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We’re a week removed from Hardcore Synergy 2014. Personally I’m still exhausted from the weekend, and wondering how it’d be possible to do more than one of these shows a year. That said, I really hope those of you in attendance to this year’s Hardcore Synergy had a good time. Planning for next year’s show is already under way, and if our trip to Japan next month is any indication of how massive things might be, well… just wait and see.
But I’m not really here to tease about next year, instead I wanted to talk about this year’s show. Some of the things we think we could have done better, some things that were a pleasant surprise, and a bit more of a look in to the process of how Hardcore Synergy has evolved so much over the past few years.
This is something we can discuss until the end of time, but when all is said and done, it’s up to us to make the best possible line-up. Having JAKAZiD up first to open the show disappointed a lot of people, since the line to get in was a pain as always and prevented people from seeing his set. We always like to have our Japanese guests book-ended by other talent, like last year when we opened with DJ SymBiotiX and DJ Mesophunk, and closed with SuperJack!. For 2014 we elected to have JAKAZiD open, and we were slated to have Sidequest close the show, but due to the late start, DJ Noriken was our closer for the night. This is another thing we could have done a bit better, place Noriken earlier in the show, I mean, he made our anthem for this year’s show, he should have not been our closer, but he still gave us a hell of a show, and we thank him for that. We also felt like we could have put Cranky up earlier in the night. But overall we’re satisfied with how the line-up played out.
We got a few bits of feedback regarding the sound of the show, with some people having difficulty hearing the show. This is what we get when we rush the sound check, introduce a VJ to the show, and don’t get all the time we normally hope to have to test everything out. Thankfully this wasn’t the LMC incident of 2012, but that’s no excuse for the sound being what it was.
After the show, we got to tell Cranky that his set felt like a love letter to Bemani fans, and allowed the show to come full circle. We’ve all been music game nerds for the longest time, so to hear stuff like V, Gold Rush, and Red Zone played live, it was one of the most surreal and amazing moments in the history of Hardcore Synergy.
muratA Yuzi put on a hell of a show all by himself. After six hours of work, we’re kind of upset with ourselves that we couldn’t give him a break of some sort, or wish the show was earlier so that he wasn’t so exhausted the next day.
We’re always striving to put on the best possible show in conjunction with Anime Central. We do this out of passion for the artists and the music they produce, sometimes at great personal expense, but to see people have such a good time, really makes it all worth it.
I am reviewing the newest release from attack the music (link) that is coming out on the 16th of may. I had to jump through a few hoops to get the mp3s from the label owner, which is why the review is coming out so late.
But I digress.
If you dont feel like reading a whole lot of text here is a summary: the album is worth at least buying the digital download of. If you have extra buying the physical cd would also be nice, so as to support a worthy compilation, and to keep the label going.
That being said, I have known Eddie (The owner of Attackthemusic) for about 15 years, and we have always been close. Many people in the communities that this type of release is marketed to know this, and might think this review will be biased. I already promised him it wouldnt be biased and I would be as frank as possible for the whole thing.
That being said, I do like this cd! I have some problems with it though. I think the cd is really scattered in its theme. The first frequency blitz was mostly uk hardcore/jcore themed, but this release doesnt share genres between tracks at all (for the most part anyway). Also the SymBiotiX vs MesoPhunk is like 7 minutes long for absolutely no reason. That isnt the fault of the label though! (I feel they could have released an extended or original mix as a free download and put an album edit together so the cd doesnt drag down right before the end.)
The mix of genres flows pretty well overall! The samples are all available on the attackthemusic soundcloud (link) so I wont go in to a lame pitchfork-esque rant about which tracks I didnt care for and why.(I had written out three pages of notes on what was good and bad for each song but decided to throw them away because they were far too opinionated)
I will, however, talk about my four favorite tracks on the album!
The track by JAKAZiD (Make Me Burn) is my absolute Favorite Tune on this compilation! I have known Josh for quite a while and he always manages to make really creative stuff. I did not expect his contribution this time to be a breakbeat track, which was a nice surprise! Also the clang sample from percussive (from popn music 5) in the middle was rly good lmao.
Cranky (STRANGER LOVE) has been one of my favorites since highschool (because of the old PARTY4U bms) and his track this time sounds more like the modernized hyper techno sound, and less like his stuff on rave-SLave. Apparently the woman who did the vocals is also the woman who did vocals for E-Rotic? This song is wonderful but it and the Daisuke Ohnuma song are without a doubt sore-thumb tunes and dont fit with the ‘vibe’ of the rest of this compilation very well.
Daisuke Ohnuma (Against Logic) is a name I thought I was unfamiliar with but I guess he was on Salvation By Faiths release ‘We Bros.X' which is a smash brothers arrange album I am a big fan of! His offering this time is a strange drum n bass track. It isnt particularly mixable but its a great track.
Team Grimoir (Jormungand) has been on the rise recently. He was in Sound Voltex and Pop’n Music with his tune C18H27NO3. You can hear a lot of influence from the more established j-gabber people in how he works on his kicks and whatnot. I am a sucker for all of that j-gabber stuff though, and Eddie actually sent me the demo version of Jormungand a few months ago. It has been in constant rotation for me since then, and its nice to hear how much better the final version of it sounds!
I am impressed that so much new and unknown talent was curated for this compilation! I am not familiar with about 1/3 of the producers on this cd! Saying that J-Core is an incestuous scene is a huge understatement, and while I like a lot of the other compilations out (x-treme hard, japanese stream hardcore, etc) they seem to have the same talent on every album. This, in my opinion, makes up for how scattered this release seems at first glance.
I rate this album a solid 8/10, and intend on picking up a physical copy at ACEN, where it is due to be released. If you attend, you should do the same!
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Solid review! Thanks for positive response!