he has the point, it sounds same, like it was made with the same sample over and over by untalented being lacking producing skills...
the *CENSORED* you posted is not hardstyle, its a brostyle - a mainstream mid range oriented noise aimed at the kids blasting it trough cellphones and jumping around saying POMP POMP POMP!
Only an american would use term "brostyle" for hardstyle lol (cuz dubstep is like the first successful electronic genre finally gaining a significant ground in US and hence I suppose you used the dubstep->brostep reference but there exists no such term for hardstyle though). Officially it's all "hardstyle" which I linked to but inofficially people talk about "early hardstyle" (actually this is quite officially accepted term for example hardstyle.com has a different category for "early hardstyle" and "hardstyle") but what you hear people talk about in forums (I spend daily my time in harderstate.com which is the most enthusiastic hardstyle community around) people talk about "early hardstyle" (what you linked to) which was like the era of 2001 - 2006 and started with 135 bpm and later went to like 145 bpm, "raw/dark" (Chris One - Psycho, concidered one of the rawest/darkest around but B-Front, Adaro etc is typically making very raw style for example too), then we have the new wave of euphoric/melodic/emotional hardstyle which started around 2007 and has exploded around 2008~2010 and today seems to be more common than the other kind even to the point grumply early HS listeners have started to feel they must hate on it for the sake of defending their own preferred style, mostly Theracords fans and the keyproducers here currently would be DJ Thera and Geck-O but since these kind of HS just gets less and less stage-presence the feeling can be very tense these days so you gotta watch your mouth in specific parts of the forums. :p
Anyway it's not worth educating me about hardstyle, I'm as involved as can be, I just happen to to prefer the more melodic side of HS but that doesn't mean I can't appriciate well produced early hardstyle and dark/raw tracks too, in fact I often prefer the old reverse basses of early hardstyle compared to the more softer kicks as of today but the overall atmosphere of the tracks I tend to prefer more euphoric/melodic and emotional hardstyle which didn't exist in the past.
I'm also a very good friend of a talented upcoming quickly growing producer which always sends me samples for my feedback and I also even keep mastering hardstyle tracks for him and some other upcoming producers. So yea I know a thing or two about this genre.
Music is always evolving, so is hardstyle, for some for the worse, for others for the better, it's down to taste as usual. I personally can't stand "hands-up" hardstyle. ^^
Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 10/8/12 at 8:24am