Make your own hardcore top 10

on the discogs hardcore forum, there was a thread titled "Make Your Own Hardcore Top 10".
the idea was: if you had to introduce hardcore to a person that has no clue about this sound yet; which ten tracks, or records, or whatever, would you choose?
the results were very interesting, as they showed hardcore from very different perspectives; the experimental, the mainstyle stuff, the classic stuff... and everyone has their own take on what defines hardcore for him.
these are the entries of this thread so far:


1. Marshall Masters - I like It Loud - not once there was a moment I didn't wild the fuck out to this

2. Gabber tracks with all emphasis on what I call "bass play". Most of these tracks have pretty minimalistic approach to melody: forget the "music" just mess around with beats'n'kicks.
Remixes by Buzz Fuzz - Name of the DJ, No Newstyle, Pessa Pessa, Boriqua Bitch, The Dreamer, Horror...
DJ Sim - Simbiosis, Promo - Beat Ya Brain, Chosen Few - Chosen Paradise, Name of DJ, Viper & Mad-E-Fact - The Beatz The Suckerz Wish They Had......

3. Terrordrome IX CD2 (German Gabba) - My first true speedcore release. Could not have asked for a better one. Might as well add every track from Terrordrome series by E-605, BSE DJ Team and Bakalla to the list.

4. Omar Santana - Hardcore For The Headstrong (vol.1) mix. Omar's best mix imho.

5. All 3 mixed cds by RON D. CORE (superb terror/speedcore track selection and always 100% real awesome mixing)

6. TIEUM - New Collision (see my review on it)

7. 90's Industrial Strength. DOA, UVC, Delta 9, DJ Skinhead, Tamper Tantrum, DJ Narotic, FUHD..... I know that's a lot of artists here but in reality they all played the same "style".

8. Nasenbluten - Shaftman, Cunt Face, Cocksucker, Anna Wood, Concrete Compressor, Fuck The Politics, Rotterdam Takes It Up The Arse, Machette.....

9. Hardcore/Drum'n'Bass/Dubstep crossovers even when there's barely any -909core - TOA, PRSPCT, PRSPCT TXRM (btw beat/drop on Hellfish's Face Remover is out of this fucking world!!), Switch Technique, Forbidden Society, Gancher & Ruin...


Utopia Project - Industrial Strength
Where The Angels Fear To Tred - Deathchant
Fuck Your S Off - VHU
Guyvner - Mokum
I Get The Coke - Industrial Strength
Corridors - Praxis
Aggroman - Close Your Eyes
Dirthy Vinyl 2000 Mix
Jacksons Nightmare - Bull Records
Bountyhunter - Whoomps


1 - Mesacalinum United: "We Have Arrived" : easy one. The track that is often designed as the first Hardcore tune. Still oving it and still shaking my head while I hear this.
2 - The Mover & Rave Creator : "Atmos-Fear" : another easy one. Another Marc Acardipane one. THE definition of a classic tune. Everybody knows and have danced to this one. Sometimes several times a night.
3 - Miro : "Shining" : Couldn't think of a TOP10 without any Miro tune. Definitely one of my favourite artist, probably more than Acardipane himself. It was hard to pick one tune over the others I love. Could have picked his "Purple Moon" one or one of his Stickhead or Jack Lucifer's one. Damned. This guy is a genius. Too bad he stopped producing Hardcore nowadays.
4 - Nasenbluten : "Intellectual Killer" : Another tough choice. If I'd go for a TOP10 records instead of a TOP10 tracks I would have chosen the "100% No Soul Guaranted" 2x12" on Industiral Strength. But as a single track, "Intellectual Killer" is probably my favourite one from those guys.
5 - Chosen Few : "Name Of The DJ" : OK, another impossible task : choose only 1 track from NL Hardcore to includ in your TOP10... Despite becoming a huge commercial scene I now dislike, the Netherlands are definitely THE land of Hardcore. So many interesting stuff from such a "small" country is amazing. I could have picked a track from the old Neophyte on Rotterdam Records such as "Right Now" or "Back In my Brain", or a Gizmo tune like "Guestlist" or "End of the Begenning", or a Ruffneck tune, or... damned, impossible to just pick one!
6 - Ingler : "Riot" : As a french guy, french Hardcore had a huge influence on me. For me, the master here is Laurent Hô aka Ingler. No competition! His labels Epiteth and UW were so forwardthinking. That's a pity the guys who took them away finally ruined all that work. I could also have selected is "Low Stacks" tune from PTH15 as well. Or others too. I love his music!
7 - Rules Of Anger : "Miss Sweat T-Shirt" : A Lasse Steen track. Of course! Same as above, I could have picked another one as Skullblower or as Senical. So many aliases, so many awesome tunes. I had to pick one. So I took one I have in my collection. Too bad he also stopped producing Hardcore. I miss his inimitable relentless style. Totally sick music that devours your brain!
8 - DJ Freak : "Hammerhouse" : Talking about relentless crazy stuff that devours your mind, impossible no to pick a DJ freak tune. The choice was though as well with his Storm Records releases as well as the "Industrial Trauma" and the "Heavy Metal Poisoning" EPs. Just incredible music!
9 - Sunjammer : "Everything" : Maybe a pick that some of you will find debatable. But I must admit I LOVE Sunjammer's music. The intro of that "Everything" tune always gives me goosebumps. So does his HCCB02 12" as well and the HCCB04 too.
10 - Lord Lloigor : "Ray Of Darkness" : A speedcore one to finish. God, I would kill for that record ha ha! Goosebumps guaranteed and a pure shot of adrenaline eveytime I hear it. Damned, why didn't I bought this one when it was still available, WHY??!!


