Helsinki Savagery

a3331792435_10 Helsinki Savagery is the long awaited first full-length from Helsinki (duh, of course) hardcore metal crossover thrashers, Foreseen. This record had a long way to be finally released, but it’s almost like an tradition to Finnish hardcore bands, that producing a full-length record takes it’s time to come out. With Foreseen’s case, as they say; “all good things come with time” and if you have followed the band’s career, you’ve noticed it like me, that with every single release, the band has grown. Their metallic hardcore, that originally flirted with influences from crossover and pure metal realms, has turned the other way around into crossover with hardcore influences and with this they have definitely reached into their prime. I really fucking loved the first 7″ (ok, right from the demo tape) and after it released Split 7″ with Upright (who are, if you don’t know, the hardest “newer” band from Finland for some time) and at that point they were still more hardcore than metal. Structural Oppression 7″ offered us newer side of Foreseen, thrash metal influenced mayhem with crazy screams provided by their bass player at time, Dimi (a.k.a. Bon Jovi). What seems really cool is that kids of metal and hardcore scenes both have taken Foreseen into their aim with the new lp and it actually is already nearly sold out on vinyl (European part of the pressing is sold out, USA still should have copies at least in record stores / distros).

Helsinki Savagery presents everything perfectly, what this band has become, unrelentless, fucking tight riffs and speed that matches the great one, yes i’m talking about Slayer, all other (thrash metal) bands can fucking suck ass. I’m not totally putting Foreseen into heavy metal field though, cause there is influences still so deep from hardcore too, that they should be labelled as crossover, if labelling is neccessary. You can hear bands from the Cro-Mags, (from early to their crossover era) Agnostic Front, Leeway and Carnivore in there without searching too deeply and all that has been put together into vicious burst of thrash metal. Vocals sound raw and fit in to the music perfectly, there aren’t not too much of those “cleanish” vocals, that often are present in thrash and crossover, i mean more Carnivore, less german clean sung thrash. I’m pointing out all this cause i really aren’t that huge fan of metal (unless it’s paired with hardcore or punk) at all, i love my Slayer records and some bunch of GOOD crossover and yea some metal too, but i’m very picky. Ok, so if you now decided you hate me, i really don’t give a fuck, since you too love Foreseen, so just read on.

20 Buck Spin (USA) and Take It Back Records (Germany) put out Helsinki Savagery and it’s released in most possible mediums, that music consumers still use, so you got tape, cd and vinyl versions to choose from. As i mentioned, vinyl is almost sold out worldwide and selling out a whole pressing in a bit over month after it’s release is pretty fucking sick, i think they are considering a second pressing of the vinyl. Take It Back had few tapes still available some time ago (NOT sold out!) and cd is available everywhere so you’ll get this record on one form or another if you are interested. If you live under a rock or just came across Foreseen just now by some accident, the band released a teaser 7″ for their Euro tour 2014, with two tracks off the LP with Death Injection /w B-side Market Target, if tou copped that one you might have a quick preview of what’s to come. Now it’s finally time for some Slam SWAGgery!

Slam Savagery kicks in (your teeth) Helsinki Savagery with furious thrashing and mid tempo riffing as a taste of what’s to come straight into Death Injection, that tells tales of death and drug abuse with very tasty heavy riffing, chorus will make your head bang and then it’s time for some fast rushing in the pit and finally it all ends into gigantic moshpart that again activates the pit, may it be two-step, spinkicks or whatever your style is. The Prowler continues with ultra-speed tempo and sick guitar leads, but also displays how these guys got the sense for great mosh parts and that lovely mid tempo heaviness. Next up is b-side from the tour single, Market Target, that starts with sweet leads in there. By this far you might hear too, that Helsinki Savagery doesn’t sound like overproduced clean modern metal record, but it has very natural sound on all aspects, instruments and vocals, Black Floyd’s Analog Studio has done spectacular job with the recording here (the studio is ran by Carpe Diem vocalist, Tapio Lepistö). I think that on Helsinki Savagery things sound pretty cool, it sounds really like a good heavy / thrash metal record from the 80’s, but without everything that might have sucked in production, i mean sometimes records do sound like they were recorded inside a trash can or something. Back to the action, as for a pure mosh anthem and direct crash course about the influences on this album we got; Bonded By United Blood, that tells quite a bit by just it’s name. As you’ve probably this far realized, these guys can handle their instruments, so Interlude is just pure jamming, readying you for Structural Oppression. This song is old aquintance, if you have followed Foreseen at all, here this is a fresh version recorded again for Helsinki Savagery. Delusion Of No Consequence is another mid tempo smasher and it features some backups from the drum section as Mårtenforcer drops in on the chorus for some growls and for the rest of this track, you got all you need right here, fast part in the middle of song and a mosh-inducing chugging dancefloor sweeper at the end. Ending the record is another older song, again re-worked, Paving The Way, it was originally released on Foreseen / Upright – Split 7″, but fits in rightfully as the finale for Helsinki Savagery.

