Punk

Here To Dissapear

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One of the records that i had been waiting to come out for some time now finally saw light of day in last December. Helsinki’s (previously and originally Jyväskylä based band) hardcore heads, Upright, finally got their new 12″ record out. This slab of wax was released by excellent Polish hardcore label Ratel Records and familiar from Upright’s Losing Touch 7″ and Foreseen’s Structural Oppression 7″, Collision Records out of Helsinki. Promises of a new stack of groove ridden dijan-esque mosh anthems didn’t let down as Upright has put out their finest release to the date by adding in new elements into their music. One of the most notable things in this band is that their guitar work exactly ain’t no regular riff work, as Mr. Pekkanen reminds me a lot of Crown Of Thornz original guitarist Mike Dijan, but with his very own distinct style on it. On the new 12″; Here To Disappear, Upright has gone heavier and darker, without forgetting any of that groove and i feel there is also incluences from bands like, Fury Of Five and E-Town Concrete, subtle and even intentional or not, but definitely there. I’ll adress it here still that this ain’t no rap rock or anything whack shit, NYHC still reigns strong as an main element of Upright’s music and bands like Outburst and Breakdown do hear a lot in their music and you could compare them to Subzero as well, since it has always been a band that works with very different styles of parts in their songs (those fucking breakdowns are crushing!). Ok, so now you should have a feel of what to expect when you drop the needle on black, red (Ratel exclusive color) or blue (Collision exclusive color) wax and let the band take you on a ride through Here To Disappear 12″.

On this 12″ Upright offer us six new tracks starting with Isolated that works up an intro right off to that groove-ridden heaviness i’ve been talking about; “Actions speak louder than words“. Flash From The Past has really strong classic NYHC feel, it reminds me of Madball on their better days, but with just heavier riffs that are mixed up with COT styled instrumental guitar leads and Niko’s fierce growling’s urgency that fits in perfectly to the mix. Last of the three tracks on the A-side is record’s title jam, Here To Disappear and every time i listen through this shit, it amazes me how damn heavy this band sounds and songwriting wise these dudes just kill it. It’s one of the things that makes me like this shit so much, it’s not in any way on a regular hardcore on a regular template, they do whatever they feel like and i love it, just listen this song and you’ll hear those melodic, yet heavy as fuck riffs rip it up like no other! B-side doesn’t dissapoint either, The Flipside kicks it with a sick guitar solo and by now you should already noticed that the record hasn’t been recorded in a studio that has polished every little detail of the sound, as Black Floyd’s Analog Lab has done an excellent job with Upright, as it did with few latest Foreseen records, so check them out as well (Upright shares two members with them too, in case you didn’t know)! You can hear everything pretty thorough on this record and the roughness just gives these songs more edge. Outside Looking In moves smoothly between heavier parts into more mosh friendly territory towards the end of the song; “To walk on the wildside, to live and die, outside looking in with no ways to get back in”. Drowning finishes Here To Disappear and it’s pretty cool that they give a nod to one of the finest bands ever from Finland on this track with lyrics, you heard of Down My Throat, right? As i already mentioned probably couple of times, Upright definitely has put out their best record this far and i guess we’ll just have to wait for a full-length or something next? You can check this shit out right here and please support your scene, drop your dimes straight to the band (they got shirts too) or the labels by picking the 12″.

Upright -Bandcamp (listen all their releases)

