Retroheadz.com https://www.retroheadz.com Your guide to pop culture, gaming, TV, Movies and nostalgia Wed, 07 Sep 2022 12:02:14 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://www.retroheadz.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/cropped-retrlheadz-2020-512-1-32x32.png Retroheadz.com https://www.retroheadz.com 32 32 The New Labels Pushing The Classic 90’s Happy Hardcore Sound https://www.retroheadz.com/music/new-oldskool-happy-hardcore-labels/ https://www.retroheadz.com/music/new-oldskool-happy-hardcore-labels/#disqus_thread Thu, 11 Aug 2022 12:06:13 +0000 https://www.retroheadz.com/?p=10004337 new oldskool happy hardcore labels

Happy Hardcore is a music you either love religiously or avoid at all costs. The unique sound that blasted out of cars and bedroom windows alike in the mid to late 90’s and was a part of the suburban landscape up and down the UK, especially outside London. As we’ve reported on in the past, oldskool Happy Hardcore and it’s close relative Bouncy Techno are seeing a growing resurgence of late and it looks set to continue as the number […]

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Happy Hardcore is a music you either love religiously or avoid at all costs.

The unique sound that blasted out of cars and bedroom windows alike in the mid to late 90’s and was a part of the suburban landscape up and down the UK, especially outside London.

As we’ve reported on in the past, oldskool Happy Hardcore and it’s close relative Bouncy Techno are seeing a growing resurgence of late and it looks set to continue as the number of labels is growing as well as the number of artists making modern day 90’s style music in general.

So to help this burgeoning scene grow and give us oldies another dose of the soundtrack to our formative years and pave the way for a new generation of ravers to support and maybe create music like this.

So Retroheadz is showcasing the best new oldskool happy hardcore labels out there right now for you to reignite that Hardcore flame that is still burning bright for many out there.

El Capitano Records

Pushing the oldskool Happy Hardcore sound is El Capitano Records. Launched at the beginning of 2022 it focusses on stomping Happy Hardcore and Bouncy Techno mainly and is firmly stuck in the 90’s with regards to the style and energy.

Based in Hastings, UK and with a host of artists from across the UK and Europe and it’s mascot is a time and space travelling Pirate captain who dishes out the treasure on a monthly basis.

More info

Bandcamp

Soundcloud

Buddha Beats

Taking its que straight from classic Dutch labels of the mid 90’s such as Dwarf, Babyboom and Pengo this North East UK label is already gaining traction as one of the ones to watch.

Headed up by Triple XL, a hugely popular Makina producer, this label’s main focus is on Bouncy Techno and the happier side of Gabber.

More info

Soundcloud

Rave Muzik

Rave Muzik has been established for a while now and it’s modus operandi is to focus on the 90’s side with a modern day twist.

The label is headed up by German DJ/Producer Stormtrooper and Glasgow based Al Twisted. Both big names in the scene and they have a diverse and global selection of veteran and new artists on the label.

More info

Bandcamp

Soundcloud

Richter Party Records

Richter Party Records

Richter Party Records was launched in 2022 by Ben & Simon (AKA Richter Party) with the sole purpose of releasing “new” oldskool happy hardcore.

Heavily influenced by classic Helter Skelter tape packs like “Imagination” the RP crew like to create melody driven vocal happy hardcore anthems for the Hardcore massive!

More info

Bandcamp

Soundcloud

Lazarus Recordings

Headed up by DJ Deluxe, this label focusses more on the faster breakbeat Hardcore side of things, however it’s not exclusive to this as they’ve had some cracking Happy Hardcore tracks released on this growing label and we expect many more!

More info

Bandcamp

Soundcloud

4 The Core Records

Like Lazarus it covers all types of Hardcore, from breakbeat to the classic Oldskool Happy Hardcore sound in E.P releases.

This is one label to support if you love the pre kick drum Happy Hardcore and one to watch out for when it releases the big kick sounds.

More info

Bandcamp

Soundcloud

So there you have it, a whole load of new Happy Hardcore labels to check out, help revive and support as the releases come out.

We’re sure there will be more labels coming out soon but this is a great place to start.

Let everyone know your thoughts below on the revival and if you are a fan of the music please spread the word out as we know it would mean a lot to the labels and artists involved.

