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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Rotterdam Terror Corps @ MAYDAY ''Making Friends'' 2015

The legendary Rotterdam Terror Corps, who doesn't recognize them? Who did not have something with their logo on it during the 90s? Be it a bomber jacket, a t-shirt, or for those die-hard fanatics: a tattoo? I had a few RTC items, and I still own a t-shirt that came with an album. Can't remember which album it was,. but what I do know is that the t-shirt is absolutely fucked. Well, that's what you get if something is 20 years old. But not RTC, they are still as fresh as they were in the 90s.

Back in 2015 they played at the mighty Mayday event in Dortmund, on the 30th of April. And only today I found their set. Maybe it was because I wanted to hear something made by RTC, and I stumbled across this mix. It's only 30 minutes long, but within those 30 minutes you do get the fearsome power you would expect from RTC. Not the 90s all-time classics, but their latest tunes (well, as they were back in 2015). And as vital as their sets were back in the 90s, they still bring the force, the power. There's no way you are sitting through this set without moving a body part.

RTC's livesets are famous. And so is their music. The majority of fans love their early stuff the most, and prefer that over everything. But truth be told, the records in this set are really top notch, and are really what I wanted to hear today. Hard, rough, and the Rotterdam sound we all love and appreciate.

So which tunes can you expect in this set? Well, here's the tracklist:

01. Rotterdam Terror Corps & Paul Elstak - Time To Kill vs Skull Dominion (2013 Rmstrd Mix)

02. Rotterdam Terror Corps & Dione - Survivors

03. Paul Elstak vs The Dark Twins feat Profane - Thru Your Head (Fixed By Offensive Hardcore)

04. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Destiny

05. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Troublemaker (The BeatKrusher Remix)

06. SRB vs Rotterdam Terror Corps - Dirty Bastards

07. SRB vs Distortion - No Aces

08. Distortion & MC R.A.W. vs Bass-D & King Matthew - Raveworld

I have to say that I only knew the last record well enough, the others might have passed the revue, but they weren't really known to me. So when I heard this set and heard those beats coming through the speakers and nearly destroying my eardrums, I know I pressed play on the right liveset.

Fuck me, this set is hard. RTC did their best to 'make friends' in Dortmund. And his German phrase to put their hands up, yes, you hear that continuously throughout this set. But it's the music I'm focussing this review on. And the music is as rough as you can get it. And funnily enough, it's not annoyingly hard or rough. Just perfect. Like what they did during the 90s: their music was hard, fast, sometimes melodic, but what you really wanted (and got) were feet stomping records. No trancey sounding records, no fucking about, you needed to let yourself go, and stomp those feet on the ground. RTC were and still are extremely good at that.

That is what attracks me to their music. Just no nonsense Hardcore. I've never had the pleasure to see them live (or maybe I did, but let's not forget that certain years of the 90s were a haze to me, I was mostly drunk), but I would like to see them perform. Their energetic vibe can be felt through the speakers. You might not see the pretty ladies, but you can hear the madness being created.

Which record is my favourite? Well, 'Troublemaker'. A really good record. A bit melodic, but not too long. Just perfect. And with a catchy chorus you know you have got a winner.

A fantastic set. It might be 4 years old, but it still as fresh as I am. Underrated set, worth checking it out if you like Hardcre/Gabber from Rotterdam. You won't be disappointed.

Live Act: Rotterdam Terror Corps

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Gabber

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Mayday 30-04-2015

Length Liveset: 00:31:06

Tracks: 8 (eight)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): LISTEN HERE

File Size: unknown File Type: unknown Bitspeed: unknown More Information: Rotterdam Terror Corps - Official Website

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