If something, Foreseen have defined their style to perfection with this record and there is no doubt that it will please equally the hardcore and metal scenes. Helsinki Savagery is one hell of a ride and i encourage everyone to take it, if you loved this band before, you will definitely like what you will hear on this release. Few years back there were only a small handful of hardcore bands who were going after this style of crossover and those who actually succeeded on it, we’re pretty much Power Trip and Iron Age (on and after their 2nd LP), but Foreseen is topping their game 100-0, you really know this when you put this LP on and let that wrecking ball hit you straight intothe face.

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Return Of The Real: Interview with Fury Of Five

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Fury Of Five was introduced to me quite early when i got into hardcore music back in early 2000’s, it seemed to be a band, that people would either love or hate, but for some it was a band that they dug, but thought somehow it’s embarassing to like them or something really whack like that. I always embraced Fury Of Five from the start, i got hooked from the first album i bought, it was their 1:st full-length, No Reason To Smile cd. Now in 2015, the band that broke up after their third euro tour back in 1998, is back for good and they are doing a tour in Europe in February. With a new 7″ coming and lots more on the way, i decided that i need to ask for an interview. This is e-mail interview is done with James Ismean, who resurrected Fury Of Five to bring the band back to all those who never got to see them back in the day. Big thanks to James, now read up.

KTL: Lets start with very basics, could you introduce who is playing in Fury Of Five today?
James: Dave Devastation, Sean Guillotine, Derrick Haymaker & Johnny Warbeatz 

FOV goes way back in the 90’s, how did Fury come together originally back in the day? 
Fury formed in early 1994. My band Position Of Power had broken up so I was sitting idle. Mike Terror met Jay Fury at an AA meeting and was jamming with our first drummer Mark. They were looking for a singer, so Mike called me because we had history. Mike was in my first band Locked Up In Life. I went to check them out, named the band Fury of Five and we wrote our first song called IOU Nothing. The rest is history…

I know you played in Position Of Power and Locked Up In Life prior to FOV of which the later one did couple demos, were there any other bands and did POP record anything?
No other bands, but Position of Power did record. I just haven’t uploaded to the computer because the recording isn’t that great.

Your sound has always been very unique and for what i think, about NJ back then when you started, most bands seemed to do whatever they wanted regarding mixing influences. Bands like FOV, E-Town, Burnside and so on, played very original style of hardcore, their very own, where you took influences in the beginning of Fury?
We all had different band influences from metal, hardcore and rap. Biohazard, Sepultura, Slayer just to name a few. Lyrically I write from true to life experiences and the heart – reality being the main influence.

I’ve read that you have mentioned in several occasions that Ritchie Kruth (from Wisdom In Chains) has been pushing you to start playing again for some years. What’s up with that, can you tell a bit more about why you wanted to get the band back into the stages?
Rich is a great friend of mine. He has kept me relevant, as well as Fury, since our break up in 98. I never really wanted to do it out of respect for the OG members or even thought I could pull it off, but as time lapsed and none of them wanted to play due to internal personal differences, I decided to make my first attempt to try it with other players in 2010. That was Chris Mushmouth’s first Tsunami Fest. Chris played bass and that’s when I first met Dave and John. Doc from God Forbid played guitar as well. A lot of controversy came with that show, which we called the Fury Jam, but it was a success despite all of that. In 2013, I was offered This Hard Core Fest. Dave and Soda were down, Derrick and Sean joined us, we practiced hard, and killed TIHC 2014.

And to continue the topic little, what did the original Fury guys think of about the band getting back together? Was any of them even interested to start play again?
I wanted to do it for the fans that still support the band regardless so I reached out hoping they would be interested, but I was told that they couldn’t play for different reasons. Jay blessed me to do both shows and Mike showed some interest but later changed his mind, so these new guys stepped up and now real is back.

You played Fury Of Five show with Mushmouth/Out To Win & BFL -guys few years back at East Cost Tsunami, it was prior the new Fury band members, but was it like a launch point for the return of the band?
Not really. It was a great show but all the hate deterred me from wanting to continue. That’s where Richie coached me and told me “you are Fury and nobody cares who plays the instruments.” It was something really hard to wrap my mind around until we played TIHC. Then I finally believed I could continue without the original members.

Now that you have played couple of shows and recorded old & new material with the new lineup, how you feel about kids receiving you guys, i watched the TIHC set and it was at times really crazy?
TIHC was great but the scene and attitude has changed. I think it has a lot to do with crew violence here in the states. Hopefully that’s not the case in Europe. We’re also 17 years out of the loop with many different generations who have never heard or seen us. It’s kinda like starting over, but we’re ready for the challenge and determined to win over the new hardcore generation.

You released Takin’ Respect -video early this year with re-done music, it features Karl of Strenght For A Reason and your son J-Rock dropping some lines, how have people received that song?
I think people like it. It’s updated and freshly recorded. The updated recording has Mad Joe Black from Wisdom In Chains, Karl from Strength For A Reason, and Jeremy from Lifeless on it as well as my son. I though it was a great song to re-introduce ourselves.

Regarding Takin’ Respect i have to ask about the original too, it had feats from Ant Money of E-Town and Joe None of Second To None on vocals, are you still in touch with those guys and was the NJ scene real tight back in the day? You guys did also together the Want It All (Rap remix) -track. 
Jersey was tight back in the day and I tried to look out for all the local bands. When we went away, so did that mentality. We just played with E-town at TIHC. I know those dudes well. All great guys. The other fake you mentioned is dead to me and that’s all I say about that.

