EDMX – Cerberus (Power Vacuum Powvac002 – 2012)

Release date is August 2012 Ed DMX, the man who was singing I am a mouse, I like eating cheese on “Nu Romantix LP”, is now transformed into a brutal kind of species for a new release on Power Vacuum. Launching the onslaught under the EDMX disguise, he drops a violent acid banger with the title track “Cerberus”, where wall-shaking bass drum reminds of PCP’s school of hardcore. After being exposed to ruthless fire of machine guns, highly intellectually titled “I’m Rushing My Tits Off” feels almost downtempo, but the kick drum is not sleeping and suffocating electro with Polygon […]

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Penik Ettek – Black Catalogue Ritual Acid LP (Panzerkreuz 1009 – 2012)

Greetings from Panzerkreuz, the doom department of Bunker Records. Penik Ettek is a true disciple of the padrones who once pulled the strings in Acid Planet and Unit Moebius and the acid project launched by Albert van Abbe and Paul van Gent gives full respect to the old school guys in organising a thunderstorm of acid lines.Penik Ettek does not run for the award of the most complex acid programming and instead opts for simple, but astonishingly functional power tracks. A lot of straightforward 303 and 909 action paired with loud bass, whereas the low frequencies in A2 seriously go […]

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DUST OFF: 303 Nation – Strobe Jams I (Dance Ecstasy 2001 DE 3001 – 1993)

303 Nation, the name is the program. Acid from the brotherhood of notorious Planet Core Productions (PCP), a stronghold of hardcore techno in the beginning of 1990’s. Based in Frankfurt, it united a flock of labels run by Thorsten Lambart and Marc Acardipane, the latter being the artistic engine using dozens of aliases.But it was not one-man-show because Fernando Sanchez and Patrick Vuillaume were commissioned to spread etching bass lines to the world. Also behind the 100% Acidiferous project, they put out four releases in the “Strobe Jams” series for a PCP sublabel Dance Ecstasy 2001. From 1993 is the […]

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Esoteric – Scarlet Enterprise (Curley Music 08 – 2011)

When the gang of Spiral Tribe ravers swept over the Europe about twenty years ago, Dutch-born youngster Curley Schoop aka Esoteric was one of their associates. His untimely death in 1998 abruptly stopped the career having started already in 1991 when Schoop was a member of a Djax Records signing called D.I.C.E. To commemorate Schoop and familiarize younger generation with his output, French label Expressillon launched Curley Music for reissuing Schoop’s works. On the “Scarlet Enterprise”, released under the Esoteric guise, especially the A-side is a real gem with rudeboy breakbeats and blatant kick drum. Like a blend of early hardcore and The […]

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OLD TAPE: Spiral Tribe – Sirius 23 (1993)

“Sirius 23” is a release by decadent techno vagabonds, united under the banner of Spiral Tribe in the mid-1990’s. Seeing free techno parties as a constitutional right, the ST community travelled the lands to set up wild illegal parties and in the sidelines manged to release a number of records, most of them on own label Network 23.Never seen any vinyls of the Spiral Tribe and also this “Sirius 23” is from a cassette made by a friend, as some of these hard-to-find records were in circulation in Tallinn. This EP offers four tracks of sheer rave madness, more breakbeat-focused […]

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Video: Mescalinum United – We Have Arrived (1990)

It was the day when Mescalinum United gave birth to hardcore. With its devastating nature the track literally manifested the arrival of techno’s new brutal face. Like a whirlwind it swept over the skyscrapers of Frankfurt and introduced the world to the joys of massive kick drum.The intro of “We Have Arrived” heralds a mayhem and all obsessed HC fans know what follows. It does not aim at becoming beats-per-minute champion but the track with strong industrial influence carries immense power. In the wake of 1990’s it ruled the scene along with other output by PCP for the Hall Of […]

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DUST OFF: Bullet Proofed Split EP (Super Special Corp. 06 – 1993)

Armed with distortion and brutal bass, cold-blooded commandos rush to annihilating mission. It’s always midnight in their world as they strike and put everything into pieces.These grim sounds are transmitted from the year 1993, on Super Special Corp. that was one of dozens of labels run by Marc Trauner, the mastermind of the Frankfurt school of hardcore. It’s the only release featuring artists Distortion Bastardz and GunMen, which might have been also another alter egos of Trauner, who knows.A1 fills two minutes with evil distorted drone that is like a stretched-out intro. Then A2 goes straight down to the business […]

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DUST OFF: Genetic Waste Remixes (Delirium Red 06 – 1995)

Soon it’s Halloween and an higher concentration of skulls and obscure figures can be observed even in Estonia. Monster theme has been immensely popular in the hardcore nation and also “Genetic Waste” lines up with threatening symbols. Hard sounds that have well survived the years after being issued in 1995.The original track is a dark and accelerated slammer, but the best comes on the B-side where Genetic Waste itself and DJ Delirium deliver a really hypnotizing hardcore track, the one with “infinity” sample. It’s a really living track with different beat patterns.Lenny Dee and Wavelan come with two remixes and […]

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DUST OFF: C-Tank – Nightmares Are Reality (Overdrive 030-12 – 1993)

C-Tank will be prescribed for anger management. Like in “Clockwork Orange”, where violent Alex was forced to watch brutal movies, in expectation these will extract his evil thoughts. This vintage hardcore record may reduce tensions, but afterwards one can’t escape the feeling of deeply and thoroughly hammered beef.The best for the start: In the title track tempestous battle noises create a threatening atmosphere before brutal kick-drum beats step in. Childish samples from Evil Dead spoil the game a bit, but otherwise, just give a go.Then “House Hallucination” mixes an housey groove and hardcore beats – for the brave to enjoy. […]

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