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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

A Tribute To Rotterdam Terror Corps [1] (2023)

The last mix I'll review this week, and it's one I've been listening to a lot over the last few days. Why, you might ask? Well, good question. It's a mix made by Silvio Aquila, who has made plenty of mixes before, and some have found their way to this website (*humble*), but one of his latest mixes is a tribute mix to one of the greatest groups in the Hardcore scene, Rotterdam Terror Corps, who are still going strong, to this day! They turned out to not be a one-hit wonder, but a hit machine! And if you have seen them perform, there's plenty to 'see' on the stage, if you catch my drift.

I have been a fan for many years/decades, and their music still appeals to me. But when I do want to hear something made by RTC, I'd always go back to the 90s or noughties, because those are the two biggest decades (for me). And Silvio Aquila's mix contains a few of RTCs biggest hits from those two decades. They were literally everywhere, and their famous logo could be seen anywhere in the Netherlands, and beyond. It was a powerful symbol, and you represented something special.

Even I had a long sleeve shirt with their logo on it. And I think it was part of a Christmas pack, and I think it came in a box made out of tin with the logo on top of that too. They knew how to present the music/label/brand, and they did it very well.

But it's all about the music, and they've been releasing hit after hit. And in this mix, you can find 25 of them. But if 25 isn't enough for you, Silvio has made a follow up mix, that contains more records you might like, but for now, we will focus on the first mix. Maybe I'll do a second review too? Who knows...

  1. Rotterdam Terror Corps - We Would Die For Hardcore

  2. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Sick & Twisted

  3. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Industrial Life

  4. Rotterdam Terror Corps vs The Masochist - Torture

  5. Rotterdam Terror Corps - The Music Is Too Much

  6. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Constrictor

  7. Rotterdam Terror Corps - The Haunted

  8. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Paranoid

  9. Rotterdam Terror Corps - The Final Part Of Raveworld

  10. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Me Inside Your Head

  11. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Schizophrenic

  12. Rotterdam Terror Corps vs Paul Elstak - The Battle Has Begun

  13. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Beyond Our Minds

  14. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Blow Your Mind

  15. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Terror Style

  16. Rotterdam Terror Corps - The Horror

  17. Rotterdam Terror Corps - We Declare War

  18. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Christmas Future

  19. Rotterdam Terror Corps - God Is A Gabber

  20. Rotterdam Terror Corps - There's Only One Terror

  21. DJ Paul & The Teenage Warning - If Da Kids Are United (Rotterdam Terror Corps REMIX)

  22. Rotterdam Terror Corps vs Headbanger - Bangin' Your Fist

  23. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Poisoning Your Mind

  24. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Are You Ready To Die?

  25. Rotterdam Terror Corps vs Paul Elstak - Fear

Wow, it's got some big hits in here. And some quirky ones too. But RTC couldn't care less: as long as the dancefloor and the hall/tent they were playing in, was trembling enough to give the ravers a taste of their music and their capabilities. They did bring the heat to wherever they went.

But it wasn't for everyone. You might even dislike RTC. Which is cool too. But you have to acknowledge the fact that they've been around for 30 years, and they are still kicking about.

The songs are hard, and they are ferociously present. You know when a RTC song comes on, because shit is about to go down. And sometimes they brought some humour into their songs too, which I always found funny. But the overall gist of the group is to bring their views on Hardcore to wherever the party is.

The songs selected are solid, and there's a few I like the most. 'Sick & Twisted', 'Bangin' Your Fist' and 'Paranoid' have always been my favourite RTC records. They are slightly darker and heavier, but that's what you need to hear, right? No fucking about, just pure Hardcore coming at you at lightspeed!

A solid mix, and one that will go on repeat this weekend. And maybe even the second instalment? Who knows?

DJ: Silvio Aquila

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Gabber, Hardcore Techno, Early Hardcore

Mix Info: A tribute to Rotterdam Terror Corps [1]

Length Mix: 01:16:15

Tracks: 25 (twenty-five)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 837 MB

File Type: wav

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 1536kbps

Release Year: 2023


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