As you know there are many stories about how crazy times could get with Fury Of Five, New Jersey and maybe hardcore overall back on ’90’s and the book that is in works of Fury Of Five, you know anything about what’s up with that project? 
Haven’t heard much about the book. That was also being written on the thought process that FOF was over forever, which we now know is not the case.

You always had an reputation of not taking shit from ANYONE, that led the band to all kinds of situations in the past. How are things today, do you see that there is these days have called down the scene so there isnt’t need for street justice and hostile situations?
I still have the same attitude but at 47 years of age, I have mellowed out a bit. I’m not looking for hostile situations but if they happen I will absolutely handle myself. I’m just back to play music and that’s it. I’ll leave the fighting to the young bucks lol.

Okay, enough of old shit, your new 7″ is coming out soon via Fast Break Records it’s titled; “Real Is Back” and it features 2 old songs re-recorded and a brand new one, how did it feel to be writing new material again after so many years?
Awesome. The new song is called Real Is Back. I couldn’t ask for a better song for us to write. The fellas did a hell of a job. That song isn’t on the 7in, though. It’s only available on the digital download of the 7inch.


You have also shot Real Is Back video, when that will be released? 
Very soon.

On recording / release front, what are your plans next, a new full-length maybe? 
We are working on material for a full length that’s already named “Welcome To Evolution”.

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Fury Of Five is also hitting Europe in February and i’m sure that there is shitloads of people over here who are waiting your return here, it’s been a while since Fury went on tour, what kinda memories you have from you last tour in europe? 

We were there 3 times. There were good shows and bad shows. The Dynamo Fest is one of my great memories. So many bands, 3 stages and thousands of people. We also played with Misfits which was an honor. Had some good fights over there as well lol.

This tour seems to have pretty cool dates, you are playing also in places that US bands don’t usually play like Finland and Czech Republic, how the tour came together? 

Martin from No Turning Back / Stronger Bookings hooked it up. Respect to him for bringing us over there.

I’ve heard from some of my friends that when you played first time ever in Europe, you played also in Sweden and there were some kids who traveled from Finland to see you and they remember you guys were so stoked about it, that you gave ‘em shirts and all, any memories of that? 

I don’t specifically remember that, but I know I’ve hooked people up in the past. I appreciate the love and respect from the fans of Fury. I never put myself above the crowd because I am the crowd.


You’ve had you
r crazy past on tour, like beating up a band that you toured with, want to go into that story at all? 

Not really lol I have apologized to most and am friends with some so there is really no need to tell those stories anymore.

What expectations you got with this tour and do you have any other tour plan currently regarding other parts of the world or the USA maybe? 
I’ll take it one show at a time and do what we do. The times have change and crowd participation is not what it was so I don’t know what to expect. As for touring, it is hard since we all work, families, and responsibilities but we are working on things so that we can tour the west coast and Japan.

 

Lets talk a bit about hardcore scene in general today, how you feel about it since you have been around for a good while, is everything the same, better or worse in the states in your eyes?

 

Worse for sure. Nothing is original and all the music has been done. PA (Pennsylvania) is probably one of the best places for hardcore right now in the states. Jersey scene is ass. NYC always maintains itself and thrives. Not sure about the rest of the states but I don’t see it getting any better or united.

Bands, is there any new bands that you are into, specially what’s good in NJ?

In NJ – Sicker Than Most, Lifeless, Old Wounds, and Suburban Scum. On the West Coast, LionHeart, and of course Wisdom In Chains, Madball and Strength For A Reason.


I think were pretty much done here, i want to thank you guys for answering the questions and taking time to do this interview and see you in Finland! 
You can send shoutouts or whatever you want to say here in the end?
 

#realisback #harderthanever

Listen the new track Real Is Back at Fast Break Records Soundcloud here;

Don’t forget to order Fury Of Five – Real Is Back 7″ at Fast Break Records and for your FOV merch needs hit up their own webstore here: Fury Of Five -Bigcartel store.

What Makes Us Tick #1: Olli Hänninen

Welcome to a brand new feature of Killing The Legacy, in 2015 we’ll make lots of more action happen here and hopefully put out a record of two, who knows! I’ve been working on a idea to include some guest posts for a while and finally we’re going to feature the first edition of “What Makes Us Tick”. Idea is that i asked some of my friends, fellow writers & band members etc. to make a write up for a record, that has made a huge impression to them. I give a lot gratitude to Andrew for this, since this kind of a version of his new site, No Echo‘s sections “In The Beginning” and “Albums We Love”. I really hope you find these posts as interesting as i do.