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New Shoot ‘Em Up ‘ZPF’ Coming to the Sega Megadrive https://www.retroheadz.com/retro-games/zpf-shoot-em-up-coming-soon-sega-megadrive/ https://www.retroheadz.com/retro-games/zpf-shoot-em-up-coming-soon-sega-megadrive/#disqus_thread Thu, 19 May 2022 15:26:10 +0000 https://www.retroheadz.com/?p=10004323 ZPF Megadrive

The Sega Megadrive/Genesis was home to some epic shoot ’em ups back in the day with the likes of Hellfire, Thunderforce 4, Zero Wing and Truxton among many. The reflex heavy, high score attaining genre has declined in popularity since the 3D era began, although there have been some notable releases on various systems since then. The brand new game for the Megadrive is called ZPF looks like its pushing the old Sega machine to its limits. ZPF is being […]

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The Sega Megadrive/Genesis was home to some epic shoot ’em ups back in the day with the likes of Hellfire, Thunderforce 4, Zero Wing and Truxton among many.

The reflex heavy, high score attaining genre has declined in popularity since the 3D era began, although there have been some notable releases on various systems since then.

The brand new game for the Megadrive is called ZPF looks like its pushing the old Sega machine to its limits.

ZPF is being developed by ZPF Team and will be published by US based Mega Cat Games and boasts some super slick graphics, a rocking soundtrack and huge bosses that take up most of the screen.

What’s in ZPF?

The game boasts three different characters/ships to choose, digitised speech and there will be a Megadrive and Genesis boxed versions once its ready to go.

Want to see what all the hype is about? Check out how good this looks!

When is ZPF Coming Out?

We’ll keep you posted as to when the game is expected to come out.

As with all new Megadrive games these are clearly labours of love and with ZPF you can clearly see that a lot of time and effort (and programming tricks) have gone in to this game and if the devs need more time to make it amazing then so be it.

However, we can’t wait to play ZPF can you?

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10 Epic 1991 Rave Anthems That Will Evoke Nostlagia https://www.retroheadz.com/music/rave-techno-hardcore-anthems-90s/ https://www.retroheadz.com/music/rave-techno-hardcore-anthems-90s/#disqus_thread Wed, 27 Apr 2022 17:44:46 +0000 https://www.retroheadz.com/?p=10003506 1991 rave anthems

1991 what a year for raving! The evolution of Techno, Hardcore and House music was going to the next level with massive raves up and down the UK and Europe slamming out the breakbeats and kick drums as the tempo increased compared to 1990. 1991 Rave Anthems The takeover was happening with more rave tunes being featured each week on shows like Top of The Pops or The Chart Show showing that it was here to stay and getting thoroughly […]

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1991 what a year for raving!

The evolution of Techno, Hardcore and House music was going to the next level with massive raves up and down the UK and Europe slamming out the breakbeats and kick drums as the tempo increased compared to 1990.

1991 Rave Anthems

The takeover was happening with more rave tunes being featured each week on shows like Top of The Pops or The Chart Show showing that it was here to stay and getting thoroughly ingrained into youth culture.

Whether you were chewing your face off in a warehouse or swapping copied tapes at school and dreaming of the day that you could go to a rave, chances are our selection of 1991 Rave Anthems coming up is going to take you back to that carefree time.

Second Phase – Mentasm

Getting this party started with this techno classic. Mentasm is known to be proto-Gabber track before Gabber was, well, Gabber.

This track is a pounding classic that took your mind on a journey. some say it’s a tad repetitive, however who doesn’t like that classic Hoover sound?

U96 – Das Boot

U96’s first track was a huge hit across Europe and did pretty well in the UK too. The track is themed on the classic movie Das Boot and the video features clips from the movie along with the main theme being sampled through out with that classic Techno speak and spell vocoded voice saying, Das Boot and 1,2,3 Techno! A classic piece of Euro Techno for sure, U96 went on to have other hits including Love Religion and Club Bizarre later on in the 90’s.

DJ PC – Insomniak

Insomniak I Must Sleep!

If there was a tune that summed up that post rave feeling then this is it.

The track was a big hit and featured on many compilations you probably picked up at Woolies back in the day.

This track has a lot going on with Acid sections, a room shaking bassline and obligatory crowd noises.

DJ PC also had a follow up in ’92 with ‘Go To The Moon’

N-Joi – Anthem

If any track from ’91 needs to be on this list of 1991 Rave Anthems then N-Joi’s Anthem is one of them.

This classic takes that classic Italian House Piano anthem vibe of the time and bridges the gap between Clubbing and Raving in a field.

Many of you might remember that this track was on one of the radio stations on GTA. Whenever you might have first heard it the captivating vocals and happy vibes this track exudes by the bucket load will put a smile on your face today!

Altern-8 – Activ-8

Top one, nice one, get sorted!

Altern-8 slammed on to the scene in 1991 with this chart topping and bonafide rave classic.

Though it wasn’t their first tune post Nexus 21, it was a huge hit with school kids and ravers everywhere, the video was shot in the car park of the famous Stoke-on-Trent nightclub, Shellys.