1: Stormtrooper - Diabolus Ex Machina
2: Fiend - Bassdrum Destroyer
3: The Teknoist & Johnty Warrior - Chop Your Chin
4: The Teknoist & Scheme Boy - That Intergalactic Track
5: The Teknoist - Techno Exorcism
6: The Speed Freak - Do You Comprehend?
7: Hellfish & P.E. - Sack The Terminator
8: Undead Roniin - Mutated Core
9: Deathmachine - The 5th Mutation
10: Detest - Madball (The Dj Producers Derranged Ball Rmx)


Nitrogen - words of god (Best track ever - always use as ring tone for handy)
DJ Gizmo - The end of beginning (probably best from Dreamteam)
DJ Promo - Cold as stone (I like a lot of Sebastian tracks, hard to choose one)
Knightvision - Who is it (Probaly best from ruffneck production)
3 Steps Ahead - Hardcore (RIP Peter - its already 13 years :-( this week)
Napalm 5 - vouck (unbelievable speedcore track, Martin must have a top 10 track)
P.C.P - The Phuture (Acardipane must be there)
Menace II Society - The Path Of Hell (awesome drums)
Evil Activities - Nobody Said It Was Easy (nice melody)
Angerfist - Temple Of Disease (Tha Playah Remix) (something fresh)


1. Pain Alliance - Pain Killer
2. Knightvision - Knight Of Visions
3. Nordcore G.M.B.H. – Planet Hartcore
4. Diplomat - Tantalum Cones
5. Zenith - Flowers Of Intelligence
6. Dj Skinhead - Extreme Terror (Simon Underground & Max Death Kick & Stab Rmx)
7. Skullblower - Smaek Den Smarte
8. Aggroman - Starcore
9. The Berzerker - Once Upon A Cross
10. Da Predator - Knuckleheadz


Hellfish...Hardcore Body Harvest
Diss Reaction....Jieehaaa
DJ Freak...Never been to Brooklyn
Delta 9....Who not intoHardcore
Chosen Few...The Break
Body Lotion...Fuck Martina
Wendy Milan...Kurt killed by the bass
Mastervibe...The power of the herb
DJ Hektek..A professional funkin thief


1 mescalinum United we have arrived
2 zenith flowers of intelligence
3 inferno brothers slaves to the rave
4 lenny dee forgotten moments
5 r wagner listened carefully
6 bearded acid warrior's of peace nimrod
7 low entropy emerald sky's
8 miro purple moon
9 strychnine utopia project
10 rave creator wake up


Dolphin - Requiem For A Samurai
Ophidian - The Middle Children
Promo- Falling Away
Neophyte - None Of Ya Left
The Mover - Track Two
Negative A - Rock Hard
Hellfish & Producer - No More Rock 'n' Roll
Traffik - Charged
The Destroyer - Arcade Xperience
Zenith - A Tear In Heart


