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Hard Trance

Hard trance is the natural progression of trance music merging gabber, techno and trance, and originated in Europe, mainly Belgium, Germany and Holland in the mid 1990s.

Hard trance is synonymous with hard and strong kicks with resonant bass ala gabber and usual trance synth riffs to give it the signature trance sound.  Melody is around 130-150 and is mainly instrumental as vocalisation of the songs gives it a more uplifting warmer sound.  It has since evolved and is now mainly a dead genre form, overtaken by genres such as Hardstyle and Jumpstyle.

Hard trance saw a lot of commercial success in the late 1990s with productions from the likes of Cosmic Gate and Technikal achieving commercial success with Hard trance.

 

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Speedcore

Speedcore is a hybrid form of techno and hardcore that is characterised by a very high BPM and features violent or aggressive themes.  The genre rarely goes under 300 BPM, the speed of the beats being the very definition of the genre.

Speedcore has never gained any real popular following, being given a kind of cult status, but it is relatively popular in The Netherlands and Germany.

Speedcore contains very highly distorted bass hits and snares, with horror movie or similar samples being played in the background often time stretched to give a scream a more drawn out, sadistic feel.

 

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Hardstyle

Hardstyle originates from Holland in the late 1990s, and takes its influences from hard trance, gabber, and hard house.  These 3 styles blended together makes Hardstyles signature sound.

Hardstyle is recognised as having a highly compressed kick drum, and a reverse bass that is on the offbeat, approximately 140 BPM.  It also utilises short vocal (usually female) samples, and early forms of Hardstyle were very similar to techno.  During the mid 2000s it becale slightly more melodic using more trance-like riffs and synths.

The most famous part of Hardstyle is the way of dancing to it.  Becoming extremely popular in The Netherlands, its  almost like a shuffle, where the moves are done to the exact beat shown here:

 

 

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