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Ratel Records -Homepage

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Collision Records -Facebook

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Mukaudu


Väistä! is without a doubt the best hardcore punk band that has emerged from my town of Turku in many years. Originally masterminded by Alley Gods & Ill Omen -drummer Teemu (aka Roippe) solo project, Väistä! started few years back and has put out two 7″ records, but also grew into a full fledged band during the process. After Alley Gods went into hiatus and Ill Omen was going on/off, around 3/4 years back, Teemu had his project already ready to go on in full blast, at least on idea level. Soon after recruiting guitarist and long time friend Lauri (from Alley Gods) to help tracking what would become Väistä! S/T 7″, he probably never guessed how well this little project would storm over whole hardcore/punk scene. Drawing influences from all kinds of groovy hardcore punk, early 2000’s Boston “bust” hardcore (Guns Up, Mental, Righteous Jams and such) and classic driving rock ‘n roll, combined into “every day man’s problems” -lyrics screamed fiercely in Finnish, Väistä! have developed a proper recipe for how to jam hard and deliver. First 7″ record was an early success and was well received, as second 7″, Sivuraiteilla (Sidetracked), followed soon in an year and it was as successful as the first one. In this point the band had already regular solid line-up (Teemu -vocals, Lauri -bass, Lari -drums and “the mysterious frenchie” -guitar) and they went on playing shows all the time, with all kinds of bands all over Finland. Last summer Väistä! concentrated in writing and recording the record everyone has been anxiously waiting as next chapter in Väistä! discography, the first full-length: Mukaudu (Conform) LP.

Funny fact, we offered to release Mukaudu LP on Killing The Legacy Records together with the band, but as Väistä! got better deal from two local labels, Burst Of Silence Räkälevyt, they decided to go with them. I’m just glad that the guys have the record released and are happy with the deal they did with the label, but as how good record it really turned out to be, i would have been happy to be the one who put it out, haha.

Mukaudu LP is offering us ten new Väistä! tracks, few of these might be familiar to those who’ve seen them live recently, such as; Humalistonkatu and Unelma Auringosta -that was also first single off the record as a video (see below). Record will be on a gatefold sleeve and will be out on couple different colors for the collectors. As an intro to the album starts with Pysäkki 955 (Bus Stop 955), that is an instrumental prelude with violins and acoustic guitar, ending into a buss opening it’s doors and then, it’s time to bust it! Humalistonkatu (that is of course a street name in Turku) kicks in trademark rocking Väistä! groove, it’s a song about drinking out and living the dream in weekends. Unelma Auringosta (A Dream Of Sun) continues and starts to build on the sort of lyrical theme of the album, a worker, work itself and how it affects everything. Tässä Ja Nyt (Here & Now) brings in another old bandmate, as Oskari from Alley Gods steps in to drop lines in this track, giving it a bit of Alley Gods feel of a song too. There has to be a fix for the old school fury too and here it’s position is filling Työläinen (Worker) where the pace is stepped up into old school hardcore bursts, combined with heavier breaks, while in lyrics the common workman is judged by the bosses for being stupid for accepting his own job contract. Mitä Jos? (What If?) starts up with bit melodies in riffing, it’s riding nicely with sick guitar solo and ends up with certified mosh starter breakdown. Ahneel On Paskane Loppu (Greedy Has A Shitty End) features Niko from Upright (who also put an stellar 12″ out a while ago, yeah review is coming too), dropping some raspy growls and it’s weird to hear him singing in Finnish, even it sounds great. Kultasormi (Goldfinger) is not an James Bond song, but an essay about how fat rich people need to make the most money out of anything they are into, oh yeah it’s also an sick punk rock jam too. Totuuden Henki (Spirit Of Truth) throws in hard ‘n heavy riffs that drive even in nice mid-tempo heaviness towards the end of song. Rankkaa (It’s Hard) ends the album with a song about people complaining about meaningless things and it features again some nice leads from Mr. Clezio (the guitarist).

Väistä! have the perfect balance between rock ‘n roll drive and hardcore fury, the mosh artists have not been forgotten and still there is speed and roughness that punk and rock -folks can appreciate. That all put into really great lyrical content (that’s unfortunately only in Finnish), Mukaudu is definitely an record that i recommend every fucking one to pick up! Most of Väistä!’s songs are over in barely few minutes, so even just i picked the records yesterday (mint green and black available), i’ve listened it through already so many times and getting really psyched about these songs, it’s such well put together album. It feels like the record is already over when you put it on and flip in the middle, some would say it’s too short or something, but i find it to be excellent length and just advice you to put the needle back on on continue to jam on this, as this is quite probably the best Finnish hardcore punk LP this year.