F.U.H.D. - I Learned To Believe
Bomb 20 - Lory vs Bomb 20
The Berzerker - Final Sacrifyce
Acid Enema - Creation (Blackened Death Rmx)
Mike Ink & The Chain Of Brotherhood - Lovely Ugly Brutal World
Stickhead & Don Demon - Demonhead
Nihil Fist - Think & Destroy
Zombieflesheater - Antibreaks
Liza N Eliaz - I Don't Wanna Say
Alec Empire - Hetzjagd Auf Nazis


Gabba Front Berlin - ArXaGxDax [SON 01] ... those emotions
Liza N Eliaz - I Don't Wanna Say [UWe 103] ... again those emotions
Mescalinum United - Jupiter Union [ PCP 962] ... those kicks hits at 3.45 and again at 5.38
Radium - HLM Industries [Epiteth Rec. 012]
Rave Creator - Thru Eternal Fog [Cold Rush Records 4] ... those spheres
Senical - Untitled [Trackless #6] ...Korrekte atmosphere at both tunes
Xasverion - Torture... Does anyone remember Hell Terror Rec. which was active at the very beginning of this millenium, circa 2000?. This one was a very effective terror tune.
Zekt - Explorers [Hart Trackz 006] Witnessed that this is very effective at big raves back then.
Bakalla - Short Controlled Bursts
Rage Reset - Bunker [Bloody Fist 07] An Australian duo really managed to reflect Bunker's concrete atmosphere correctly in this tune. Big up to them!


Myztic - All that she wants (1995: oldest in my list, happy hardcore from Nosferatu)
Angerfist - Riot starter (I got a wonderful nostalgic feeling when listening to this one)
Ophidian - Angel (one of the most emotional hc tracks, is best with intro from the Betrayed by daylight CD)
Hellsystem - Salvation (serious synths, serious beats)
Advanced dealers - Now or never (the proof that trancecore is not dead yet)
Stormtrooper - A500 (this track brings me to another era, one that I cannot relate to anything in real life)
Radium - Renegade return (for me the classic frenchore track)
Hellfish - Bring on the hurricane pain (nice turntable action by Deathchant)
Moleculez - M-pire (this whole track sounds and feels dark, nice example of darkcore)
Gabba Front Bertlin - A man who looked like me v2.1 (perfect use of glitch)


Mescalinum United - We Have Arrived
The Mover - Frontal Sickness Part II
Cold Rush 7
Stickhead - Slaughterhouse ep
Promo - File 2
Disintegrator - Dark Black Ominous Clouds
Euromasters - Alles Naar De Kloote
DJ ESP - The Earthworm Sings
Fast Identities vs. Aversity - Coloured Fraud Vol. 1
Somatic Responses - Passages EP


DJ Gizmo - End Of The Beginning
Hardsequencer - Noise Is The Message (Remix)
RMB - The Place To Be
The Speed Freak - Body Hammer
PCP - The Phuture
Miro - Shining
Dr. Macabre - Poltergeist
Meagashira - Through Inner Core
DJ Hidden - Times Like These VIP
Ophidian - Abandon


1. Nasenbluten - Cuntface
Newcastle is a suburban paradise that is 800 very, very long kilometres south of Brisbane. It's best known for its steelworks, rock bands like The Screaming Jets and Silverchair and the inconsistent Newcastle Knights. Amongst all of this was three frustrated guys who wanted to strap on the steel capped boots and kick some heads in, musically speaking. After repeated kicks to the head, somebody took notice, his name was Leonardo Didesiderio and he ran an obscure little record label called Industrial Strength. Meeting Nasenbluten at a gig in Sydney, Leonardo asked if they would like to submit some tracks for a release on Industrial Strength. They eventually clobbered together enough material and IS030 was born. Despite 100% No Soul Guaranteed, its has a fuck load of energy, intensity and raw anger in musical form. All the tracks are good, but Cuntface is the stand out for me. The name itself is eye catching, in Australia if you call someone a cuntface, you really don't like them! With a blunt square wave kickdrum underpinning the track, samples of Sydney DJ, Nik Fish (I've met Nik, he's actually a nice bloke), Kylie Minogue (I haven't met her), some very unhappy men, distorted guitar riff, ladies and gentlemen, this is glorious 8-bit mono. The second half of the track goes chaotic as the track gets faster and faster (I had never heard a track do that before), it set a standard for Industrial Hardcore and the emerging Speedcore scene. I know Mark N isn't keen on talking about the track, but its the best thing to come out of an Amiga. Made In Australia.