Altern-8 would go on to have a load more hits in 1992 with E-Vapor-8 and Hypnotic St-8 and an album called ‘Full on Masked Hysteria’ and helped make mask wearing at raves a must have along with sales of Vicks to help you breathe.

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Soviet Strike Sega Saturn Classic Review https://www.retroheadz.com/retro-games/soviet-strike-sega-saturn-review/ https://www.retroheadz.com/retro-games/soviet-strike-sega-saturn-review/#disqus_thread Fri, 25 Feb 2022 17:30:34 +0000 https://www.retroheadz.com/?p=10004293 soviet strike sega saturn

Soviet Strike is the fourth game in the much loved ‘Strike’ series which started in 1992 with the epic Desert Strike. The game published by EA came out in 1996 and was the first game in the series to come out on the 32-Bit platforms. Retroheadz boots up the Sega Saturn version of Soviet Strike to see if it’s worth playing again today. What’s The Story in Soviet Strike? The USSR is no more and the and a large region […]

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Soviet Strike is the fourth game in the much loved ‘Strike’ series which started in 1992 with the epic Desert Strike.

The game published by EA came out in 1996 and was the first game in the series to come out on the 32-Bit platforms. Retroheadz boots up the Sega Saturn version of Soviet Strike to see if it’s worth playing again today.

What’s The Story in Soviet Strike?

The USSR is no more and the and a large region has been taken over by a rogue Ex KGB General going by the name of ‘Shadowman’ who’s up to no good.

The US defense department activates it STRIKE team, a covert group who’s job is to stop wars before they start and this is where you come in as the pilot of an Apache helicopter to thwart his ambitions and save the day by stopping an invasion of Europe and sees you do a grand tour of Easter Europe and Russia, the Black Sea and finally Moscow itself to stop a coup from happening.

Supporting Cast

Just like previous Strike games the game has many cut scenes to drive the plot, however thanks to the power of Sega’s 32 Bit machine its full motion video instead of graphical cut scenes that keep you up to date with what’s going on.

Soviet Strike ups things from the Mega Drive’s outings and introduces a heap of new characters who help drive the story and provide intel about upcoming operations. It’s contemporary and is a cross between CNN and MTV in its execution with fast cameras and angles that keep your attention and adds value to the proceedings.

The acting is done well and is a standout from the era of bad FMV games.

Banging Chopper

As this is a continuation of the series we all know and love the star is the Apache attack helicopter that you get to pilot throughout.

Unlike Jungle Strike and Urban Strike which had multiple vehicles to use and even on foot sections, Soviet Strike goes back to it’s Desert Strike roots and simply gives you control of the Apache throughout.

The usual weapon load out remains, with a chain gun, Hydra rockets and Hellfire missiles being the main weapons although the Saturn version has some secret extras including twin guns and Maverick missiles which like picking up the super fast winch in Desert Strike you need to find in-mission to use.

Controls of the Apache in Soviet Strike are similar to previous outings too, the main difference is a more overhead rather than totally isometric viewpoint which is different but not annoyingly so.

Mission Status Green

Missions in Soviet Strike follow a similar format to previous games, with the takedown of Radars, Power Plants being the starting parts of the large levels and then you get to do the heavy stuff after that such as prisoner rescues and rescue missions.

The levels are varied along with their locations and the usual strategic elements remain such as finding fuel and ammo which in this game are much harder to do.

Yes there are ammo crates and fuel locations on the map, however from the outset its clear that your going to need more than what’s available so you’ll be spending quite a lot of time just trying to find the hidden caches by blowing stuff up and hoping they are there in the rubble.

Whilst this part of the game is what made the series more of thinking person’s game it get frustrating quickly and feels like its mostly what you spend your time doing and this leads on to the difficulty of the game.

Need More Lives

One of things that stops Soviet Strike from classic status is its difficulty.

Soviet Strike’s AI is hard as nails from the outset and whilst initial parts of the game are easy to achieve it soon get hard and massively so.

The game almost feels unfair in its relentless pursuit of ending your fun and whilst this is more realistic, as was the probable intention, you’ll get frustrated pretty quickly if your having a casual play so you’ll need to put the hours in to master it and even then it has too many moments that frankly feel unfair.

It’s not to say its not a good game, it’s more that the savage difficulty stops it from being a true classic like its forebears. Getting hit from small arms fire to big calibre rounds seem to be much harder to dodge than previous outings.

Fog Of War

The graphics are quite grainy and the low resolution polygon graphics hinder you a bit as the game relentless pace make it hard to keep up with what’s going on in places.

The graphics while good for the time haven’t aged well really, they are what they are but there are too many moments of wondering who is shooting at you and sometimes its hard to even differentiate between the background and enemies.