First What Makes Us Tick guest is Olli Hänninen. You might know this guy from old Turku hardcore bands such as; Hate Unit and Confirmed Kill. These days he is doing his thing with Ronskibiitti and he is also a world famous skwee lord, Claws CosteauLet’s hear what the guy has to say about…

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At some point in the early 90’s I bought Bad Brains 3rd studio album I Against I from the used CD section of a local record store Kane Records in Turku, Finland. I was a greasy haired indie- and alternative music fan in a flannel lumberjack coat and 12 holed Getta Grip combat boots, slowly turning back towards “harder” music after the shame of 80’s hair-metal haze started to settle down a little. That time I was drawn towards punk and hardcore, but the love for 80’s thrash-metal would re-flame later on when it wasn’t such a taboo anymore. Bad Brains was not a completely new acquaintance. It was familiar from the pages of late 80’s skateboard magazines and even from MTV’s Headbangers Ball. There was always something very intriguing in this group of four African-American Rastafarians who, as if the world would have sidetracked for a second, had chosen to play music in a fairly Caucasian way: hard and heavy. Being a somewhat voluntary victim of the late 80’s funk-metal craze listening to Faith No More, Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, Living Colour and of course The Red Hot Chili Peppers it was actually weird that I hadn’t really listened to Bad Brains before I bought that Instant Records German CD issue. It was a game changer for sure though.

The very intro of the record already promised something spectacular. At the same time hard and groovy, threatening and soulful. As the intro slipped into the title track it left no questions. This album was what my life had been lacking so far. It shamelessly combined things I for some unexplained reason held dear: hard, alternative music and Afro-American youth culture with a flavor of Jamaican roots-reggae and dancehall vibrations. Even though the sound and production of Ron St. Germain may not have stood most gloriously the test of time they are still a crucial part of the record and what makes it so magical. The remarkable and original style of musicianship and the captured emotions wouldn’t be the same without the thin guitar sounds and that horrible reverb on the snare drum. So in this case I’d have to say: fuck a re-master. The only thing that made me uncomfortable listening to the record was the freaky sounding and out of tuned vocals on Sacred Love. I’ve grown to forgive it as I learned the reason later on reading The Dance Of Days by Mark Andersen and Mark Jenkins: One can’t really record perfect vocals through telephone while locked up on drug charges.

If I had to pick a favorite track out of the record it would be Re-ignition. The guitar riff on this slower mid-tempo jam is in all its simplicity pure genius and the heavily reggae influenced vocals are haunting and fateful. Crushing breakdowns of the song really kills it. Re-ignition is a schoolbook example of what it is to be chill, cool and relaxed but at the same time being hard, cold and fatal. (In this analog cool and cold are each other’s antithesis.)

When it comes to American hardcore music, in my books Washington D.C. is winning. Even though New York, Boston and Cleveland have a special place in my dark and scarred tough-guy heart, the loving, emotional and liberal hippie side of me hands the trophy to D.C., the birthplace of the straight edge movement, Dischord Records, Minor Threat and Bad Brains. During the times of Quickness Bad Brains was accused of being anti-gay and homophobic. They lost a lot of love in their politically correct hometown. As a basic snot-faced bozo from northern Europe I know and feel that their views on said matter rises from cultural differences. Homosexuality was and still is a subject that is strongly being objected in both African-American and Jamaican Rastafarian cultures. Making a fuss about cultural differences is almost as narrow minded as are the views and thoughts of some right wing extremists. I tend to keep a more open mind especially when it comes to music. If I feel the music and enjoy it I let myself do so despite the lyrical content. I don’t care if the gangsta rap I blast is anti-Semitic and sexist or if the Oi! and black metal I occasionally enjoy listening to is a bit suspicious. I don’t let it shape my mind. As a homo sapiens with a fairly functional brain I’m able to tell myself I don’t have to obey musicians or agree with them. I don’t have to hate songs or bands if I don’t share their views. For example I don’t agree with Velvet Undergrounds glamorizing stance on certain intoxicants but it doesn’t prevent it to be one of the most influential bands in the history of modern music in my opinion. At the end of the day it’s all just punk rock anyway so fuck it! That’s why I can say Bad Brains is as it stands the best hardcore band, possibly the best band ever. Paul, Gary, Darryl and Earl: thank you for being my The Beatles.

Olli Hänninen

“The writer is a fat, white straight edge dad who dreams he was a drug dealer from Compton”

Primeval: Sworn Vengeance x St. Hood

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One of the most important labels in europe today is relatively new label from Paris, France, that concetrates on releasing only perfection in all of the aspects of their releases. One man operation is run by my man, TONR, vocalist of the infamous heavy hardcore hitters, Providence. Now with his label, he also known to the world as: Knives Out Records. I’m going to conduct an interview with him in near future, where we will get more in depth about the whole label, art and it’s future, but now i’m going to concentrate on the newest “knife”, this offering is known as; Sworn Vengeance / St. HoodPrimeval Split 10″.