Why believe me, go see them live, listen and judge them yourself, here’s few tracks off the album (and their both previous 7″ are found on their bandcamp):

Väistä!  – Unelma Auringosta -video

Väistä! -Bandcamp

Väistä! -Facebook

KTL Fest 2015: Foreseen

Helsinki crossover maniacs, Foreseen has been doing big things in 2015. Their debut LP, Helsinki Savagery, has been the best record to emerge under file crossover for years and years. Fusing hardcore and crossover thrash into perfect form, Foreseen did also play This Is Hardcore in the summer and busted 2-week US tour. So you could say there is a lot going on with these guys!

Yo Foreseen, how’d its going in the swag slam camp at the moment?
We just wrapped the summers shows. After ktl we are taking a short break to finish writing new songs that we are going to record in december. The year has been mad busy this far so its good to slow down a bit cause we still have a one tour left to do.
You played your first US tour in the summer, that was kicked off by show in This Is Hardcore, not bad at all, what kinda experience was that tour overall?

America was really great for us and we are definitely going back. First it was pretty surreal to even be touring the states but it felt pretty natural after couple of shows. TIHC was the biggest show we ever played and everyone was pretty nervous before we went to the stage but we played a good Solid show and got some good feedback. Great experience overall. Joe hardcore gave us some encouraging words in the backstage: if you can swim in the lake you can swim in the ocean, if you can play a small stage you can also play the big stage.

All of your hard work touring DIY and playing countless shows paid off pretty well, cause its pretty rare that euro or Finnish bands get to go to play in the US, i understood the US tour was also partly self booked, with help from stateside too, was that a hard job too?

Well we worked together with the power trip guys to book the first week of the tour and we also got help from Henry from electric assault records to book the second one. It was wasn’t that hard to book but still took a lot of work.

Your first LP, Helsinki Savagery has been on the lips of everyone who listens punk, hardcore and metal ever since it came out, did it come out as you expected, you must be pretty pleased on how all scenes have received it?

LP was received better than we could have hoped for so we were really happy. Of course there are things that we would do a bit differently now but nothing major. We play all types of shows these days and the record have been received really good by all crowds from punk to hardcore to metal.

Going from hardcore more into crossover on the LP, where you think Foreseen’s sound will be going in the future, you got a new 7″ on the works i hear?

We think that we have found our sound so there wont be any big changes in the new songs, obviously we dont want to repeat the LP but i dont think thats going to be a problem. We have a really good feeling about the songs that we are working on now and we want to exceed ourselfs with the next record which will indeed be a 7″.

Will there be new shit heard on KTL Fest Saturday? 

We are going to feature a one new song from the 7″ in the set at ktl. Pretty exited about that!

Thanks a lot!


Foreseen -Bandcamp

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KTL Fest 2015: Alley Gods

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Alley Gods 2015 (Oskari 2004).

Alley Gods are the guest of honor for this year’s KTL Fest, they have been laying low for a while but while talking breeze with them guys at Oskari’s (AG vocalist) wedding, we kinda made up the idea that they need to do some kinda special show. They realized that Alley Gods is turning 10 years this year, so what the fuck, and they were booked! For those who have not heard of AG before, they are straight up hardcore punk rock band, that used to play a lot shows and put out more records than any of our other bands almost combined, haha (they still put out only few). Poolside Records was as well tightly involved with the band, as they pretty much put the label together to release first Alley Gods 7″. It’s gonna be really fucking something to see Alley Gods back on track on KTL Friday, it’s gonna be like, well, pure mortal combat? Here’s their catch-up’s. 

It’s been a while dudes, good to see you guys back on stage soon, what’s up Alley Gods, how are things in 2015?

