• Thursday Ten: Blastbeats

    29 Jan 2009, 22:26 by amodelofcontrol

    Moved from Tuesday for this week only, and with good reason - thanks to the original light-hearted suggestion by music blogger Erich Keller, it's Blastbeat Celebration Day today. This got coverage even in the Guardian, and it's probably no coincidence that the new issue of Terrorizer - who were the ones who originally championed Keller's idea - out today has a Grindcore special (and have Napalm Death on the cover).

    So anyway, to note today, here are ten great songs that feature Blastbeats. For those of you that don't know, though, first, what is a blastbeat? The Wiki helpfully explains:
    "the blast-beat generally comprises a repeated, sixteenth-note figure played at a very fast tempo, and divided uniformly among the kick 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"Needless to say, few of the tracks featured pass by at less than light speed - and indeed in at least one case…