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Welcome to Violence

Drum 'n' bass struggles with dominance and identity like two drunk cousins in a bar brawl. Samples "grind" and drums "slam" from the skewed, menacing shadows, splattering carnal consternation like arcs of blood across a cutaway of zombie carnage. Surrender to the law of the junglist and next thing you know, you're four minutes and 36 seconds into the aural equivalent of a full-contact turf war. Welcome to Violence, the U.S.-based label/compilation of drum 'n' bass producers Hive, Gridlok, Echo and Keaton, mixes viscous, viral bass with subtle emotional nuance.

Four out of five blogging gang-bangers agree: California-based Violence competes with only New York's Offshore Recordings in 2005's fracas for Stateside drum 'n' bass supremacy. Violence favors jazzy tech-step and rugged neuro(g-)funk with the wide-swept anxiety of darting searchlight helicopters. Violence rolls along with all the giddiness of an an-archaic John Carpenter dysto-ploitation flick, such as the blunt while exhilarating Escape from L.A. or They Live, reveling in propulsive, almost mercenary volatility. Those looking for pitch- and hell-bent stormers need look no further.

Hive spins at the Mark Thurs., Dec. 22, 10 p.m. Also appearing are Vicious Circle, Riot Squad and D:RC. Men, $10; ladies, free. 79 Poplar St. 678-904-0050. www.themarkatlanta.com.

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