It’s quiet mainly with Alley Gods overall, but this show is something we’ve been looking for some time. We’ve had so much fun playing the old songs again in the rehearsals and the songs also bring us lot of great memories from the past also.

Alley Gods is turning 10 -years this year and you are now playing special show to celebrate that, does this also mean that ”hiatus” you have been now for a while will end or is this just a special one off show?

This is a special show to celebrate what we started as dumb kids 10 years ago. We don’t have anything planned in the future so far. We are not going to quit the band, but other bands are taking the time from this. When we feel like it, we wanna do some new songs and play shows again. But we can’t say for sure when it’s gonna happen. So maybe see you again at the 15 years anniversary show with the same songs? Hehe.

You guys are active in other bands, notably Väistä! (Teemu and Lauri) and .45 Stainless (Topi), has Alley Gods’s break been caused by your other bands or have you just taken it easy with AG by choice?

First we took it easy with Alley Gods and then VÄISTÄ! started to take all of Teemu’s and Lauri’s time. .45 Stainless is also active, so it’s a vice versa situation. Mainly we don’t have clear path of Alley Gods now and that is causing the hiatus. Lauri is taking almost all the responsibility now for our song writing process and he hasn’t been active writing songs recently.

10 years is actually quite a long time to be still together as same band in Finland, you pretty much are the oldest Turku hardcore band that is still active out of our generation’s bands (Reckless Crew, Unloyal, Ill Omen, Get Stitches etc.), share some best memories from along the way?

YES! that is amazingly long time for a hardcore punk band, maybe we’re just too dumb to quit? We believe that it’s partly caused by the fact that we were best friends before even starting this band and we still are. Many of the bands that quit have been gathering musicians who are friends or not so well known to each other from the start and the bands are image of a certain time period. If a key member wants to leave the band, you either quit or find a replacement. The Turku scene is not so huge so sometimes it feels best to just quit the band.

But the memories! AH! So many good memories with this band, as well as few bad ones also. We started in Teemu’s parents garage as a punk rock band. When Oskari joined, things got more towards hardcore punk. We moved to one school bomb shelter and from there to Orighetto. Along the way we have been playing mostly in Turku, but also the main cities in whole Finland and two shows in Russia also. The best shows we’ve done are probably in Lohja. Just in a crazy venues like summer cottage or rehearsal room where anything could happen. Alley Gods has always been a real party band. We are not the tightest playing band or the most sober one, but we’ve always had lots of fun. The memories of playing in old TVO venue are of course the best ones also, but it’s hard to point out a specific show. We’ve played there like 1000 times and sometimes even two times a week so you could imagine it’s our home base.

So as expected, AG 10-years show will be something special, can you give us any hints about what will happen when you get back on stage? Thanks a lot guys!

This is something special! We gonna play songs throughout our whole career and from all of our albums: Demo (2006), S/T 7” EP (2009), Correcting wrong opinions-CD (2010) and North state of mind 10” (2011). Also expect some great covers we’ve done along the road! Let’s have some fun in TVO and party like it’s 2000 and motherfuckin 8!!! Thank you and see you soon!!!

Alley Gods -bandcamp

Alley Gods -homepage

KTL Fest 2015: Väistä!

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Väistä! stands as command for dodging, or standing aside. That’s how their music sounds like, it comes with full blown volume full of all that good punk rock ‘n roll mixed with hardcore backbone. From known to play drum in Alley Gods and Ill Omen, Teemu, the man behind Väistä!, went and became one of the best frontmen in Finnish hardcore today. Now he sheds a light on what’s up with Väistä!, who have just finished recording their much anticipated full-length!

Väistä! -started as a solo project of Alley Gods drummer Teemu, who did pretty much everything for this band at start, then it turned into a full band, let us know who’s who and what’s up with Väistä?