2. Beyonder - The Wish
My favourite sub-genre of Hardcore is the 1994-1997 Gabber sound with its tearing Alpha Juno riffs, head nodding 808 kickdrums and interesting samples. Most tracks were either called Hardcore Motherfucker, Motherfucking Hardcore or Hard Motherfucking Core. Ruffneck Records is probably the best example of this style. However an incredibly talent artist from Amsterdam beat Ruffneck at their own game. His name is Michel Klaassen. Michel was signed to another well known label called Mokum and released several good records under the name Tellurian. Teaming up with Hellraiser Records, he set up his own label called Cenobite Records. Oh my god, every release on Cenobite was amazing, the quality in production was a notch above everybody else in the scene, the record covers were cool and all those Horror movie samples, perfect. The crowning glory however was when Michel and his underrated friend Rodney Balai produced the label's 2nd release, The Wish. With an ominous intro from The Outer Limits and a sampled kickdrum from Mokum label mates, Flamman and Abraxas, The Wish is an orgy of stunning Alpha Juno synth riffs and acid 303's, its almost like Psy Trance and Hardcore coming together. Michel has stated that this is the best track he ever wrote, he's wrong, its the best Gabber track ever.

3. Jones and Stephenson - The First Rebirth
België. Belgique. Belgium's contribution to electronic music is very important, the first music group I liked was from Belgium: Technotronic! Belgium produced many artists and labels that shaped a variety of genres including Hardcore Gabber. Probably the most well known record label from Belgium is the almighty Bonzai Records. Concentrating on Trance, it dabbled in everything from Techno to Hardcore. Two of the artists on Bonzai was Frank Sels and David Brant, they wrote music together under the name Jones and Stephenson and just so happened to write one of the most beautiful examples of music. Strictly speaking The First Rebirth is Hard Trance, the fact that it was so successful in the Hardcore scene is an achievement in itself. It's six minutes of sheer epicness (is that a word?), everytime a DJ plays the intro of The First Rebirth, its usually accompanied with applause, smiles and the hair on the back of your neck standing up. 23 years later and it still sounds amazing. Well done Belgium.

4. Bass Reaction - Technophobia (Power Mix)
Let's talk about Happy Hardcore. Scott Brown is arguably the most prolific and most popular Hardcore DJ/Producer for the last 20 odd years. That's not bad for somebody from (What's It Called?) Cumbernauld, Scotland. Not only is he still the number one artist in Happy Hardcore but he was also was one of the very few artists to have success in the Dutch Hardcore scene, creating popular Gabber tracks from the three big cities in Holland: Den Haag (Combined Forces), Amsterdam (Mokum) and Rotterdam (Terror Traxx and Forze). Twenty years ago, Scott Brown single handedly created a sub-genre of Hardcore called Bouncy Techno. Bouncy Techno is Scotland's far superior version of UK Happy Hardcore and I loved it! Taking uplifting Casio synth riffs and a hard Rotterdam Schoppen Trommel, it became huge in Scotland and Northern England and eventually went all around the world. Technophobia is the perfect example of Bouncy Techno, written by Scott "The Highest Jump" Brown and Ryan Campbell, the main riff being: simple, effective, uplifting and slightly cheesy. A nice hard kickdrum giving the track its bounciness, a more serious riff in the middle and an infectious sample which I try to say everytime I hear the track. It's sad that Bouncy Techno died in Scotland in the late 90's, but Scott is still playing old school Rez/Early Hardcore sets and always plays Technophobia. Scott is the nicest international DJ I've met and is an exceptionally good beer drinker!