Sounds Alive

Sound wise you get the classic chopper sound and there’s background music which does distracts you from the mission and doesn’t help alleviate the difficulty in any way and the sudden volume jump in volume in mid-game cut scenes will make you jump out of your skin even when you know its coming because you probably died again and are redoing the mission.

Final Thoughts on Soviet Strike

Soviet Strike whilst being far harder from the outset of previous Strike games is a good game, its missions are long and varied.

If you like a challenge then this game will be one for you. For more casual retrogamers its one that you’ll probably give up on sooner rather than later and that’s a shame but we wouldn’t blame you in the slightest as the difficulty is the main thing that lets it down.

Apart from that it is fun and the fact that you can blow pretty much anything that stands out from the background up would be a big stress reliever if it wasn’t for the savage difficulty that it would sit there alongside Desert Strike as an all time classic.

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Soviet Strike Sega Saturn Classic Review
Is it worth playing again?
For those that love the Strike series of games, Soviet Strike is worth a revisit, however, for casual players expect to die a lot!
Graphics
78
Sound
82
Gameplay
88
Classic Factor
90
Reader Rating4 Votes
86
Good Bits
Huge levels and you can destroy pretty much everything
A big step up from the 16 Bit Strike games.
Bad Bits
It's so hard but not in a good way
Grainy graphics on modern TV's make it hard to see what's going on sometimes
85
Retroheadz Score

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New Episodes Of GamesMaster On The Way https://www.retroheadz.com/classic-tv/new-gamesmaster-episodes-coming-soon/ https://www.retroheadz.com/classic-tv/new-gamesmaster-episodes-coming-soon/#disqus_thread Wed, 10 Nov 2021 16:03:44 +0000 https://www.retroheadz.com/?p=10004279 new gamesmaster

Gamesmaster, the classic and very tongue in cheek Videogame TV show is coming back for a new series after a hiatus of nearly 23 years. The new GamesMaster series will be on E4 and will hopefully have news, reviews and tips alongside the celebrity challenges just like it did when it was first broadcast back in 1992. The show is now presented by not one but three presenters so no Dominic Diamond or Dexter Fletcher in sight for this. The […]

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Gamesmaster, the classic and very tongue in cheek Videogame TV show is coming back for a new series after a hiatus of nearly 23 years.

The new GamesMaster series will be on E4 and will hopefully have news, reviews and tips alongside the celebrity challenges just like it did when it was first broadcast back in 1992.

The show is now presented by not one but three presenters so no Dominic Diamond or Dexter Fletcher in sight for this.

The new Gamesmaster presenters are Frankie Ward, Robert Florence, and Ty Logan.

Who’s The New Gamesmaster?

Sir Patrick Moore was the original Gamesmaster, however the Sky At Night presenter sadly passed away back in 2012 so who will be taking his place, well, its none other than Sir Trevor McDonald.

Yep, everyone’s favourite newsreader is taking the helm of goading and belittling and generally taking the mick out of contestants, it wouldn’t be Gamesmaster without would it?

Where Can You Watch Gamesmaster?

The new Gamesmaster will broadcast on E4’s YouTube channel first on the 21st November 2021 and then will follow up being broadcast on E4 proper at a later date and three episodes made for the Gamesmaster revival series

This is really low compared to Season 2 & 3 that racked up 26 episodes each and the rest were between 10 and 18 episodes.

We reckon this is a test to see if there is a market for it although they are hour long episodes compared to the previous series 30 min run time.

What’s The Theme For The Show?

As with all previous series of Gamesmaster there is always a theme to proceedings.

It has previously been set in a church, oil rig, prison, desert island and Atlantis. This one is filmed in a pump house so maybe it will have a similar aesthetic to the oil rig from Season 2.

Want to see the teaser for it? Here you go.

One more thing worthy of a mention is the Golden Joystick is still the prize up for grabs for contestants along with a good dose of humour although we hope the focus is and remains on the games themselves.

The question remains what do you think of the new series, will it be any good or is it best left in the past? Let us know in the comments below.

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90’s Rave Revival In Full Swing As ‘Crusaders Of Rave’ Compilation Launches https://www.retroheadz.com/music/crusaders-of-the-rave/ https://www.retroheadz.com/music/crusaders-of-the-rave/#disqus_thread Mon, 08 Nov 2021 16:14:27 +0000 https://www.retroheadz.com/?p=10004270 crusaders of the rave

If you’re a fan of the 90’s sound of Happy Hardcore, Hardcore Techno and Gabber then a new compilation album from the Rave Muzik label is out on the 11th November should be right up your street! Crusaders Of Rave The new album called ‘Crusaders of Rave’ is a full force celebration of that classic rave sound with the tempo hurtling up to a brain melting 200bpm. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of sounds and styles that hark back to the […]

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If you’re a fan of the 90’s sound of Happy Hardcore, Hardcore Techno and Gabber then a new compilation album from the Rave Muzik label is out on the 11th November should be right up your street!