That’s correct. I started making songs for the new band first in late 2012. The idea was to do straight forward groovy rocking hardcore punk and sing in Finnish. I had the first batch of songs ready in 2013 January. We recorded Demo out of those with Late, but it never got released. After a while I did 5 new songs and I wanted really to make a 7” EP out of those and gather a real band around this. During the fall of 2013 the line-up was ready: I (Teemu) am doing the Vocals, Late is grooving the Bass, Mr. Bango Rickman doing magic on the Drums and mystical Finnish-English Frenchman Frans Clézio is shredding away his Guitar.

You put out two 7”, where from you originally took influences when writing those records and did it affect a lot that the full band was present when writing the 2:nd 7”?

I always have this idea in my head what would the finished song sound like. What would drums do in specific part of the song, where would guitar solo fit etc. I can’t really say what my main influences are in writing songs for VÄISTÄ!. I’ve always listened a lot of different music, mainly Rock n roll, Pop, Heavy Metal, Rap and lot of different punk and hardcore also. We always work the songs in specific way. I bring the finished song to the rehearsals. I play it through with guitar and tell what are my ideas about the drums, guitar bass, guitar solos etc. Then I start singing to the song and the guys just make the song alive with their playing: They add their own spices to it and make it little by little the final version that it’s going to be. So it did affect in a good way that all the guys were present in making the second 7” and you can clearly hear it. Bango can do all kind of things with drums that I can’t even imagine, Late were first time focused on doing great Bass lines and Frans is basically one of the best solo guitarist I have ever heard.

You have also recorded your first full-length record during the summer, what kinda material will it contain, is the direction similar with your previous 7” ’s?

The direction is quite similar yes, but we all agreed that these song are the best we have ever done. Now it’s a full-length album so there is little more variability within the songs than in the previous EP’s: Some songs are more heavy, some are more rocking etc. We are also so excited about the whole process. The album is recorded via analog tape recorder and by far it seems that it is the best sounding record anyone of us have ever done. So expect it to be released late 2015 / early 2016 and expect it to be a BLAST!!!

Väistä is pretty much the hottest punk rock / hardcore band from Turku for some while if you don’t count bands (also fucking exellent) like Kylmä Sota and Kieltolaki, things have worked out pretty well with you regarding shows and all, in the past Turku bands (specially more ”metallic” hardcore) never got that much shows out of town?

Well first of all thanks for this honour. VÄISTÄ! has been very active from the start and somehow people have really found us. Since the first rehearsals with the whole band, we all felt some kind of ”magic”. Things really worked out and the songs really came alive. I think that people in the audience can feel this as well. Also with a catchy name, Finnish language and our live performances, we have gained the reputation we have now. Some Turku bands in the past have been very active and some not so active. You need the right contacts of course and I think that this has helped us a lot also. We all have been in the hardcore scene for about 10 – 15 years and now when we have a new interesting band, people want to see us live as well. We want to thank all for the support and we want to play more and more so don’t hesitate to ask us to play at your venue!

Do you guys have anything special planned up for the show on Saturday, or is it just gonna be pure hardcore punk ’n roll fuck you!? (You should play Blood For Blood -covers, ok?) Thanks!

Hmm that’s an interesting suggestion. Have to keep that in mind for the future. We gonna play a lot of new songs and couple of songs from the previous EP’s also of course. Expect a in-your-face groovy hardcore punk rock n roll show with a feat from one of the best band in Finnish hardcore scene! We are so thrilled to play again in the best event of Turku: KTL-FEST! Thank you!

Väistä! -bandcamp

Väistä -facebook

KTL Fest 2015: Sattalite & Metakolibri

  
It’s certainly not easy to describe what happens when this trio hits the stage, Sattalite & Metakolibri are a three man band that forges together everything from rap, hip-hop, noise, punk and between. They are pretty much performance act as they are intense and loud live performers, little bit odd bird on otherwise punk/hardcore oriented show, they are still definitely one of the most interesting acts to witness on KTL weekend.

Sup sup, Sattalite & Metakolibri, short introduction who are you, who does what and what the fuck is up?

