Primary Stylistic Influences:
+ {{Techno}}, New Beat
Secondary Stylistic Influences:
+ {{Industrial}}, HouseMusic, HarshNoise (sometimes), {{Trance}} and PopMusic (for Happy Hardcore, Makina and their derivatives), {{Dubstep}} (in the case of Crossbreed)

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 distinguishable from its parent genre by a faster tempo, very powerful bass, and a preference for atonal samples and beats. The genre was inspired by the sinister and slow New Beat that was made in UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}} by [[Music/LordsOfAcid Praga Khan]] and others. The genre originated from Western European countries like the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the UK, as well as occupying a very strong scene from Japan. Hardcore techno had its heyday in the mid to late nineties when the more commercial {{lighter and softer}} Happy Hardcore sound spread to popularity.

Like with many other genres of ElectronicMusic, there's many different kinds of subgenres and artists (with numerous aliases).


* Speedcore
** Hardcore on steroids. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Speed is the main emphasis for this subgenre]], with a tempo going 300 BPM at the lower end, and even as high as 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=aNQDCcqQu2Q Moby - 1000]].

* Gabber (Oldskool and Nuskool)
** With 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. When it has lyrics, they are usually nonsensical in old school gabber, whereas in nu-style they are often about drugs, fights, violence, police scuffles, often feature 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: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtjD0OhLrSw Bertocucci Feranzano - XTC Love]] (old school), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T84PtCh9Y18 DJ Paul Elstak - One day we kill em all]] (nu-style) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g4r8-UL7IQ NeLIME - Codename: Zero]] (nu-style but with old-style IndecipherableLyrics)

* Crossbreed
** A genre that can be best described as gabber with {{dubstep}}, usually noisier, slower and with a much greater emphasis on distorted basses. Usually sounds DarkerAndEdgier. Example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlXkPZct3pc this hour-and-a-quarter long crossbreed mix]].

* Frenchcore
** [[CaptainObvious Born in France]], Frenchcore is a lot 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 LighterAndSofter form. Still very fast, but the bass drum is less pounding, the music is notably more "happy" sounding (achieved through the use of major keys), occasional use of piano, and high pitched vocals that frequently sound like they have been inhaling helium, with lyrics about subjects such as love, partying or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs the love of partying.]] Example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgR4S1dSkVQ Blümchen - Boomerang]].

* Mákina
** Literally "machine" in [[XtremeKoolLetterz intentionally misspelled]] Spanish. A Spaniard genre of hardcore techno that sounds like a mixture of {{Eurobeat}} mixed with hardcore. Related to (but distinct from) Happy 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 synths more, makes many remixes of pop songs. {{Nightcore}} is a derivative of this and happy hardcore.

* Darkcore/Terrorcore
** {{Darker and Edgier}} hardcore, basically. Faster (200+ BPM), more low pitched sounds, and 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 HardcorePunk [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly by taking hardcore punk vocals and lyrics and merging it 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 partying. [[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, especially drum and bass. 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 rolling beat with scratchy, heavily distorted loops and precise drum fills in between song movements. Melodies are brief and repetitive, often consisting of mininalistic stabs (akin to big room house) or short but fast synth runs. Primarily German. Example: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KZSyYGxf6M this live session from Fernanda Martins]].

* J-core
** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Japanese hardcore techno]], usually with a greater emphasis on melody. Still a very much niche scene dominated by doujin circles who sell their stuff at Comiket, or indies composers who make music for rhythm games. 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: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI3C9qQlb1U xi - Freedom Dive]] (happy hardcore) [[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), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8HRTlkGD4Q siromaru + cranky - conflict]] (schranz), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zhG05LlROg LeaF - Calamity Fortune]] (happy hardcore/makina)

* 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 in 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]]..
!!Notable Artists
* Music/AnnoyingRingtone
* Music/AtariTeenageRiot (invented and popularized Digital Hardcore)
* Music/{{Angerfist}}
* [[Music/{{Blumchen}} Blümchen]]
* [[Music/CharlyLownoiseAndMentalTheo Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo]]
* Music/DJKurara
* Music/DJSharpnel
* Music/{{Dune}}
* [[Music/FlammanAndAbraxas Flamman & Abraxas]]
* Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas
* [[Music/ForceAndStyles Force & Styles]]
* Music/{{Gammer}}
* Music/{{goreshit}}
* Music/{{HACKD}}
* Music/{{Headhunterz}}
* Music/{{Hellfish}}
* Music/{{Hixxy}}
* Music/{{Igorrr}}
* Music/{{Imil}}
* Kayzo (mixes hardstyle with TrapMusic and dubstep)
* 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...