Crusaders Of Rave

The new album called ‘Crusaders of Rave’ is a full force celebration of that classic rave sound with the tempo hurtling up to a brain melting 200bpm.

It’s a veritable smorgasbord of sounds and styles that hark back to the days of 12 hour raves that many of us would have gone to back in the day.

The album features eleven new tracks that pay homage to the 90’s sound with banging kickdrums, marching snares, hoovers and breakbeats aplenty and is just the latest addition to the 90’s revival scene that we reported on previously.

Artists on the compilation come from the UK, France, Netherlands, Russia, Ireland, Germany and Australia as well.

If you miss those amazing old skool days (or nights) of going bonkers to music that is both insanely fast and hard then you’ll want to pick this up on release.

If anything, it will spur the label and artists to carry on creating new style old skool tracks so if this is your thing then supporting it will help provide more sonic delights for your ears in the future.

Who are Rave muzik?

Rave Muzik started back in 2017 with the mission to combine the 90’s rave sounds with modern production techniques.

The people behind the compilation of new artists is Peter Nitscke, AKA Stormtrooper and Al Innes who between them run the Rave Muzik label as part of a larger collective of labels such as Makina Scotland, Motormouth Records and InfeXious Hardstyle to name a few.

They set the label up to bring the classic rave sound to a new generation of ravers as well as give something new yet familiar to those that had been there back in the day.

Where Can You Listen Or Buy The Album From?

Back to the album itself, there will be a multitude of ways to hear it, from Spotify and other streaming outlets to being able to buy it direct on Bandcamp.

The preview we’ve heard makes it well worth the £9 price it will be on sale for.

The full list of artists and track titles are as follows.

  • DJ Elmo – Take Me Higher
  • Stormtrooper – Destinatum
  • Cyclonixx – Nation of Love
  • Hysteria – Happiness in Hardcore
  • Project XTC – Rave Revolution
  • Tekno Posse – In Ya Face
  • DJ Fireblade – Take Me There
  • Cyclonixx – Awakening
  • Fletch303 – Horripilation
  • SXF Thunderscream – Take my Hand 2021 (The Core Experience)
  • Streiks & Kratchs with Reactivate – Loyalty

Also worthy of a mention is that Crusaders Of Rave is unmixed so any DJ’s that pick it up will have a load of tracks to mix to your hearts delight and if you like the artists that you hear, then we’d recommend given them a follow on social media to keep up with any of their future releases too.

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Looking Back At The 1988 TV Series Of War Of The Worlds https://www.retroheadz.com/classic-tv/war-of-the-worlds-1988-tv-series/ https://www.retroheadz.com/classic-tv/war-of-the-worlds-1988-tv-series/#disqus_thread Thu, 07 Oct 2021 14:02:25 +0000 https://www.retroheadz.com/?p=10004260 war of the worlds 1988 tv series

War of the Worlds is a science fiction television series that ran for two seasons, from 1988 to 1990. The series is a direct sequel to the 1953 film The War of the Worlds. What’s War Of The Worlds About? I can remember staying up late to watch war of the worlds on ITV its carries on from the original movie but with a few changes to the original story line.  The aliens are revealed to actually be from Mor-Tax— […]

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War of the Worlds is a science fiction television series that ran for two seasons, from 1988 to 1990. The series is a direct sequel to the 1953 film The War of the Worlds.

What’s War Of The Worlds About?


I can remember staying up late to watch war of the worlds on ITV its carries on from the original movie but with a few changes to the original story line. 

The aliens are revealed to actually be from Mor-Tax— A garden planet 40 light-years away in the Taurus constellation which orbits a dying sun.

The ruthless Mor-Taxans have no compunctions about torturing or mutilating any human who gets in their way.

One of their trademark methods of murder would be gouged-out eyes courtesy of the third arm that would often burst out from their chest.

During the first season, the aliens are led by a triumvirate known as the Advocacy. They are a part of their society’s ruling class, overseeing the invasion force on Earth while their leaders, the invisible and never heard Council, remain back on Mor-Tax.

Outfitted throughout most of the season in contamination suits that pump coolant to counteract the killing heat of the radiation they need, they stay in their base of operation: a cavern in the Nevada desert, which is perfect for them due to the ambient radiation from atomic bomb tests.

They rarely venture into the outside world because without the Advocacy, the lower classes would have no guidance and be useless.

What Are The Aliens Goals?