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I was very stoked about hearing that this release was in the works, since St. Hood is one of the best Finnish hardcore bands ever for me and i’ve followed Sworn Vengeance for many years, not to mention that they did pretty impressive comeback with their new cd/lp, …And With This Hammer Of Vengeance. It’s pretty cool thing too, that these both bands are well known in their local scenes, but not that big outside their own countries. Primeval split 10″ has a theme of “bridging the ocean”, this split and Providence / HoodsAces Split 7″ both share the same idea of bringing two distant bands & countries together. If you aren’t yet familiar of the concept that Knives Out Records has, you should know that the releases they put out are aiming to be nothing but exraordinary, in every sense of the word, all details have been perfected to match the quality. Knives Out -releases are put out high quality heavy picture vinyl and varying regarding the release, they have few different sleeve styles available. Mostly presented as “classic”, “pre-order” and “deluxe” -editions, these are meant to be highly collectible records, but still maintaining pricing very reasonable and pressings, that do not run out instantly. My copy of the record is one of deluxe version, that features different sleeve than classic and pre-order versions. You can see below how the sleeve has been cutted to fit into bat and ape skulls. Artwork is something Knives Out obviously take very seriously, so as Tonr works a lot of it himself, he has brought in excellent artists too to match the dedication he is putting to this slabs of wax. Some of the artists that have been working with Knives Out are Matt Worthey (Suicide Kings “Crown Of Thorns” 12″), Dave Quiggle (Providence / Hoods “Aces” Split 7″) and on Primeval Justin Kamerer, all of these guys might ring a bell, if you wear band shirts like most of us do. To add, of course these records are hand numbered and there is digital download card featured with the vinyl.

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I could go on lot longer about how awesome this release is only on based on it’s art, but i’ll let the photos talk instead of blabbing more about that. Music wise both, Sworn Vengeance and St. Hood offer up two tracks and a cover song each. If somehow Sworn Vengeance doesn’t ring a bell, brief recap for all you who are not familiar. Based in San Fransisco, Sworn Vengeance started back in 1998 , they came together when their old band Downshift changed it’s name, reason for that was simple, they wanted to play different style of music, notably very much heavier. Putting out several releases such as; My Friend The Violence demo (that was later released also properly on cd as a demo compilation), Abaddon cd and Domination cd, they made name for themselves and became known for their vicious and punishing metallic hardcore. They disbanded in 2002, but next year put out only digital release for their unfinished and released album; The Outstretched Arms Of Damnation. By the way, their bass player at the time, Carl Schwartz went on to form First Blood. First talk about reunion emerged in 2010, but it took few more years for them to come together, as in 2013 they went to studio to record …And With This Hammer Of Vengeance, it was released early 2014 in europe by Goodlife Records (cd) and in USA by Escapist Records (lp). They never lost their grip, since the new record is equally pummeling showcase of fierce heaviness, as their classic record, Domination is.

Primeval kicks in with a new Sworn Vengeance jam, Killers Of Gods , traditional metallic mayhem, that represents beautifully, what this band is about. Another one of their originals is a new rendition of old classic, Unresolved Issues Of Rage, that you might have heard on Abaddon cd or The Blood & The Chaos 7″. As both bands on the split have a cover song, Sworn Vengeance is putting their mark on Rage Against The Machine‘s classic track, Bulls On Parade and as everyone can make their own mind, if they dig it or not, in their defense i need to say, that they make the cover sound very their own styled one. If this sounds good, i strongly recommend to pick the new cd/lp i mentioned, it’s pretty fucking hard stuff and if you can find any of their older records, all those too are a must have for any self respecting hardcore fanatic.

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On the other side waiting is St. Hood, who are one of the finest and most respected bands, that Finland has to offer. Coming a good way since their demo back in 2004, St. Hood have dropped two full-lengths since then and appeared on few compilations. All material on Primeval 10″ is brand new shit and it’s the first time they release new stuff after 2009 release, their second full-length, For The Dead on Combat Rock Records. The Same One is delivering just what you might think, groovy hardcore, that doesn’t lack any of heaviness either. It’s also a kick into the teeth for all the doubters and disbelievers, who might have critized the band by any reason, St. Hood is coming strong with and they sound more determined than ever. Their other new track Let It All Out works out as great as the first, dropping driving riffs, that are combined into mid-tempo heavy groove, but don’t lack some melody in the verse, it’s just what you want to hear from these guys, solid stuff from start to finish. These both songs are really good and i just can’t wait to hear how their next lp would sound. St. Hood perfected their style of straight forward hardcore, mixed with heavy metal elements on very “street” level on their second album and these songs are very logical continuum of that, so let’s hope they don’t make us wait for so long ’till they put out something new. Aside being always really great band on record, they are excellent live and they are also very versatile when it comes to picking cover songs, as in the past they have played bands such as; Life Of Agony, Fury Of Five and Mötley Crüe. Now they continue that varying line with Beastie Boys‘s Gratitude and as did Sworn Vengeance, they make this cover sound like their own, very effectively.

I sincerely hope that this split release will turn heads in the USA towards cold shores of Finland and vice versa (even the US shore’s can’t be THAT cold, like here). In the end, Primeval split is amazing work of art and this kind of devotion to the medium of picture vinyl is nothing but admirable. I hope you enjoy Sworn Vengeance and St. Hood, support hardcore and independent labels, buy the records you enjoy and support bands by going to shows and buying their merch. Most of the Knives Out Records -releases are available through their website, that you can access below. Now, put them fucking jams on and wreck your room!

