Tuesday, January 5, 2010


D-beat (also known as Discore and kängpunk, in Sweden) is a style of hardcore punk developed in the early 1980s by imitators of Discharge, for whom the genre is named. Discharge may have themselves inherited the beat from Motörhead. The first such group was The Varukers. The vocal content of D-beat tends towards shouted slogans. The style is distinct from its predecessors by its minimal lyrical content and greater proximity to heavy metal. It is closely associated with crust punk, which is a heavier, more complex variation. D-beat bands typically have anti-war, anarchist messages and closely follow the bleak nuclear war imagery of 1980s anarcho-punk bands. The style was particularly popular in Sweden, and developed there by groups such as Anti Cimex, Mob 47, Driller Killer, , Wolfpack, No Security, Totalitär, Avskum, Skitsystem, and Disfear. Other D-beat groups include Disclose, from Japan; Crucifix, From Ashes Rise, Tragedy and Final Conflict, from the U.S.; Ratos de Porão, from Brazil; and MG15, from Spain.

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