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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Hardcore Generation (1997)

It's the end of the 90s. Many Gabber/Hardcore compilations are thrown onto the market. And boy, so many are absolute shite. One of the labels who emerged out of nowhere and is part of the destroying of Gabber was Mecado. This label has done nothing good for the scene, and was only in it to cash in on the hype. They weren't the only one to be fair, but were part of it.

The reason why I'm talking about them, is because of the fact that the other day I went through my whole collection, burned/ripped them onto my PC, and I found a few albums released on this label. One of them being 'Hardcore Generation'. Released in 1997, during the big years of Happy Hardcore. Obviously thinking they would be able to give the gabbers what they wanted. Well, yes and no. For me it's only nostalgic, this album. But is it a great album?

I have to say, even 21 years later the girl on the cover looks stunning. Don't know why they shot these images in a toilet. Maybe because of the mainstream's perspective of all the ravers doing drugs constantly at toilets? I don't know. But she looks good. Maybe that's why I bought this CD, I was still 14, remember..

Anyway, the tracklist. Be prepared to be amazed (*ahum*). You will understand my sarcasm quickly.

01. De Mosselman - Mossels (Radio Edit)

02. J.D.A. - Voel Je Die Bass

03. Reef Teeffie - Klappus In Je Handjes

04. Dark Raver & DJ Vince - Thunderground

05. The Lawyer - Yo DJ (Buzz Fuzz Remix)

06. Shadowlands Terrorists - Shadowlands Anthem

07. Highlander - Get The Future Started

08. Scott Brown - Hardcore Power

09. The Stunned Guys - Beats Time

10. The Alternative Creators - Sound Creation (DJ Isaac Remix)

11. Dionysos - Daydream

12. Thundergods From Asgard - To My X

13. B-Rave feat T-Bear - Happy Rave

14. Brotherhood - Crazy (Bass-D & King Matthew Remix)

15. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Mega Rave

16. Juggernaut - Ruffneck Rules Tha Art-Core Scene

Do you see it? How messed up this was? It's all mashed together. No real reason to add Happy Hardcore inbetween Hardcore records. And those records 'Mossels' and 'Klappus In Je Handjes', and 'Daydream'. God, they are bad, really bad. A shock to the scene. One of the reasons why it has not been taken seriously. What a disgrace. I really dislike these records with a passion. They destroyed everything I held dear when I was a teenager.

OK, there are a lot of awesome records on it to, I'm not denying that. Like' Mega Rave', 'Yo DJ', To My X', 'Thunderground', but the first couple of records destroy it (not 'Voel Je Die Bass'). But is this album memorable one, one you need to keep?

Quick answer: no. Absolutely not. A forgettable album. You can find these songs on other compilations. Much more focused on good Hardcore, and not the commercial side of it. Proper Hardcore albums. This is yet another showcase of an absolute fuck up. A massive one. I only give it a 'good' score because of the good records, and the good looking bird. But the meaning behind this compilation (and others released by Mecado) is sickening. Hence the score.

Artist: Various Artists

Genre/Style: Happy Hardcore, Gabber, Hardcore

Album Info: Hardcore Generation

CDs: 1 (one)

Length Album: 01:13:30

Tracks: 16 (sixteen)

Label: Mecado

Product Number: MEC 10030

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