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Theory Of Core - Welcome To Thunderdome Mix (2017)

This weekend the mighty Thunderdome returns. The latest edition of this majestic event will be home to thousands of ravers from all over the world, celebrating an icon that spawned others to join the Hardcore scene. The grandad of them all, the big daddy. If you think about Hardcore, you think of Thunderdome. Be it the early stuff. the Millennium sound, or the new sound, Thunderdome has been a part of our culture since 1992. Nearly 27 years ago. An event in the EDM scene that has been significant for 27 years? There's no other that can compete.

The music has capture a generation, and will capture the feeling of generations to come. I grew up with the sound, and it has been my main focus for most of my teenage years. When I visited a Mysteryland back in 1998, and walked into the Thunderdome area, it was like I had returned home, to the holy grail. I've been there. I was part of a culture, and will be until the day I die. I will mention to my grankids that 'opa used to rave hard, until his knees stopped working and the BPMs became too hard to absorb through my hearing aids'. But until then I will love, embrace, and remain part of Thunderdome. And as they said back in the 90s (was it G-Town Madness?), the legacy continues. It will never die. It might stop for a short time, but it will always come back.

It will even come into our cinemas! Have you heard about the Thunderdome film? Nope? Well, go to Youtube and see the trailer video for Thunderdome. A film I am interested in. Anyway, back to this mix.

Theory Of Core made this promo mix 2 years ago, and when I typed in the search bar on Soundcloud the word 'Thunderdome', this was one of the highest ranked mixes. So I had to give this a go. And you should do the same. Especially if you are getting ready for this weekend.

01. Marshall Masters - Stereo Murder

02. Forze DJ Team - '98 To Piano

03. Darrien Kelly feat Attic & Stylzz - Beaten Like A Bitch

04. Ectomorph - Heartbeat

05. Wasting Program - Bring That Shit Back

06. DJ Isaac & The Viper - Funky Beats

07. 3 Steps Ahead - Hardcore

08. Steve Shit - Commony'all (Move Ya' Bodies)

09. The Masochist - Killing Scum (DJ Promo meets Shaolin Mix)

10. Damage Inc. - Turn Around (Remix)

11. The Prophet & Buzz Fuzz - Go Get Ill

12. Bass-D - Thunderdome Shake

13. Dano - Welcome To The Thunderdome

14. DJ Buzz Fuzz feat Bass-D & King Matthew - It's Alright (Stunned Guys Remix)

15. Chosen Few - Name Of The DJ

16. Razzle Dazzle Trax - Rattlebrain (Korsakoff Remix)

17. Neophyte & Promo feat Minckz - TD Is YOU (Thunderdome 2012 Anthem)

18. DJ Jappo & Lancinhouse - Bring The Fine

19. Square Dimensione - A Brand New Dance

20. E-Rick & Tactic - Don't Like Mondays (Original BZRK Mix)

21. The Prophet - Dominatin'

22. 3 Steps Ahead - Thunderdome Till We Die

23. DJ Gizmo - There Is No Other (Bass-D 2015 Remix)

Well, this is a rather unusual mix, isn't it? You've got your main classics, a few forgotten classics, and just some that don't fit in. I do not know how to describe it, but you had your 'Thunderdome' sound, and you knew exactly if a record would be on a Thunderdome collection CD or maybe on a 'dodgier' CD, like 'Hardcore Fruitfly Volume 264 mixed by DJ Bobo', with a sketchy drawn picture of a raver on the cover, dancing with a fruitfly with big breasts. We had some weird covers back in the 90s.

Of course the all time classics had to be played by Theory Of Core. Like 'Stereo Murder', 'Hardcore', Name Of The DJ', 'Thunderdome Till We Die', and they still remain powerful anthems. No word of a lie. And I used to like a lot of Thunderdome records, and even some anthems. But my least favourite was the 2012 anthem. Which is sadly included in this mix. But it's still part of the legacy. Oh, and what about the 'Thunderdome Shake'. Funny at the time for 32 seconds, but that was oh so 2010-ish.

The best record? Well, give the man credit when he deserves is: DJ Dano's absolute monster masterpiece 'Welcome To The Thunderdome'. An anthem which will give many oldskool ravers goodsebumps from head to their toes. An epic anthem, that has stood the test of time, and has become a big record, one symbolizing the movement which was called Hardcore. Or to those that were part of it, gabbers, this anthem was everything. It was time to go to the Thunderdome, let Tina Turner's scream fill your lungs, head, and heart, and despite the world watching, we entered it, and felt part of a culture so unique.

This mix is nice, but has some flaws. Some records are not my cup of tea (E-Rick & Tactic have made far more superior records, compared to this garbage fire 'Don't Like Mondays'), but it still captures a feeling.

To those going tomorrow: have fun. Stay safe, and rave. Rave like you've never done before, and remember: Hardcore will never, ever die. Hasta la vista, baby (this is a Happy Hardcore Megamix CD reference, if you haven't noticed it, but they still used the same vocalist for the intro as the Thunderdome series).

DJ: Theory Of Core

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Gabber, Happy Hardcore, Early Hardcore, Millennium Hardcore

Mix Info: Theory Of Core - Welcome to Thunderdome Mix

Length Mix: 00:59:58

Tracks: 23 (twenty-three)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 137 MB

File Type: mp3 Bitspeed: 320kbps

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