Euro-trance, also known as hands up, emerged as a hybrid of hard trance and eurodance music and was most popular between late 1998 and 2000. It usually has around 140-145 bpm, a bass which is generally quite heavy, many breakdowns and big rifts, and often uses female vocals. These elements make Euro-trance to be less sophisticated and complex than other trance sub-genres and this fact is accentuated by its commercial sound with a primitive lyrical content and renderings of classic happy hardcore anthems. This is why most Euro-trance compositions result in happy sounding melodies. Many people associate this genre with techno, but gradually Euro-trance music moved away from this genre and developed a synth sound of its own.
Typical Euro-Trance style is closely related to uplifting trance and often confused with vocal trance because generally it employs vocals in its tracks. The difference is that Euro trance tracks are characterized by more enthusiastic lyrics and upbeat tunes, characteristics which are also reminiscent of tribal trance. Most representative artists include: Cascada, DJ Sammy, Groove Coverage, Pulsedriver, Special D.
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