"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 emptying out of the blues base residue in metal, the raunchless evacuation of sex too - even that crude phallic-pelvic 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
Wait a minute...
"Children's entertainment" as per Alan Kirby
One tune in that Headhunterz set is titled "Dragonborn" - so yeah, very sword 'n' sorcery, Game of Thrones-y, and Iron Dream-y.
"Dragonblood unites us all" - a rally cry at this hardstyle festival Defqon - which is nomadic between the Nederlands, Chile and Australia.
The relentless triumphalism - the density of "up!" words in the lyrics - the crescendo upon crescendo - the sterile sturm und drang of the sound - it all adds up to a sort of Red Bull / Irn Bru Energy vision of fascism
Hmmm this lot seem unwholesome
Them and all
Back on the amusement park for bigger kids angle, the baroque arpeggiated stab-patterns go up up up and down down and up up up - very much like a Big Dipper type rollercoaster
That same mix of extreme exhilaration and total control - a thrill-ride to which you are subjected, trapped inside.
Soars galore, peaks and plummets.
Sound is too bright, too clean, frictionless
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
vistas of Edam-colored faces
a recent commenter to the "kicky and volky, hardcore intellectualized" post argues that hardstyle is "pure" music, enjoyed for its own sake, devoid of reference to external reality - and that attempts to analyse it ideologically are impositions from outside...
but (putting aside for now the counter-point that the idea of "pure" or non-referential art/entertainment is itself an ideological construct, hardly devoid of real-world implications or consequences), even a cursory glance across the hardstyle spectrum reveals the opposite - the music and the subculture is draped and threaded-through with ideology, it drips with the stuff: the self-empowerment personal uplift themes, the militaristic themes, the Medievalist throwback emotions of glory and honor and revenge
the common theme (as Spiro in the comments here notes) is POWER: whether its sheer sonic might, or positivity / personal empowerment, or the military and quasi-totalitarian references, the combat postures and into-battle vibes, the pyrotechnical spectacle etc etc