musical journey pt5 / 41-50

It's time to leave all the jolly breakcore tracks behind, focusing on some grittier sounds. Last week we had our fun with mangled pop songs and raging breakcore, this week we're going to slow things down, but only just a little. Bring on part 5 of the music list 100, already marking the halfway point.

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For reference, here are links to the previous parts of the list: 01-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40

This week's list will take a lengthy stroll past the early darkcore experiments, mixing industrial sounds with techno influences and straight hardcore rhythms. From there on we'll keep with the darker sounds for just a little longer as we descend into the harder trance/club regions.

  1. 041. Nosferatu - Unpredictable

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    This track is about all about *oomph*, *ngggg* and *bang*. Simple and boldly straightforward, lightning fast and banging all the way through. Extremely pleasant hardcore track.

  2. 042. Sandy Warez - The World Of Noise

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    Putting distortion where it belongs, Warez is a very solid entry in the Schranz genre, bringing distorted hardcore and techno a step or two closer together.

  3. 043. Void Settler - Gnomes Tinker With Time (Hellfish Rmx)

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    Hellfish meets Void Settler. A dream team of experimental darkcore, though in the end it's really Hellfish's sound that wins the battle. Great cut, paste and break hardcore with a good solid punch to it.

  4. 044. Armageddon Project - Morning Star

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    The early highpoint of the darkcore revival. Trippy, bouncy and highly energetic hardcore, bringing a more complex and rhythmically challenged sound to a deceased genre.

  5. 045. N-Vitral - Opticunt

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    N-Vitral rose together with the darkcore revival, though he was never really a part of it. Dark, pounding and revved hardcore sounds with streaks of pure industrial shining through.

  6. 046. DJ Hellfish & The DJ Producer - A Journey Of Force

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    The true innovators of the second hardcore revolution, bringing their UK sound to a broader audience. A duo that mixes hiphop, industrial, broken beats and techno with a solid dose of hardcore to create their unique sound.

  7. 047. Catscan - Demonic Speed

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    Keeping with the grungy techno influences, Catscan brings bleepy, shrieky, deflated hardcore tracks with a good layer of distortion and melodic background waves. It might sound lifeless at first, but it sure isn't.

  8. 048. Labyrinth - Demise Of The Living/Departure Of The Dead

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    A Void Settler side project that crosses over into so many electronic sub genres that it becomes really hard to define. There are equal amounts of hardcore, IDM and trance in here, mixed to a unique flavor of its own.

  9. 049. V-Two - Progressive Future

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    A little diversion for Airwave, acclaimed Belgian trance DJ. Awesome progressive trance track, pounding beats and great melodies. And representing the crossover to a more club/trance-oriented section of the list.

  10. 050. Aquaplex Meets Junk Project - Brightness

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    Pumping trance/club classic, carrying a darker and harder sound than usual, but bearing all the other qualities of a solid but accessible dancefloor banger.

will be continued

And that's about it for this week. Next up is a trip around the inner circles of the club and trance scene, taking us all the way back to the early 90's.