eMusic Review 0
For a couple of years in the early '90s, Belgium ruled rave culture, spewing out a series of innovatively abrasive tunes that rocked rave floors across the world while also upsetting droves of house and techno purists, who saw the style's brutal bombast as eradicating techno's links to black music altogether. Belgian techno's secret ingredients were indeed strictly Euro: a strong dose of Electronic Body Music, that stentorian dance floor-oriented offshoot of industrial, and a pungent tang of classical music, especially the more sturm und drang-y Carl Orff/Wagner sort. Out of all the Belgian hardcore hit-makers, t.99 had the most crossover success, reaching No. 14 in the UK charts with 1991's "Anasthasia." Its hook is a hard-angled stab pattern playing a choral sample from the famous "O Fortuna" sequence of Orff's Carmina Burana. The four mixes here are fairly indistinguishable, with the "Out of History" version perhaps having the edge.