At the turn of the Millenium Gabber and Hardcore music was changing. Where Gabber had previously been defined by fast beats, quick synth stabs and tons of acid the new sounds were drastically different. In Europe, the predominant sound became known as Millenium Hardcore, a slower form of Gabber with harder beats and more atmospheric synths. That didn't mean the hard and fast styles had gone away, far from it. The UK led the way in Hardcore Techno thanks to labels like Deathchant and Rebelscum. So if you like your rave to be hard as nails then join as we look at ten of the best tracks from the year 2000. Masters of Ceremony - A Way of Life https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vmJqrJGGSa8g Let's kick things off with Hardcore legends Masters of Ceremony. A Way of Life typifies the new Euro hardcore sound with its haunting synth lead and classic vocal sample. It's a head-down stomper and that's what it was all about. Noize Suppressor - Kiss https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vkhqyy1Op9og Kiss is an instantly recognisable classic that rocked dancefloors back in the day. The vocal was sampled from Mobb Depp's It's Mine and the track was often referred to as the Barbara Streisand track. It's screeches and simplistic style would influence the burgeoning Hardstyle scene massively in years to come. The DJ Producer - Come On In https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v2XJuLSf0YK0 The DJ Producer is, of course, one of the most accomplished DJs and Producers in Hardcore. Come On In is a perfect example of what Hardcore Techno was becoming at the turn of the Millenium. Its stark, minimalist, and loaded with atmospherics which would echo around the clubs and arenas perfectly. The vocal sample was of course taken from Alison Limerick's classic Where Love Lives. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Schizophrenic https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v7qYEZMbmfLo&t285s Even Rotterdam Terror Corps were slowing things down in 2000. Schizophrenic used the tune from Adagio for Strings perfectly, taking the beautiful melody and twisting it. It pounds along and was played by everyone when it came out. Neophyte & Lady Dana - Gangsta https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vNVCxbQXCcYY When two legends of the Hardcore scene come together you usually get something special. Gangsta is a high energy blast of Millenium Hardcore that really gets the crowd going. The iconic sample taken from the movie Goodfellas has been used countless times in Hardcore but this is definitely one of the most effective. Da Predator - Out of Control https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vbl29HxxENgQ Da Predator proved that the old Gabber sound wasn't completely dead with this banger. Old Skool breakbeats and high energy synths up the energy with that classic Gabber bass. It also finishes with some really mind-bending horror synths that make this a true classic. Paul Elstak & MC Ruffian - Rage https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vNbbhNOvwQ3s Paul Elstak is probably the most divisive character in the hardcore scene. Whilst the Gabbers may have disowned him for his forays into Happy Hardcore they couldn't deny Rage. This is a classic Gabber track with a big speech in the breakdown to get the crowd going. It screeches along nicely and really tears the speakers apart. Promo - Battle of the Sexes https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v7OXt2s52ku4 Promo is a true God in the Hardcore scene and was a real pioneer in the Millenium sound. Battle of the Sexes really slows things down but that doesn't stop it from being hard as hell. It's also insanely catchy with its Miami Bass style vocal that really makes it bounce. The synth line is also pretty good for a football chant style singalong which always helps. Diplomat & Trouble - Tantalum Cones https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vjfJ8Wm7q1dg Deathchant anthem alert! Diplomat and Trouble have been responsible for a fair few anthems in the Hardcore Techno scene and Tantalum Cones is right up there. Despite its pace and surprisingly catchy lead synth line it's still absolutely banging. It may not have big Gabber bass but it doesn't need it as the atmosphere is everything. Catscan - WOIII https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vuWFAoFh22lI You can't have a list of Millenium Hardcore tracks without this one. Catscan changed the scene and blew us all away when he emerged in 2000. His slower and more industrial approach which he often married with epic melodies and dark noises were revolutionary. WOIII is still played at almost every event today and it still sounds fresh. It's utterly relentless and totally unashamed to be as dark as it wants to be, that's why we love it. We hope you've enjoyed our look at the best Gabber tracks from the year 2000. There are of course plenty more tunes that absolutely rocked that year so why not tell us your favourites in the comments.