Hardcore is a subgenre of electronic dance music that originated in the Netherlands from the emergent raves/gabber in the 1990s.  Its subgenres are usually distinguished from other electronic dance music genres by faster tempos (160 to 200 BPM or more), the intensity of the hard kicks and the synthesized bass (in some subgenres),  the rhythm and the atmosphere of the themes (sometimes violent), the usage of saturation and experimentation close to that of industrial dance music. Hardcore ultimately gave rise to Hardstyle which borrowed its dark nature and intense hard kicks but added a compressed kick drum sound, a short vocal sample, a screech and the use of a "reverse bass", which can be heard on the offbeat after each kick. Screeches created a dark atmosphere promoting the same mindset as hardcore of " just lose your mind ". Hardstyle also slowed the BPM down to 140-150 (135 - 160 ).

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