This years KTL Fest is as you might have noticed bit later this year, but at least we pulled it out and it’s happening, which is the most important thing. We got awesome lineup on both days and i’m happy to see few of my very favourite bands play this year, who haven’t yet played KTL Fest. Also this will be glorious (or not so, we’ll see) return of Ill Omen on the stages, it’s been pretty much 2 years (FUCK) since we have played a show. So it’s going to be an amazing weekend for sure overall, looking forward on seeing everyone, friends from near and far in Turku in couple weeks!
We have two local businesses supporting our fest this year, so please do yourself a favor and check them out.
Skin Craft Tattoo Shop
More about them and their possible special deals regarding the fest etc. will be informed on our Facebook page later, near the actual dates of the fest. Introductions on both day’s lineups are also on the works, so look forward for them soon as well.
It’s again been awhile since i’ve gotten back into action, writing real posts about bands. It’s mostly because i find hard to find time to write and also a lack of inspiration of writing this blog. It’s not useful or “allowed” anymore to share music, even if it would be OLD, OUT OF PRINT, or genuinely RARE, there’s always going to be more trouble uploading music, than not uploading it. I’ve always been one to encourage people to BUY music, the records i’ve ever posted are only solely posted for the reason people would heard the stuff and after it also track down and buy it.
Anyhow, whats up next is that i’m going to start write about Finnish bands, old and newer, to write down some information (how feeble it ever may be) about them. Maybe post online links to check some of them out and so on.
I had numerous old Finnish hardcore demos posted on original KTL site, but all that is gone forever, so i’ll have to start again from a scratch. Posts of bands like Morning After and TKU Blindside, that are still online now, are kind of example for what im talking about.
Hardcore has it’s history and our scene is like no other, even the old and forgotten bands. I’m all about my roots and of this scene’s, it is the legacy that should never be forgotten, where everything came from and who built it.
It’s kind of weird to see old bands get from “the playing couple re-union shows time to time” to back into stage of full-blown bands, that write new music. In some cases it has worked out perfectly, probably best example being one and only Earth Crisis. Years back, they disbanded for a while, but soon continued, writing excellent new music to this date. LA’s Strife is in same category as EC, being one of the biggest straight edge hardcore bands of the 90′s, but as we know they stopped claiming to be a straight edge band, long time ago when they first broke up. After coming back and writing (by my opinion) not very good album (Angermeans), Strife was around a short time and quit again, playing couple re-union shows during years. Since their last leg of time to time reunion shows, the band seemed to get more serious, so they started writing new music. I’ve been a huge fan of all early Strife records, so while i knew Angermeans was pretty bad record, i thought that they wouldn’t probably anymore go into that direction with their new material, so i was very interested to hear how they would sound. Earth Crisis did the same thing with Slither, otherwise perfect discography was off shot with horrible album, but they as well returned to glory and triumphed after their break-up and so has done Strife. I don’t give a fuck if they aren’t sxe anymore (even it was a big part of the band’s history) and i respect that if they play those songs that distinctly touchs subject of the straight edge, they have some friend who is edge to sing that song (i.e. Force Of Change) and after listening to Witness A Rebirth, the new album, it feels just like it what should have been happening after In This Defiance. They have managed to keep the spirit and direction of their original style very alive with this new album. I really was kinda surprised that Witness A Rebirth really sounded so damn good, cause even interested, i didn’t have any expectations how it would maybe sound. Classic hardcore only how Strife know how to do it.
I strongly courage everyone to check out the new album, it’s best thing (with newer Earth Crisis records and Vision Of Disorder‘s new LP) that an older band, that has made a comeback, has done. Rick Rodney sounds as fierce as ever and everything else is soundwise and songwise in it’s place, it’s classic Strife in it’s finest form. Pick it up if you like it, i’m definitely dropping an order for this sucker right now.
Listen Witness A Rebirth as whole here.
Check out Portland, Maine’s CRUEL HAND and their first new material since their excellent LP, Lock & Key.
Video is done for a new song called Cheap Life, that is featured on a 2-song promo tape, that the band is selling by themselves.
You can check the video on vimeo here;
And to order the promo tape or / & a new shirt if you’re into it, pick a combo:
Cruel Hand -Facebook
Turku’s currently pretty much newest hardcore band, Broken Ribs have gone and decided to call themselves now as Bad Rep. With name change they bring also a new release, their first actual, actually. Putting out a demo last year, they have done and written new shit, that’s going to be featured on new tape they’ll be having pretty soon. Demolition tape features bunch of new tracks and one older one, if my memory serves me correctly. These will be available on few next shows and as well straight from the band and quantities will most likely be very limited so act fast. My boys are also hitting the road this week, since they’re playing hometown show in Turku next Thursday and travel to Sweden for a show in Norköping Saturday 10.11. Now you can listen first track off Demolition tape. Them dudes got merch on the board as well, so pick that shit up and support independent hardcore.
BAD REP -Facebook