Their goal is to pick up where they left off in 1953 by making way on Earth for the three million colonists heading in exodus from their dying world.

Their major objective in order to accomplish this Terraforming is to remove humanity from the planet.

The aliens’ hatred of human beings goes beyond simple prejudice.

Having come from a planet that can be compared to the Garden of Eden based on its description, the aliens see that humans do nothing but desecrate what they would call a paradise, and most importantly, a new home.

Without humans in the way, they can restore the vegetation, and better replicate the conditions of their deceased world.

To carry out a successful war, they seek out weapons (some of which are their own left behind from previous visitations), help amass their army, and engage in infiltration and all sorts of acts of warfare.

But to make things more problematic for them, they must also find immunity against the germs that befell them in 1953.

Now the interesting thing is this the Mortax are a foot solider race because the sun in there solar system is dying an alien world closest there planet is Mothrai (the master race of aliens called the Morthren) both aliens look similar but one is more advanced.

Is War of the Worlds Worth A Watch?

Well, the first season was brilliant it had plenty of gore and War of the Worlds constantly pushed the “acceptable content” envelope,

The series regularly featuring violence on par with the R-rated horror movies of the time. Gore is commonplace in the first season: dead aliens and their tossed-away hosts’ bodies melt in a grotesque puddle.

It was brilliant and the first season ended on a cliff hangar I couldn’t wait for season two.

Well the old saying be careful what you wish for comes to mind for this.

What Went Wrong With Season 2?


The first episode of season two of War of The Worlds had fast paced action that had me on the edge of my seat and at the same time a bit worried.

However many aspects that made the first season so compelling were rejigged or just taken out completely.

Norton and Ironhorse, two major characters from the first season, are killed off in the season premiere and replaced by the mercenary John Kincaid.

Not only were pivotal characters replaced, the aliens from the first season are replaced by the Morthren, from Mothrai who then  exterminate all the Mor-Taxan aliens from the first season for their failure to eradicate humanity.

Its now a total different series after the pilot episode, its darker and more depressing its unlike the original war of the worlds series as its a new alien race who are invading sadly it becomes more like Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

One episode in season two that did stand out was the time travel episode with the Mothrai leader going back in time to 1954 just after the alien invasion fails.

He then goes dressed as an FBI agent goes to the army base where the aliens are kept and gives them an antidote not to go into a suspended animation and carry on the invasion a part from that season two pretty much sucked.

Where Can You Watch War Of The Worlds (1988)?

Sadly War of The Worlds is not on any streaming service like Netflix, although the latest War of The Worlds re-imagining first broadcast on Fox is now on Disney Plus but that’s a completely different story.

The only way to watch it officially is on DVD or Blu-Ray you can the whole 2 series on DVD for £20 and to be fair its worth every penny and even more so if you are a fan of the book and the lore surrounding it.

Alternatively from a quick look there seems to be episodes on YouTube as well.

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8Bit Trip EP Shows The Humble Amiga Can Keep It Oldskool https://www.retroheadz.com/music/8bit-trip-ep-amiga/ https://www.retroheadz.com/music/8bit-trip-ep-amiga/#disqus_thread Tue, 21 Sep 2021 12:46:16 +0000 https://www.retroheadz.com/?p=10004229 8bit trip

Old Skool Hardcore like Happy Hardcore is seeing a resurgence of late and one of the main champions of the Old Skool sound is none other than Pete Canon with his new 8Bit Trip EP out now on N4 Records. Who’s Pete Canon? Normally you’ll see him showing his latest Old Skool breakbeat creations across social media and YouTube like any good music producer would do the difference is he makes it all with the original hardware and at its […]

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Old Skool Hardcore like Happy Hardcore is seeing a resurgence of late and one of the main champions of the Old Skool sound is none other than Pete Canon with his new 8Bit Trip EP out now on N4 Records.

Who’s Pete Canon?

Normally you’ll see him showing his latest Old Skool breakbeat creations across social media and YouTube like any good music producer would do the difference is he makes it all with the original hardware and at its core is the trusty old Amiga running software called Octamed.

It makes for some interesting and awe inspiring watching as he loads up samples into his old Akai samplers and shows how he gets around the limitations of the hardware to create authentic sounding Rave music. Its an interesting journey to watch from start to finish.

On top of this he has a collection of hardware from synths to mixing desks that would make any music producer go giddy with nostalgic excitement and it evokes a different era in music production which you probably thought was lost to the past.

Well think again!

Pete Canon has a new EP out that will really make old Amiga owners and music producers drop everything and take a journey back to ’92 where you were either spending most of your weekends in a chemical induced strobe and lazer induced daze or like me, were too young to go to them but managed to get a copy of a copy of a copy of the latest Fantazia or Dreamcape tape and couldn’t wait to finally be able to hit the raves big time like everyone older was doing at the time.

