Originally Posted by Agni [Vandal]
They all have their places...Darkstep is like a more brutal form of Hardstep, darker, more ambient in some respects. They have genres like Militarystep/Dubcore. Grant it they are little bit more distinguishable though. Like Military uses a lot of snares in a general repetitive drumming motion, orchestrated like a marching step.
Anyway, Darkstep uses the amen break and the firefight break more prominently than Techstep/Hardstep/Neuro. It comes from Techstep though, whereas Neuro relies on science fiction soundscape and really clean production. Darkstep brings back elements of darkcore-like horror movie soundtracks or vocal snippets, overdistorted techstep basslines and industrial soundscapes. The rhythms are usually more complex and heavier than in Neuro. Quite often the snare is metallic and ringing, creating a dissonant feel.
that's pretty well described.... I guess from what I can tell by listening to Darkstep, it generally tends to have like a never-ending distorted synth/bassline (its hard to describe it)... but it seems to have it more than Techstep and Neurofunk.
and then I feel that Techstep, compared to Neuro, has more of the "industrial" percussions/snares, and heavier bassdrums, but the synths/bass almost sound like Neuro in a way, like I can only distinguish Techstep by its drums/percussions...