Hard Trance falls into two distinct periods, but both have their birthplace in Germany.
DescriptionHard Trance falls into two distinct periods, but both have their birthplace in Germany. The original style (which became popular around 1993-94), was typified by a fast (+150bpm) tempo along with strong acid lines and prominent melodies. Popular acts around this time were Sunbeam, Komakino and Jeyênne. This progressed up until the late 90's, when a new style of Hard Trance emerged thanks to the likes of DJ Scot Project & Kai Tracid. This new style brought the tempo down into the 140bpm range, and focused more on Euphoric Trance in construction. The kick drums & basslines were exaggerated, bringing an aggressiveness which separated the style from standard Trance. Also, producers such as DJ Scot Project pioneered extended breakdown / buildups, hightening the tension. It ceased being popular in the mid-2000's.
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