8Bit Trip

The new release called the ‘8Bit Trip EP’ is a full on Old Skool Hardcore and Jungle and none of it is emulated on new hardware and VST’s but made and run on the original hardware, with all its limitations to give it a level of authenticity that well, hasn’t been seen since the early 90’s heyday.

There’s 4 tracks each run across 4 channels with 8 Bit samples running at a maximum of three seconds each throughout and is impressive in its delivery of full on tracks that will take you back to that era.

Additionally and from a nostalgia point of view the artwork is literally a mocked up CU Amiga Magazine cover (with an actual sample pack cover disk!) and makes the whole package complete.

Where Can I Buy 8Bit Trip?

Now before you get all excited and run off to go buy it on Vinyl you might find that a little hard as there’s only 50 (or less if you’re reading this weeks, months or years after we published it), luckily it is available digitally on BandCamp, however if you want the whole package (and a very good one it is) then you better hurry before they are all gone and end up going for silly money on Discogs although you also get the digital versions for free if you buy the vinyl.

Either way its good to see that there’s life in the old Amiga still and we can’t wait to hear the next EP of ‘Bangers’ as the main man himself describes it and frankly we agree too.

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90’s Revival: The Return of Happy Hardcore https://www.retroheadz.com/music/happy-hardcore-90s-revival/ https://www.retroheadz.com/music/happy-hardcore-90s-revival/#disqus_thread Tue, 22 Jun 2021 15:09:55 +0000 https://www.retroheadz.com/?p=10004215 happy hardcore revival

Happy Hardcore, the bouncy, fast and frantic music genre that peaked back in the late 90’s is seeing a huge revival of late with new labels and artists bringing the old sound of the 90’s back. Thanks to the pandemic many would be producers suddenly had a lot of time on their hands and the cash to buy equipment and set up home studios so they could pump out new tracks ready for the eventual easing of lockdown across the […]

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Happy Hardcore, the bouncy, fast and frantic music genre that peaked back in the late 90’s is seeing a huge revival of late with new labels and artists bringing the old sound of the 90’s back.

Thanks to the pandemic many would be producers suddenly had a lot of time on their hands and the cash to buy equipment and set up home studios so they could pump out new tracks ready for the eventual easing of lockdown across the world.

90’s Rave Revival

As we accelerate into the 2020’s the sound that was derided by many back in the day is back with a vengeance along with Bouncy Techno, a simpler more techno edged sound that last peaked in the mid 90’s, so what is causing this resurgence?

Mostly it’s nostalgia as Happy ravers from the heyday enter their 40’s and see it is as one last chance to dance, produce and live the dream of having a label and the glory of having releases.

This core demographic is the one that partied hard in the 90’s and 2000’s before the inevitable settling down for family and careers took hold and where we all had to do grown up things because you know, that’s life.

Free Time To Produce

However, the sudden influx of free time and the rise of boutique labels with quick and easy distribution and producers who remember the Happy Hardcore sound and want to go back to their roots have been for many compelling reasons to jump on board and bring the sound of their misspent youth back for a revival that looks set to take hold.

Most of the new releases tend to stick to the original sounds, with the classic chunky and heavy kick drums, tons of Amen style breaks, hoover stabs and uplifting Korg M1 powered piano breakdowns

This classic style sits alongside tracks that are a natural progression of how it would sound after 25 years since the likes of Heart of Gold and Toytown boomed out of venues like the legendary Sanctuary in Milton Keynes.

This new sound updates the heavy kick drums and stabs with a modern edge that breathes new life into old and familiar sounds.

Hardcore Culture

The rise is also due in part to hugely popular podcasts such as R.O.A.R where they interview all the big names from back in the day across all rave genres with a huge focus on Happy Hardcore with interviews from the likes of Hixxy and Force & Styles to name a few.

There are also regular shows on Kniteforce Radio and The Bonkers radio show presented by the legendary DJ/MC Sharkey and DJ Brisk doing his Team Brisk shows on Twitch being just a small amount shows, interviews and media that is coming out.

Label’s, Artist & Producers

On top of this many old producers such as Euphony, DJ Kaos, Devastate have come out of retirement to bring their old and unique sounds back to the ravers alongside the plethora of new artists who are releasing tunes on labels such as El Capitano Recordings, Lazarus Recordings, Kniteforce Records, 4 The Core Recordings, Safe As Records, Second Drop Records and Rave Muzik a German/Scottish label focussing on the harder European sounds of the 90’s.

This constant stream of releases and in turn building up quite a following amongst ravers old and new.