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Losing Touch

If you follow the Finnish hardcore scene you know, that i’m bit of lagging behind on releases that have come out in few late years, when it comes to posting about ‘em. You probably already know about the newest Bolt LP, True Colors and newest Cutdown 7″, Harsh Reality and i will get briefly back on them too, but for what i want to serve you now is another bit younger band, than those two older war juggernauts. In fact juggernaut, is a title fit for Upright as well, these guys (on this recording 3 guys and a gal) originate from Jyväskylä. Known as a home for On A Solid Rock, Rebound, Defend, Presley Bastards, Delta Force II, Security Threat (2/4 of the band) and more, Jyväskylä has definitely made it’s place in Finnish hardcore map. After starting their path in there, recently Helsinkicized band put out in 2012 one of the hardest 7″ records of late few years.

Losing Touch 7″  was released already in 2012, together by Helsinki based Collision Records, Swedish Green Menace and Germany’s Street Survival Records. This joint release was Upright’s first own 7″ and followed also very successful Split 7″, that they did with crossover maniacs, Foreseen (who they share a drummer with). This 4-song 7″ featured all new tracks and the groove, it’s damn right present here strong! Courtesy of that grooving and intense riffing goes to Upright’s guitarist Markus, who i in some point gave a nickname; “Mike Dijan of Petäjävesi” (it’s the town he’s originally from) cause this dude fucking shreds! So as a logical continuation to that, you could hear bands like; Breakdown, Crown Of Thornz, Everybody Gets Hurt, Outburst and Killing Time, when thinking of Upright’s style. I think that generally the whole point of the band from the start was to make hard NYHC with their own flavours, but for what i’m hearing about their new material (since this one  was released already 2 years ago, again sorry i’m lazy and slow), it’s really damn hard stuff and i can’t wait to hear what they got coming up. Back to Losing Touch, as i said, four songs, no fillers, all straight forward hardcore with nice twists and crushing breakdowns. I’ve really grown to like Niko‘s style of screaming, he’s a dude who gives it all out, raw and hard. Lyrically Losing Touch touches more personal issues, than standard hardcore topics. All songs are great, but With Time is probably my favourite out of them, nice COT-esque riffing and that breakdown in the end, just pffft and you’re losing your mind in the pit. So if you still have somehow missed Upright (they’ve toured couple good runs in Europe too), check them out right now!

Listen Losing Touch here in it’s entitety, as well all their previous efforts (Foreseen -split 7″ and Demo);

 

Upright -live at Anterok 4.

 

Upright -Facebook

Recordstore X (Order Losing Touch 7″)

Brain Rot – Primal Rage CS

Brain Rot is a new hardcore band from Turku, that i’m very involved with. My mates Samuli (guitar) and Janne (drums) asked me to come try out vocals for their new straight edge band, which i did. Later we added Niko to bass and that was it, Brain Rot was complete. Musically we sound pretty old school and punk, if i may say so, but there’s influences from all over the board from Lockin’ Out -shit to Boston hardcore in general to Confront and Clevo styled stuff. It’s so hard to say how we sound but these comments might clarify something;

“Sounds like Lärm playing Youth Crew hardcore”

“Sounds like Today’s Waste”

We put out couple weeks ago our first demo tape called; PRIMAL RAGE, released as a joint by Poolside Records & KTL Records. It’s already sold it out, but we’ll have more copies later. You can also listen to the whole demo right here;

We’re down for playing shows and got a shirts for sale as well. Check us out on Facebook, as well if you like us.

http://killingthelegacy.bigcartel.com/ // “Hangman’s Hill” t-shirts available

https://www.facebook.com/brainrothc

Band contact: brainrothc@gmail.com

 

Killing The Legacy 30’s Birthday Bash

Yo, this has been up on our Facebook fro a while, but i’m gonna fill it also here so if anyone interested can attend too;

IF YOU WANT TO ATTEND THE SHOW, PLEASE EMAIL: killingthelegacy@gmail.com, YOUR NAME and then we’ll let you know more about everything. 

 

Killing The Legacy 30’s Birthday Bash is a combined birthday for me and Hanna, since we both turn 30 this year, inside a timeline of couple months, so we decided to put a show this year instead of 2-day event. 

Venue and address for it will be informed later, the date is 20.9. Saturday and place to be Turku city. 

 

Bands; 

Brain Rot – Turku Straight Edge Hardcore, first show ever

 

Väistä! – Turku Hardcore, fast and hard rocking’ stuff

http://vaista.bandcamp.com

 

Ronskibiitti – Rap/Hip-hop group that is more punk than most punk bands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er50thjX7Wo

 

Cross To Bear – Pori Metallic Hardcore mayhem, from ashes of Breamgod comes a new metallic juggernaut

http://crosstobear.stereokiller.com

 

Kill The Curse – Tampere/Helsinki/Jyväskylä all-stars, metallic hardcore that’s vicious and groovy as fuck 

http://killthecurse.bandcamp.com

 

We’ll inform door times etc. to everyone attending next week, support for the bands is 6€. 

More info (in Finnish) at our FB page. Remember to email us if you want to come! 

 

 

 

Nihilistic Dimension

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Alright suckas! We aint’t dead yet and it’s finally time to bring this shit back for real. Without too much yidda-yadda, let’s dive in headfirst back into depths of Finnish quality hardcore / metal.

