Ron D. Core

Decibels of Destruction

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They've got to be kidding, right? Somewhere on the road of too many late nights and bad drugs, the smiley rave face stepped on a land mine, exploding onto the cover of America's most notable hardcore DJs. Although this style of music is usually thought to be found only in the Netherlands and Wisconsin (electronic music distribution is weird), Ron D. Core hails from southern California, and he plays the most absurdly fast (over 200 bpm) hardcore, or gabber, you're likely to find on CD. Song titles like "Sledgehammer" and "E-Man" pretty much describe the sensation. Music to pound away at drug-addled flesh. But listen for more than a few seconds, which is all the unbeknownst listener can usually bear, and a twisted logic starts to show through the impossibly fast kick drum and comically dark vocal breaks. It's almost relaxing. Like a high-intensity shower massager against your temple. Once your body is loosened up, you might even find a half-note beat you can nod your head too. You could make the same argument of disenfranchisement and troubled youth for Decibels of Destruction that you could make for any Slayer album. But it doesn't feel quite right worrying about social woes when there's a track called "Lardcore." Quite simply, Ron D. Core has taken techno music to its most illogical conclusion, and it should make you crack a smile.

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