FCFan gives a lowdown of his perceptions of the Hard Trance genre! Agree? Disagree? Well, check this out first to see what he has to say about the currently highly popular genre!
What Is... Hard Trance ?
An Increasingly popular style of trance is the harder variety, But what is it really, what does it involve, Who Is popular in it, and what aspects are used to make Hard Trance songs ?
Hard-Trance really has 3 sub-sections that you can split it down into, a more uplifting one, and a really Hard as Nails one, almost gabber in some elements, and a commercial one. Hard-Trance is played at a higher tempo than
First of all, I'll take the more uplifting style. The emphasis here is on the tune as well as a catchy bassline and a hard beat. The tune will be really soft and melodic as a rule, and the whole song will be like a full set. Take a heavy beat and add a driving bassline, then progress into an array of beautiful sounds, before ending harder again. Some of the best artists in this particular brand are Jam-x & De Leon aka DuMonde, Cosmic Gate, DJ Natron & DJ Reverb, better known as Flutlicht, SHOKK, Schwarzen Puppen and DJ Scot Project who although he uses a harder style than the others mentioned before, also injects the most wonderful melodies into his songs and remixes, making him a candidate for the Hard as Nails Section as well.
Next is the commercial aspect to Hard-Trance. As with all genres of music, there are people who are in it to make a quick buck, to make money out of their music and appeal to the market which does not always include the clubbers, but the popular music market too. Fortunately this is only a small number but still happens. There are also some people who make tunes like old happy hardcore ones, like Starsplash, Interactive, Adrima and Ratty. They take some of the old songs and remix them, from tunes like 'total eclipse of the heart' to 'I can't stop raving' The songs are usually made up of a heavy beat, and a quick tempo but not as quick as the hardcore ones were, maybe from 145bpm upto 160bpm depending on the tune. Also included on these tunes as a rule are female vocals, and the tunes can sometimes be unimaginative and repetitive which gives it the bad reputation it sometimes has, but is not too bad in small doses. Overall, my least favourite side to Hard-Trance but not an awful one that you have to cringe at.. usually.
Lastly comes the really Hard Trance, This will be less melodic and a combination of sounds and beats and bass as a rule, or if it has a main melody, this will also be really hard sounding. Some people cannot appreciate this style of trance, but an Artist like Derb are very good at it, They take deep heavy fat beats, add a pulsating bassline to it and some elements from gabber hardcore at times. The emphasis is on blowing the minds of the people listening, not giving a sweet little tune to sing along to, There may be voiceovers used in tunes, but the presence of female vocals is usually low to nil. This music is very effective in the way it is done, even though a lot of people can't stomach it, it's still really good in my opinion.
Hopefully You will now know some aspects of Harder Trance, and perhaps try & listen to the artists I've mentioned and see if my descriptions are close.