Bloodlands is relatively new band, that already showed signs of itself few years back, when this mysterious (they had masks in the photos, duh) group first emerged to the scene. Members from various Lappeenranta, Turku and Helsinki based bands had got together to give their love of death metal and metallic hardcore a new outlet. It is actually totally irrelevant which band’s members they share, what i can say that they are all guys who have been around for years and their music will speak for itself.

This four piece recorded their first full-length roughly year back and after using some time searching for a label, they decided that it’s better to put it out by themselves. Nihilistic Dimension cd brings together love of technical death metal, grindcore, hardest parts of metallic hardcore and beatdown. With so many different influences, you could  imagine that it could sound like “modern metalcore”, that’s mostly known as; a fucking bunch of crap. Fear not, with Bloodlands, there is no shadow of doubt about that, they are concentrating only to deliver straight forward brutality, beatdown parts that will knock over even most of the ultimate german megamosh-riff machines. I hear also there and there similarity to my old band .45 Stainless (a band that sounds like german beatdown, but it’s actually good, heh) and Bloodlands has definitely taken a good competition to make their beatdown parts to be the heaviest they can, is this a challenge for .45 guys then? Mostly songs on the album are still very short and it gives this even more hardcore feel and i like to talk about their music as hardcore; you can clearly hear bands like All Out War, Arkangel, Kickback and strong influence (at least in sound) from H8000 -scene. I also sense influences being drawn from old Lappeenranta metal / deathcore bands such as  (the almighty) Shed and Martyr, but i don’t know if it’s just a style they maybe want to express with Bloodlands, that there used to be more bands like this. In the 90’s there were even more different sounding bands coming all over the country, as Carpe Diem is perfect example of that. Still, Bloodlands is very unique at the moment as this style of hardcore doesn’t really exist currently in Finland and Bloodlines are surely in the frontline on bringing this kinda style back up. In near future we hopefully see more of hardcore and real metalcore hybrids and as some already know there is a new threat rising in the shores of Björneborg (also known as Pori, you know?), called Cross To Bear. Not the get too much out of topic, i’m going to add that Nihilistic Dimension provides all that you want for a nice shot of heaviness, thirteen songs full of violence and brutality, just in 23 minutes. That, if nothing else proves that Bloodlands has dropped a hardcore full-length, ’cause they don’t clock over 25 minutes.

Again we just see that Finnish hardcore scene is rich in diversity of it’s bands and that my friends, if fucking amazing thing. You can check in some tunes from Nihilistic Dimension right here;

http://bloodlands.stereokiller.com/mp3player/player.swf?id=60589&autoplay=false

And here’s a full live show from Anterok 5;

Bloodlands on Facebook

Bloodlands “Nihilistic Dimension” CD in Recordstore X (Worldwide shipping)

To add in the end, there’s lots of good things to come and lot planned for Killing The Legacy in 2015, it will be a new start for us.

KTL Classics: Cold As Life

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When you first get into hardcore, there are always bands, that strike you harder than others and will most likely stay important to you remainder of your life. That if, if you are still into hardcore after your first two or three years. I can remember clearly, that it was year 2002, when i first hear this band called, Cold As Life from Detroit, MI. My Own Worst Enemy, was the track and it was sent to me by Pekka of Worth The Pain, a friend from Lappeenranta, as to showcase some hardcore bands, that i might be into. After getting interested and listening couple more songs, i straight away started to look for both Cold As Life’s full-lengths that were out, Born To Land Hard and The Declination Of Independence. Back then, internet wasn’t yet so easy place to buy all your records and shirts from, it actually took some time to finally find both albums. I had my luck in Spinefarm Records store (long defunct record store of a Finnish metal label, that still exists today) , that had a shelf for hardcore records on finding Declination cd and some time later in my hometown Turku, a second hand record store called Blue Cow, provided me a copy of Born To Land Hard.

Impact that Cold As Life made to my perspective of hardcore as music and lifestyle was indelible, their sound, looks and lyrics left a huge impression. Those guys were not just living a fantasy of  hard men, they were the real hard men and you could see it straight away when looking at their band photos. When it came to the music, rough looking guys would of course deliver music that compares to their outlooks, intentionally or not, first i really didn’t even understand what i was hearing. Their music, it was pretty much heavier than anything i’d heard, it was rough, in a way that metal bands (of any sub-genre) can not ever be. Pure aggression, anger and the cold, cold streets of Detroit shine through their music and the tragedy of death of their original singer Rodney “Rawn Beauty” Barger‘s death and the outlet of this all in hardcore music had created such a sound, that none could ever match. Truth is that there never was no band like Cold As Life before and there never will be anyone who can match them in sheer ferocity and real impression. I am forever haunted by the fact that Cold As Life played in Finland back in 2000 and i was just few years too young, not yet to have gotten into this music called hardcore.

So why i was so impressed about Cold As Life, probably because they were among of the few first really heavy hardcore bands, that i ever heard and after finding more information about them, i just loved the realness of the music and the fact of how hard as it truly was. Cold As Life was the sounds of the streets, voice of these fucked up and fed up guys, who wanted to say whatever the fuck the had to say and they did not say it nice and polite, that makes an impression, that tends to stay with you.