5. Dr. Macabre - Poltergeist
Let's talk about Darkcore. Both Darkcore and Doomcore are difficult genres to get into. Needless to say, your girlfriend won't like it. However if you ever wanted to ease your girlfriend into Darkcore, play Poltergeist, written and produced by a French guy in a scary hockey mask. You can watch as your girlfriend enjoys the most deceptive introduction to a track and watch her face change when that kick and vividly scary snyth takes over. This track has so many scary sounds it should be in a soundtrack to a Horror movie. It is actually quite surprising that a track so dark did so well in the Dutch Hardcore scene. Maybe this was part of the rejection of Happy Hardcore and hearing Highlander's Hold Me Now. Also the track is very slow and I believe it inspired the Newstyle Hardcore that slowed down the bpm's of Gabber. When he takes the mask off he is known as Guillaume Leroux, proof that France has good Hardcore artists and don't all make sleep inducing Frenchcore. Released on one of legendary Marc Acardipane's labels, Poltergeist is beautifully dark and something you and your girlfriend can share together.

6. Tha Playah - On The Edge
On The Edge is the best Hardcore track in this decade, so far. I can hear all the TOA fanboys typing me hate messages. Tha Playah is Jim Hermsen, he is DJ Neophyte's cousin and has released consistently good solid records on Neophyte Records. Alongside Third Movement and Enzyme Records, Neophyte Records established a fantastic Hardcore scene for the 21st century after it almost died out in the late 90's. However from 2009, I had noticed a gradual change in the music and it's still happening. I just don't like a lot of the tracks that have come out in the last 5 years, I'm slowly becoming a complaining old man. Out of the blue, Tha Playah drops this track in 2011, an amazing melodic mainstream Hardcore track. Most people have mentioned how its eeriely similar to 3 Steps Ahead - Drop It. The intros both have long softly spoken dialogue from a movie and both have sweeping catchy melodies. The melodies in On The Edge are almost orchestal, just when I thought Ophidian's Butterfly VIP couldn't be topped. Everytime I play this track at a party, everybody loves it. Interestingly Tha Playah hasn't written anything remotely as good since 2011, lightening in a bottle? Also check out the B-side track, Clockwork, an excellent remix of Cygnus X - The Orange Theme.

7. Mescalinum United - We Have Arrived
Nuff said.

8. Bang The Future - Atomik Lullaby
Probably the most obscure track in the list, let me explain. In the mid 90's several UK Happy Hardcore artists were becoming increasingly bored with the music and its ultra cheesy trajectory. One of these artists was Billy "Daniel" Bunter. The story goes that Billy and Rob Vanden met on a flight from Switzerland (I think) and wanted to start a crazy label that had everything from Trance to Gabber. Billy was into the harder stuff and Rob was more into Trance and Techno, thus GBT Records was born. On the second release you'll find a pretty cheesy Happy Hardcore track, but if you flip the record over you'll find something completely different. Atomik Lullaby was a combination of genres that GBT was inspired from and would replicate effectively over the next two years. German Hard Trance, Gabber, uplifting (not cheesy) Hardcore, a touch of Techno and possibly Hard House. There's an intense throbbing (giggity) throughout the track, its almost hypnotic. The breakdown is soooo lush, some of the hi hats sound like a military marching band. This is possibly the first Trancecore (yep that is what they called this genre) track and shortly after a number of producers came out of the woodwork: DJ Fury, Helix, Tekno Dred, Citadel Of Kaos, DJ (Kevin) Energy and most famously DJ MC Sharkey. Both Sharkey and Hixxy were signed to React in 1996 and produced the now famous Bonkers CDs. Although Hixxy's cheesefests pushed the music to new audiences, Sharkey's mixes were the highlight of these CDs. Surprisingly good mixing and 70 odd minutes of truly extraordinary music. Trancecore died off in the late 90's and Billy Bunter was playing Hard House, however it was resurrected by Sharkey and Kevin Energy and given a new name: Freeform.

9. Chosen Few - Name Of The DJ
If there was ever one track that defined Hardcore, Name Of The DJ would be it. It was written by another Amsterdam artist from Mokum, Francois Prijt. It famously samples the introduction to Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic which is located in the middle of Side A on my favourite album of all time, Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. That sample was my original reason for liking Name Of The DJ, I was pleasantly surprised that this new music I was falling in love with was sampling my other love in music, Hip Hop. The other aspect of Name Of The DJ is the rhythmic filtered kickdrums that float around the track, at the time it sounded brilliant and brand new, but Marc Acardipane did it first on Pitch-Hiker, I told you he was legendary. The track was made in the middle of the Happy Hardcore era, and has very slight overtones of that style. When people do these Top 10 Hardcore lists Name Of The DJ usually always appears, a trend that I have now contributed to. PS: The Buzz Fuzz remix is AWESOME!