Sattalite: Im music enthusiast who mostly loves 80’s music, travelling and be around the nature.
Metakolibri: Man who loves different masks, fan of Stevie Nicks, The Unthanks and Kool G Rap.
No strangers in local rap/hip-hop scene, you have been around for a while, but how does this project differ from the previous groups you have been in(Vieläki Lepposaa, Martinmäki etc.)?

This project feels more spiritual and less commercially compromised. We go there where music leads us.

How would you try to describe how Sattalite & Metakolibri sounds and what is that you want to achieve with this band?
Music sounds like disco with blood. We want to sound progressive while having fun on the stage.
You guys have some connections to hardcore / punk scene with Sattalite working with Ronskibiitti, who have played lots of hc/punk shows, but do any of you have any playing background in this kind of music?

S: I had a punk band with my friends back in 2004. We made two songs, one with music video and second song ended up in to our skatevideo. Band was called “The Spirits”.
MK: In the mid 90’s I remember screaming my guts out in highschool band just to piss teachers off. After all these years I still dislike the “safetynets” in musical expression.
What can we wait out of Sattalite & Metakolibri, when you will hit the stage at KTL Fest? 

Due to our twisted sense of humor, we try to challenge the usual perception what people usually might expect from us.
Our drummer is on honeymoon, so we have hooked up with a local guitarist who is more known in underground metal scene.

KTL Fest 2015: M.O.R.A.

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Veera Uutinen / Uura Photography

M.O.R.A. have been doing their thing for a while already and are well liked in both punk and hardcore scenes. They were on a short break, but have again activated and put out a new cd/7″, went to tour and have been playing local shows, all this in short time after line-up changes! Suvi fills us in on what’s currently happening in their camp! They will be hitting the stage on Friday at KTL Fest!

Yo! What’s up M.O.R.A., you have gone through a few line-up changes lately, how did they go and how it has affected the band?

The first lineup change concerning our vocalist didn’t go all that smoothly but by going through needless shit we ended up scoring Ulla in the band which is by far the best thing that could have happened! Of course there’s always an “orientation period” when you recruit new family members (well at least I consider the band extended family) but we’re getting there for sure. There’s a lot of good energy going around now and I can’t wait for us to have the time to make some new songs. So all in all it was worth the trouble ‘cause now we’re solid as fuck man!

You released a new cd / 7″ also a while ago called Halveksunnan Aika, how has it been received and do you think does it differ from your first record?

Well actually I’m not all that sure how the new record has been received by “the public”, but according to reviews I’m inclined to think its not a complete piece of shit…I think this EP is even more metal oriented compared to our first CD and believe the lyrics and arrangements have gone up a notch as well. But in the end what do I know…

As well you hit the road again little while back, how was that trip, it was your second or third tour by far?

This was our third trip abroad so far. Being on tour is by far the best way to spend your time so for me every trip is a big ass success, no matter what goes on…and by god we did have the reality TV style “drama” thing going on (courtesy of our late singer) at times but that didn’t stop the rest of us from having a great time. It was cool meeting new like-minded people…never mind the free beer, fuck yes! I actually just wrote a tour report for Kancer Country and if Antti deems it printable you can read more about our times on the road from the next issue.

What you are up to currently as a band, any release plans already or are you just hitting the stage as much as often you can at the moment?

We had quite a busy summer so we’re thinking about pacing ourselves for a while, we’ll see how that goes hahah. The goal is to make some fresh songs with our current lineup so Amel and Ulla won’t have to spend all their time doing songs they had no part in making. That’s gotta suck in the long run hahah
So if all doesn’t go to hell in a handbasket we’ll have something new released next year…which we probably won’t since my motto for the band is “doing fuck all since whenever”…but a girl can dream, right?

Thanks a lot!

M.O.R.A. -Bandcamp

M.O.R.A. -Facebook

M.O.R.A. -Bigcartel

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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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

 

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!