PRINT April 1997


Digital Hardcore

New extremes of superfast, high-energy cacophony are the m.o. on the Berlin label DIGITAL HARDCORE, whose house style combines harsh, discordant genres like Japanese noise, gabba, and grindcore, then laces them with jungle’s speedy drum breaks, hip-hop scratches, and politicized punk lyrics. In Digital Hardcore bands like Atari Teenage Riot, Ec8or (pronounced Eee-cator), and Shizuo, young techno punks distill potent brews from high points on their favorite records, then double the speed in machine-gun bursts of distorted riffs and shuddering beats—with lyrics shouted in English with all the vigor of Minor Threat.

A fine example is Ec8or’s single “Cocaine Ducks.” A screeching guitar spits out speed-metal riffs over a thunderous bass while a teen girl’s Germanic voice hollers: “We are pissed. We must resist, to show that we exist.” The flip side features “Raving Hypospadie,” its aggressive

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.