10. Epsilon - No Try
No Try is a phrase used in Rugby League, it also happens to be the best Breakcore track ever written. In the years after Cuntface, many things happened at Bloody Fist, including: Pink records, demolition derbys, driving around Newcastle on SBS TV in a black balaclava screaming "getafuckindogupya", headaches and forcing artists into religion. :) But musically Bloody Fist was going in interesting directions, most notably, Breakcore. New century, new artists, one of which was Brendon Brooks. Brendon has a very unique take on Hardcore and Breakcore, his first release Extol.Nihil is a perfect example of this. My personal favourite is Resident Evil. With the label shutting down, Mark N decided that the final vinyl would be a sexy picture disc and contain two tracks, Aftermath - Parting Shot, a fucking awesome speedcore track indicative of Bloody Fist's earlier Hardcore material and Epsilon's No Try, indicative of where the label was going in the mid 2000s. Breakcore is a chaotic and faster version of Drum and Bass, so the drum patterns in No Try are intense. There's a lovely 80's computer game style intro, dancing on top of the hyper accelerated breakbeats is a sad piano type of melody, it really adds to the mood of the track. In the middle, there's a refreshing Hip Hop breakdown, you've probably heard Mark N doing some intricate scratches at this point. The track ends hauntingly and so does Bloody Fist as a label. This is the beautiful end.




1. They LiveLong - Something Big
2. Lt D'amato - sounds of frustration
3. X-Buzz - Overload
4. Gizmo - Tested
5. C-Tank - Nightmares are reality
6. Spy (john selway) - Bloodstrike
7. Darkraver - Direction of fear pt.1
8. Buzz Fuzz - D-leria
9. Tumor - Tumult
10. Dreamteam - Thunderdome


Malaria - Deviance Mentale
G-Shock Demons (Promo Remix)
Diplomat - Brainwave
Armageddon Project - From The Ashes
Geoff Da Chef - Incomplete...
Miro - The Shining
Fist Of Fury - The Exorcist
The Outside Agency - Pure Darkness
Ophidian - Pepperspray
Enzyme X - Rauwkost


Promo - Phreak Ya Speaka
Mescalinum United - We Have Arrived
Ophidian - Butterfly
Wedlock - Evolution Theory
Holy Noise - The Nightmare
Diplomat - Tantalum Cones
Buzz Fuzz - D-Leria
Chosen Few - Name Of The DJ
Armageddon Project - Spawn Of Misanthropy
Nasenbluten - Blows T' The Nose


1. DJ Choose - B1 [Punctual Areas]
2. DJ Choose - Operational Affairs
3. Agro - Undisputed Truth
4. Mescaline United - We Have Arrived
5. Epsilon - Killmonkey Eatmonkey
6. X-103 - Eruption
7. Mike Dred- Helta Skelta
8. Ophidian - Disrespected Intervention
9. The Mover - [The Final Sickness]
10. Zekt- It's Goodbye


Asylum - Hardcore Asylum
Sorcerer - Summer
Pinhead - Slammin Beatz
Rob Gee, Charly Lownoise, Mental Theo, Repete - Riot In N.Y.
Dano - Welcome To The Thunderdome
C-Tank - Nightmares Are Reality
Fuckin Hostile - Fuckin Hostile (Disintegrator Remix)
Scarface - I'll Take You All To Fuckin' Hell
Leviathan - We'll Tear Your Soul Apart
Braindead - Braindead


10. Cybermouse - Bodypack 95
09. Eradicator - Agit Prop Lp
08. Reign Presents Hall - Hall Ep
07. Senical - Dark Domestic Temper
06. Society Of Unknowns - Society Of Unknowns Ep
05. E-Man - Xtc Express
04. Somatic Responses - Passage Ep
03. Erase Head - Dome Ep
02. Mouse - Necrophage Ep
01. Taciturne - 6 Fragmente In Der Chronologie Des Wahnsinns

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