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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Top 50: Evolution Of Hardcore (2007)

It is Sunday, and I will only be doing one review. Why one, you might ask? Well, as the mix is 2 hours and 19 minutes long, it's longer than my usual mixes I listen to, and it might just be enough for you all to listen to today. It's a mix dedicated to Hardcore music from around 2007, which is now 17 years ago (can you believe it?). I only stumbled upon this by accident, and I'm happy that I did so, as I'm in awe of music released during the noughties, and this mix shows why the year 2007 was a fantastic year for Hardcore music in general.

It also shows the difference in current day Hardcore and what was made back in the day. I know there will always be an evolution happening, but the current Hardcore could not sound any more different. My personal believe is that the year 2007 was a very important year, as it had some of the finest Hardcore anthems of all time, and once you look at the tracklist, you will know immediately what I mean by stating that fact.

The mix was made by Broken Balance and uploaded back in 2023, and the tracklist is a thing of beauty. So many tracks I do love, and adore. And I think that the year 2007 was one of those years I spent the most on buying compilations. If it's not the number one, it is in the top three years of years I spent the most money on music. Why? Because Hardcore proved itself to be a powerful genre of music, and it was super well developed. Quality over quantity, but that goes out of the window, as we are about to listen to 50 songs in a 2 hour and 19 minute long mix. Quantity remains though, the songs are just fucking epic.

  1. Promo - Running Against The Rules (D-Passion Remix)

  2. Tommyknocker - Death By Stereo

  3. Meccano Twins - Domin-Hated

  4. Prowler - World In Chaos

  5. Tommyknocker & Sunbeam - Twisted World (The Viper Mashup Mix)

  6. Masters Of Ceremony - Bottoms Up

  7. Meccano Twins - Tendrils Of Agony

  8. Art Of Fighters - Redemption

  9. Nosferatu - Outshine Any Competition

  10. G-Town Madness & The Viper - Come As One (Project Hardcore 2007 Anthem)

  11. Tha Playah - Blast Tha Crowd

  12. Kasparov - Lobster Logic

  13. Weapon X - Back To Life

  14. Art Of Fighters - Do Or Die

  15. DJ D - Gloria

  16. Ophidian & Ruffneck - So Many Sacrifices

  17. Nosferatu - The Flames Of Your Righteous Anger

  18. Placid K - Are You Aware

  19. Dione - Freak Show

  20. Kasparov & MC Raw - We Will Dominate

  21. Art Of Fighters - Vulcano Action

  22. The Wishmaster & Impulse Factory - To The Ground

  23. Tommyknocker - Hurricane

  24. DNME - 1D (Back Off)

  25. Bulldozer Project - Arise (Na-Goyah Remix)

  26. Predator - Demon Pit

  27. Kasparov - Intrusion

  28. Men Of Steel - The Future Is Ours (Panic & Tha Playah Remix)

  29. Dione - Never Lost His Hardcore

  30. Mad Dog - Crime After Crime

  31. Amnesys - Slash Com

  32. Too Fast For Mellow - We Gonna Get This Place (Dione Remix)

  33. Re-Style - Take Ya Down

  34. Tommyknocker - Learn From The Pain

  35. Re-Style - Co-Kane

  36. Amnesys - My Motherfuckin' Name

  37. Promo - The Tablet

  38. Nosferatu - System_5601

  39. Mad Dog & Noize Suppressor - Fire

  40. Lenny Dee - The Dreamer (Promo Remix)

  41. Outblast & Predator & MC Ruffian - The Hunt (Dominator 2007 Anthem)

  42. The Stunned Guys - Raise Cain (Masters Of Hardcore 2007 Anthem)

  43. Predator & Angerfist - Silent Notes

  44. 3 Steps Ahead - Drop It (Tommyknocker & The Stunned Guys Remix)

  45. Neophyte - Back In My Brain Again

  46. Tha Playah - I Call Tha Shots

  47. Lenny Dee & Randy & The Sickest Squad - Boomshakalaka

  48. Dione - Highway 666 (SRB Remix)

  49. Rotterdam Termination Source - Poing (Lekkah Doorgahstuitert Door Partyraiser)

  50. Delta 9 - No More Regrets (Unexist Remix)

This is certainly an amazing looking tracklist. A throwback to a fantastic year. It might have been the peak of Millennium Hardcore, but that's a personal decision for you to make. What are your views on 2007 Hardcore? Is it the best, or not, and why? And do you actually like Millennium Hardcore?

Broken Balance made a very cool mix, with a lot of memorable anthems from a fantastic and epic year. So many great names are in this mix, and the list is insane to look at. It immediately took me back 17 years, when I was still young, fresh, and when I had no grey hair. Gosh, that's a long time ago.

Would I stay in the present day and listen to the current sound emanating out of the scene, or go back to 2007? I think you know the answer to that. 2007 all the way, baby!

There are too many great anthems to mention, but the one that stands out the most, is one of the best remixes of an all time classic ever made. 'Drop It' by 3 Steps Ahead was already a legendary track, but Tommyknocker & The Stunned Guys made it even better than the original. And it remained true to the original, showing homage to the legend that is 3 Steps Ahead.

A solid mix to listen to. Toward the end it might go a bit silly, and it might contain the records I appreciated the least, but it is still 2+ hours of Hardcore classics. Wouldn't want to miss that opportunity, going back in time and acknowledge the awesome sound that we listened to back then!

I miss the good ol' days.

DJ: Broken Balance

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Millennium Hardcore

Mix Info: Top 50: Evolution Of Hardcore (2007)

Length Mix: 02:19:49

Tracks: 50 (fifty)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): STREAM HERE

File Size: unknown

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Audio: Stereo

Sample Rate: unknown

Release Year: 2023

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