IMG_3713.PNGAs i mentioned, in the start, Cold As Life had different singer than Jeff Gunnells, who’s vocals are familiar with everyone whose heard the two full-lenghts. Original singer, Rawn Beauty, fronted slightly different sounding band though. Cold As Life called their music “destructopunk” and there were much more hardcore punk and oi! elements in their music back then. Rawn’s vocals were only featured on the first Cold As Life demo and that material is found on 1988-1993 cd compilation, that Gunnells put out on their label, CTYC Productions. It was different than what you’re probably used to, when hearing Cold As Life, but it sound really familiar still, since there are many songs , that would later make it to the full-length cds. It’s really cool to hear how same songs sounded very different with Rawn and Jeff on vocals.

 

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(Artwork of Cold As Life “First Demo”, scanned & sent by my mate Henrik Nielsen of Bring Honour Or Walk Away)

IMG_3711.PNGAfter Rawn was killed, Jeff took over vocals and they did two more demos before they went on to record Born To Land Hard. All records this band put out, excluding Cold As Life / Ringworm – Split 7″  and BTLH/TDI double-cd re-issue, were self released by the band on CTYC Productions. Colder Than You Crew was infamous and appears on many occasions connected to Cold As Life, those dudes looked like you ain’t gonna fuck with any of them. One of the records that i always have to mention as my all time favourite hardcore record, Born To Land Hard is one of them. It’s one of the few most vicious, venomous and heaviest sounding records i know. You could say that they played heavy hardcore in a time when the style of hardcore, called beatdown wasn’t really even invented in a sense, there were a lot bands at the time doing heavy and beatdown styled stuff, but it wasn’t a thing back then, it was all just labeled under hardcore. If you listen to Little From The World off Born To Land Hard, fuck man, that verse riff is pretty much all mayhem, chugging heaviness that’s more menacing in heaviness than any of today’s “heavy crapbucket beatdown band’s heaviest riffs”. Thats not even all, Cold As Life liked to do shit heavy and that was the way it was. Born To Land Hard kicks of with legendary screaming guitars of the title track and then hits the riffs in, if that ain’t something, that makes you swing like you want to make people swallow their teeth, nothing ain’t gonna do it, or you just like fucking bad hardcore. If you ask me, pretty much all songs are so hard, so if you haven’t heard this shit, you should start to listen right now.

 

 

IMG_3712.PNGAfter BTLH, Detroit’s hardest band continued on with another record, The Declination Of Independence, their second full-length. Musically, it was very much alike to Born To Land Hard, but production was a bit cleaner, nothing like today’s standards of clean as fuck sounding hardcore records, Cold As Life always sounded pretty rough and it suited them perfectly. Declination had also older song that appeared first on the demo with Rawn and on 1988-1993 cd, called I Can’t Breath. This album is really, just like Born To Land Hard was, like more of a brutal beating than just a hardcore record. They continued their style as hard as ever and introduced a new vision of violence with songs like; Days Born Amongst Enemies, Tried & True and Who Holds The Truth, just to mention few. I have really hard time to say which one of their records is actually better, cause both are pretty much perfect as a real hardcore record can be.

 

 

I can’t really fucking address it enough, kids today seem to have no connection or caring about the history of hardcore music. Maybe they dont just care, maybe its not cool, whatever it is, that is a fact that there were hundreds of amazing bands. Some of them were million times better than any of your “hype jock favourite band”, that pretty much just wants to look and sound like Trapped Under Ice (who actually are a good band and have come up with quite original sound, that other bands started to jock, of course). Take a look, take a listen, take a fucking trip to your music’s roots, you might just find tons of amazing bands by just looking a little bit back. If you haven’t noticed, we live in the age of internerd, it ain’t that hard find little bit information.

Cold As Life had lost many members along the way and the band got separated from Gunnells on some shit already years ago, in 2007 they played some shows and an euro tour with Enzo of Dogz Of War on vocals. In future for CAL, it’s a question what will happen, if anything, since for what i believe Gunnells and rest of the band aren’t in contact at all. Jeff is also currently in prison for armed robbery, waiting to be released earliest in 2023. Gunnells played on one point in White Thrash Rob’s project Ramallah, years back. Some other guys in this band have their hands in hardcore scene still today, Mike Couls has played in many bands like; Agents Of Man, Vehement Serenade and Sworn Enemy, to mention a few. Of all them other guys, i really don’t have any clues if they have played in other bands or what they have been up to after Cold As Life went in hiatus again after that 2007 activity.

IMG_3714.PNGMost classic and known Cold As Life line-up, L to R: Johnny Hate (gtr), Mike “The Gook” Couls (bass), Roy Bates (drums), Jeff Gunnels (vocals) & The Big Dawg (gtr).

There is/was a documentary in making of Cold As Life, i don’t know what is the status of it since it was to be funded via Kickstarter i think, if it ever comes out it’s really interesting as the trailer here shows;

 

I’m going to end this post with something pretty cool, here is the whole set from 2000, when Cold As Life played in Finland, they played three shows here, in Turku, Lappeenranta and Helsinki. Here’s the Helsinki show in it’s entirety;