hardcore recordings)

This is a new compilation on DHR with 35 American bands and 66 tracks in total. Alec Empire came to the conclusion that Berlin is no longer the digital hardcore onderground capital, but the energy moved to America where labels such as D-Thrash release more interesting material than his own DHR. Personally I think the American digicore isn’t much better than the German of nowadays. Also a chaotic mix of samples and rhythms without much rhythm and with screaming vocals. A new ‘trend’ in America seems to be some sort of hysterical metal made on a computer. Here and there is a nice track, but most of the 66 tracks are just average or not even that. There are other digicore compilations from different parts of the world (see elsewhere) that are more interesting. Shamefully DHR is by far not an as interesting label as it was 5 years ago, not even when they release material from aligned scenes.

v/a * No More Rock And Roll (cd 2001 make some noise)

Actually this is a compilation with the idea that I had for these pages. Extreme techno from different scenes on one disc. However the line-up is very interesting, the result is less interesting. There are digital hardcore bands to be found, like Bomb20, Atari Teenage Riot, Cobra Killer. also there are more ‘serious’ techno acts like Hellfish, 2nd Gen and Kid606. Then a bunch of bands that I didn’t know. Unfortunately the digital hardcore bands’ contributions confirmed my idea that this scene has a lack of inspiration. It is still sampled breakbeats and a lot of unnecessary experimentalism like it got just after the hype began. By far the best tracks are those of the three mentioned ‘serious’ techno acts, which are all three quite hard, actually harder than the rest! In general it all isn’t too extreme.
The idea is there, but it could have been so much better.