Hardcore Techno is essentially the {{Darker and Edgier}} version of Techno, although some people argue that it has evolved into a separate genre of its own. It's generally a genre with a fast tempo, very powerful basses, and a preference for atonal samples and beats. The genre was inspired by the sinister and slow {{New Beat}} that was made in {{Belgium}} by [[Music/LordsOfAcid Praga Khan]] and others. Most of it comes from Western European countries like The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy and The UK; some comes from Japan. It had it's heyday in the mid to late nineties when the more commercial {{lighter and softer}} Happy Hardcore sound charted like crazy.

Like with all genres of electronic music, there's tons and tons of subgenres and artists (with numerous aliases).

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!!Subgenres:
* Speedcore
** Hardcore on steroids. 300 bpm is at the lower end, some songs top 1000 bpm. The bass drum can become so fast that it becomes a tone, and unless it's Japanese there are typically very few melodic or even musical elements. Example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA60u0sYZrY Moby - 1000]].
* Gabber (Oldskool and Nuskool)
** Fast tempos (150-200 bpm), distorted, pounding bass drum driven rhythm and use of the Roland Alpha Juno sound. During the nineties it used to be simple and straightforward, with the sole goal of making you go crazy; nowadays it is much more elaborate. If a song has lyrics, they are usually about violence, drugs, fights, police scuffles, samples from American rap and hip-hop, and use many swearwords. Western techno fans simply call it "hardcore" -- the "gabber" moniker is more common among fans of Japanese techno. Example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T84PtCh9Y18 DJ Paul Elstak - One day we kill em all]]
* Frenchcore
** Born in France, like gabber but a little bit less violent, faster (sometimes bordering on speedcore) and with a more "muffled" beat. Example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMaZLPSbqUc this 10-minute mix from Argentinian producer Round Wave Crusher]].
* Happy Hardcore
** The {{Lighter and Softer}} form. Still fast, but the bass drum is less pounding, the music is notably more "happy" sounding (uses major keys a lot), occasional use of piano, and vocals frequently sound like they have been inhaling helium, with lyrics about subjects such as love or partying. Example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgR4S1dSkVQ Blümchen - Boomerang]].
* Mákina
** Literally "machine" in [[XtremeKoolLetterz intentionally mispelled]] Spanish. A Spaniard genre of hardcore techno that sounds kinda like eurobeat mixed with hardcore. Example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHtgzZzELU8 kors k - SigSig]]
* Freeform/UK Hardcore
** Evolved from Happy Hardcore. A bit less childish, uses supersaw more, makes many remixes of pop songs.
* Darkcore/Terrorcore
** {{Darker and Edgier}} hardcore, basically. Faster (200+ bpm), more low pitched sounds, less melody.
* Noisecore/Industrial Hardcore
** Hardcore fused with noise music. Bass drum driven rhythm is still there, but there are few melodic elements, and harsh samples are frequent.
* Digital Hardcore
** Hardcore fused with Hardcore punk. Take Hardcore punk vocals and lyrics, and merge with Gabber instrumental elements.
* Hardstyle
** Like gabber, but slower, happier and more upbeat, with a cleaner and more "booming" sound. Usually begins with a rhythmic part, then a melodic part, then ends with another rhythmic part. Really loves the "hoover" sound; the lyrics are usually about drugs, sex and party. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td4C9p1fJ9M Showtek - Freak!]]
* Breakcore
** Hardcore that changes beat every 2-4 seconds, giving the sense of a jumbled yet coherent chaos. Usually takes rhythms from other genres. Example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWASUqM38-Y BOB the Builder - Words]]
* Schranz
** Hardcore with a very great emphasis on rhythm, usually with a very powerful, fast and very distorted rolling beat. Primarily German. Example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KZSyYGxf6M this live session from Fernanda Martins]].
* J-core
** Japanese hardcore techno, of any of the aforementioned genres, but usually with a greater emphasis on melody. Still a very much niche scene dominated by doujin circles who sell their stuff at Comiket, often features sound samples from anime. Also has influenced some foreign artists whose works can be perfectly classified as j-core despite not being Japanese, like Argentinian producer Shingo DJ. Examples: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgrChl3ur4U moro - ppppyyy]] (UK hardcore), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_Ta7zVzHLo RedOgre - Zelkova]] (speedcore), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBTvrcklI4o moro - A one of mathafucker]] (gabber), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XDI0v30h54 moro - akatsuki]] (hardstyle).
* Touhou j-core
** Basically, hardcore techno arranges of ''[[{{Videogame/Touhou}} Touhou Project]]'' songs. It has grown into a genre of itself due to the j-core scene being very largely underground, and due to Touhou's creator being OK with underground artists doing derivative works of his series. Their main distinguishing feature is a decidedly melodic sound, much more than other variants of hardcore techno, and being often performed an upbeat major key. Examples: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlyQjVdFCxc a gabber arrange of Sakuya's song]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFOZojxEZio a speedcore arrange of Yuuka's song]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekkdrcqIubA a hardstyle arrange of Kaguya's song]]..
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!!Notable Artists
[[index]]
* Music/AnnoyingRingtone
* Music/AtariTeenageRiot
* Music/{{Angerfist}}
* [[Music/{{Blumchen}} Blümchen]]
* [[Music/CharlyLownoiseAndMentalTheo Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo]]
* Music/DJKurara
* Music/DJSharpnel
* Music/{{Dune}}
* [[Music/FlammanAndAbraxas Flamman & Abraxas]]
* [[Music/ForceAndStyles Force & Styles]]
* Music/{{Gammer}}
* Music/{{goreshit}}
* Music/{{HACKD}}
* Music/{{Headhunterz}}
* Music/{{Hellfish}}
* Music/{{Hixxy}}
* Music/{{Igorrr}}
* Music/{{Imil}}
* Music/{{Korsakoff}}
* Music/MarcTrauner (Marc Acardipane, Mescalinum United, The Mover, Pilldriver, Marshall Masters and Resident E)
* Music/ManuleMalin
* m1dlet
* m1dy
* Miss K8
* Music/NasenBluten
* Music/{{Neophyte}}
* Music/PartyAnimals
* Music/PaulElstak
* Music/RotterdamTerrorCorps
* Music/{{Scooter}}
* Music/ScottBrown
* Music/{{Sharkey}}
* Music/ShingoDJ, alias Round Wave Crusher
* Music/{{Slipmatt}} (combines Happy Hardcore with {{Trance}})
* [[Music/SpeedcoreDave Speedcore Dave!]] (also simply known as Dave!)
* Music/TheSpeedFreak
* Music/{{Styles}} (also part of Force & Styles)
* [[Music/ThreeStepsAhead 3 Steps Ahead]]
* Music/VenetianSnares (Known for his chaotic breakcore tracks which abuse the AmenBreak to ludicrous extremes.)
* Music/{{Vinylgroover}} (known for the Happy Hardcore remake of ''Time After Time'')
* The various folks at Bemani, particularly for the ''{{Beatmania}}'' series - kors k / StripE, DJ Technorch, Sota Fujimori, LV.4...
* The various folks sold at Comiket and Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai conventions - Roughsketch, t+pazolite, [=REDALiCE / ALiCE'S EMOTION=], USAO, Spineliar, Cirwo, RedOgre...
[[/index]]
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