"this is the thunder running through your veins"
trance + gabba (not enough gabber) + self-empowerment pop = hardstyle
not so much positive hardcore as positive-thinking hardcore
he might be bald and he might use distorted kickdrums, but this man's soul is pure uncut Katy Perry
What's the obsession with thunder? is this some kind of Norse thing?
This dude is supposed to be the pioneer of H-style
It's like if Marc Acardipane = Motorhead or Sabbath, these dudes = Triumph or Survivor.
Some of the tunes in this set get a tad more interesting on the production front - skidding screeches, hysterical builds, a kind of serrated hygiene
With the "weekend warriors" Valhalla vibe, some of it reminds slightly of what I think they now call "power metal" - groups inspired by melodic metal from the Eighties.... Dio, Iron Maiden, that epic anthemic rousing sound, with galloping rhythms... boy's own stories of glory, an the emptying out of the blues traces in metal, a raunchless evacuation of sex too - even that basic phallic thrust sexuality - in favor of chaste adventurism.
Was right all those years ago to connect gabba with Nintendo etc
Superheroism as a cheap rousing high
That "No Guts No Glory" looks like Disneyland for slightly older kids
One tune in that Headhunterz set is titled "Dragonborn" - so yeah, very sword 'n' sorcery, Game of Thrones-y, and Iron Dream-y.
Sound is too bright, too clean, frictionless
And it's all super-melodic in a Euro-melodious way, as Spiro in the comments to "kicky and volky (hardcore, intellectualized" post says
Although here it reminds me less of folk and more of "The Final Countdown" / "Winds of Change" /"Life is Life" / "One Vision"
Now if there was yodelling in it i'd probably dig it more
Wait a minute...
The Auto-Tune on this one gives it a yodelly sheen and slide