PT.CORE 2 just had to happen... After the first party, we saw PT.CORE had an audience, and altough the hardcore scene in Portugal is small, it's very dedicated. 5th Raider, with the help of DJ Asuras and KUT, started to plan the second coming. The logo/trademark would be the same, the theme would have to be very hardcore-related, something meaningfull. The ideia was that every DJ would play a different remix of "We Have Arrived" by Mescalinum United as a form of tribute to the now considered first hardcore track ever. As before, PT.CORE would be 100% Hardcore, with no restriction to subgenres or intensity. This time Disorder Club would be "the place to be".

 

Flyer could be seen all over Bairro Alto and in some specific spots in Lisbon...

 

The line-up was not easy since we had too many people that wanted to play, but it was finally decided: 5th Raider, KUT, DDK, Hefesto vs Xplicit, Hardcore Labs (live act), Cryogenic and Dj Asuras. Again, the 3 previous VJs would put out imagery, this time projected in a large area. Disorder is a hidden, but very unusual club, inside an 18th century arch that supports a street in downtown Lisbon. With a very dark and gloomy look (see the pics), it was in the right mood for a Hardcore event. In fact, it is a frequent location for industrial fans.

 

Setting up the rave, Hefesto and Cryogenic testing the sound.

 

Cryogenic at work.

 

We arrived 1 hour earlier to organize the space and test the sound system, so we had enough time to make the equalization perfect and adapted to this music style. We made the decoration and prepared all details for the VJs.  Half an hour before the event there were people already waiting to get in... :)

 

 

The dancefloor.

 

By 23h00 there were over 40 people waiting outside, and Cryogenic started his mainstream Hardcore/Gabber set. Very well mixed, and with a good selection of music for the start of the event. People imediatly started dancing, altough some seemed surprised with the sound.

 

People were going metal.... fucking Hardcore!

 

More dancefloor...

 

RT VJing while some people chill out...

 

Hefesto vs Explicit were next, and they were able to pick up where Cryogenic had left the audience. Speedcore and other subgenres were introduced: despite that, the house was full and alive. People dancing around and jumping, I was personally quite happy to see a bigger audience getting into the genre. Some portuguese tracks made by Explicit were played, with a good reception (one highlight of the night).

 

Video projection and martial arts.

 

Amigas 4 ever!

 

Oldschool metal crew. :P

 

Hefesto and Xplicit Djing: no CDrs, just pure digital mayhem on PT.CORE.

 

Push pushing the limits of the video projector...

 

DJ Asuras was next, and I must say, it was a surprise! Oldschool Hardcore and Early Rave, and I do mean oldschool stuff from 1992-1994, seemed like if we were in Thunderdome 93 or old Hellraiser. Altough the crowd seemed to get less enthusiastic at first, it started to catch up (the sound is slower, less industrial and honestly, unless you know it or lived it, you probably would not get into it). From Oldschool to Mainstream Gabber to Speedcore, a nice set, very clean. I think those into Hardcore for a very long time (like me) were the ones that appreciated it the most. :) Refreshing and showing a broad range of knowledge in this genre.

 

DJ Asuras playing and doing god-knows-what...

 

RT "nerding" with the computer, while PUSH gets the chicks and Phi-Rat relaxes...

 

A South African gabber came to this event! And next to him is KUT...

 

Retarded Terror Corps... :P (ah ah)

 

Hardcore Labs followed to play exclusive Portuguese Hardcore and Speedcore tracks that made quite an impact on the audience. Some of them worked much better than expected live. The house was still full, and you could see all kinds of people dancing around. We made no concessions, the sound would be Hardcore, the event would be rave-like and not simply putting music in a club - so few tables for a drink and cigar, just dancefloor burning.

 

Recording the event for the future: rumours say it will be released in a DVD!

 

Dancing orbs...

 

Prego banhado em sopa de feijão com picante. :P

 

KUT doing some innovative sound manipulation and crushing vinyls...

 

No flash.

 

KUT started in his usual distinctive style: industrial, dark, hard, fucked up. Digital hardcore, Breakcore, Noise, it was time to bring more experimental stuff into the party. Good public reaction, altough a bit less audience now (those who could not stand this thematic night already left, and those who wanted to enjoy Hardcore stayed). Portuguese tracks were played, with good reaction. Still, the house was still good and very much alive. The set was very incisive and left no room for doubts: noise in your face.

 

Dancing to industrial hardcore and noise...

 

KUT at work.

 

5th Raider starting his set (what the f*ck is Hefesto looking at?)

O evento está a ser um sucesso, bolas! Se eles tivessem 1/5 das minha capacidades é que era... quero ser a estrela gabber de Portugal!

 

 

Bang your head...

 

A different perspective while listening to Miro...

 

Notice the arcaic ceiling of this unique space... blends great with darkcore by The Outside Agency!

 

Let's rock this joint... (Nonshlen Tustokken!!!!!!)

 

5th Raider was the DJ that would close the night. The house was still very good, and the people that were dancing were completly into the sound. 5th Raider brought a very wide approach to hardcore, from Darkcore to Gabber classics (lets just say it was awesome to hear people screaming for 3 Steps Ahead while Paint it Black was played), from trancecore to very abrasive Speedcore (Bloody Fist's Cunt Face was one of the highlights of the whole event, total mayhem!). I was a bit afraid people would find it strange to see so many different subgenres mixed in one set, but it worked out well. People danced both to Mover's dark technoid oldschool and to the latest Moleculez tracks! Impressive to realise some Hardcore from the 95-98 period realy made people go nuts. Tracks made by portuguese hardcore producers blended well in the set and made people move. The dancefloor was burning despite the late hour, and kept going until the end of the event at 4h00! When it stopped, I could see people were into it and wanted more, but current laws concerning night events in Lisbon stopped us from going further.

 

5th Raider going mental on Hardcore Moederneuker

 

KUT (evil lurks...) and Heliogabalus

 

 

Behind the curtain...

 

This party had 150 people, which was far beyond our expectations, specially for the time of the year! It was very nice to meet people we knew online, and it was even nicer to realise people actually liked the music that was played, from the oldschool material to recent audio assaults. The owner liked the event and agreed that another one would be welcome. I was tired, but happy it all turned out ok. Seems Hardcore is finally here to stay... we even know of people using the PT.CORE concept and bringing other similar events in a near future, which is a good compliment to us. Maybe a bigger Hardcore scene will emerge soon?

PT.CORE 3 is already being considered, and we have more people than ever wanting to play and to get involved.

Hardcore is the future...