We asked Steve Theobald also know as DJ Deluxe who runs Lazarus Recordings has been at the forefront of the happy hardcore revival and alongside doing the mastering for many labels we got his thoughts on the revival and growth of the scene.

“Happy Hardcore has been seeing a healthy revival over the last couple of years. I think lockdown has allowed people to re-connect with what they love and we are currently seeing a resurgence of labels, old and new, and some of the old artists are coming out to play again.”

Do You Want To Make Happy Hardcore?

If you’ve always wanted to make happy hardcore music then there’s plenty of resources out there to choose from.

There are tons of YouTube tutorial videos and sites that sell sample packs to get you started.

This is alongside free VST’s such as the excellent Rave Generator 2 which has all the classic sounds built in to it to get you started.

There’s also an active and friendly community on Facebook where you can get advice, share ideas, collaborate and get feedback from others doing the same.

Will It Last?

Well, it all depends if the revival flame gets passed on to the next generation of ravers and producers.

Could it be one last hurrah for the sound that for many is pure 90’s nostalgia? We think it will be fun watching it evolve just like any genre does.

Don’t expect the likes of Radio 1 to be giving it much airtime as the speed and energy of the music have never been about mainstream acceptance and thank goodness for that.

The main thing is that older ravers get to have one more chance to dance and after the last 18+ months of pandemic mania that can only be a good thing.

Perhaps in 20 years time we or someone somewhere will be talking about the revival of the revival again because we all know that, well, Hardcore never dies!

Have you got back into producing over the lockdown? What spurred you on to do it? Do you have any tips for would be Happy Hardcore producers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Acorn A World In Pixels Book Review https://www.retroheadz.com/retro-games/acorn-a-world-in-pixles-book-review/ https://www.retroheadz.com/retro-games/acorn-a-world-in-pixles-book-review/#disqus_thread Fri, 11 Dec 2020 15:04:25 +0000 https://www.retroheadz.com/?p=10004172 acorn a world in pixels book cover

Who remembers being at primary school in the 80’s and having a solitary BBC Micro at the back of classroom where we got to play educational games and on bring your toys into school day or around Christmas the teacher allowed you to play proper games on it? Well if you have fond memories of this innocent time which for many of us the first computer we had the pleasure of going on then Acorn A World of Pixels from […]

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Who remembers being at primary school in the 80’s and having a solitary BBC Micro at the back of classroom where we got to play educational games and on bring your toys into school day or around Christmas the teacher allowed you to play proper games on it?

Well if you have fond memories of this innocent time which for many of us the first computer we had the pleasure of going on then Acorn A World of Pixels from Idesine will let you reminisce about those glorious and simpler times.

Likewise if your parents actually for you one at home then you’ll see a lot of games that should evoke lots of nostalgia.

Long Live The BBC Micro

The BBC Micro may not have been as popular at home as say, the Commodore 64 and Spectrum although that was addressed with the release of the more gaming centric Acorn Electron which is also covered in the book.

However it may come as a surprise to many of you reading this that quite a lot of games did come out for it which for someone like myself who snuck a few goes at school if the teacher allowed it.

The book itself is heavy and comes in very sturdy cardboard slipcase that holds the 470 page book and has some lovely artwork on the front cover that gives a preview of what’s inside.

Starting off you have the table of contents which is handy to find out about a certain game and get there quickly, followed by the foreword and a bit of history about ‘Beeb’ itself.

But of course its all about the games that helped spark a revolution in home computing.

The Games, Magazines And Developers

Games like Elite, Aviator, The Way Of The Exploding Fist, Arkanoid and clones of arcade hits like Galaga which was known as Zalaga as well as games that never saw the light of day being featured on the system are covered in the book.

The book also has tons of information and insight on the magazines that were around that supported the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron along with interviews with the key developers of the games that helped kickstart their long careers in gaming.

A lot of love has gone into this book and it shows throughout and whilst we don’t want to give too much away fans of the system and its games will be in their element.

What Retroheadz Thinks About Acorn A World In Pixels?

Overall this is a must have for those that have fond and fading memories of early 80’s BBC Micro gaming and we’re glad it out to chronical the history of the niche and often forgotten about system that at one point in the 80’s everyone had a go on, even if it was a quick blast in the classroom.

At just under £30 for the book, it may not be something that the casual retrogamer can stump up for but for those that remember the innocent days of gaming at home or in the classroom on the system it may just be exactly what you need.

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Acorn A World In Pixels Book Review
Worth A Purchase
There's a lot of love and history that's gone into this book. If you have hazy yet fond memories of the BBC Micro & Acorn Electron then this is the book you've been waiting for!
Good Bits
A huge book
So much history
Bad Bits
Price might put some people off buying it but it really shouldn't
4.6
Retroheadz Score

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