Turku

We Are Thee Vile Fate

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Vile Fate – Demonstration Of Maleficium 2016 CS tape is now available in from KTL store. This is a new band that i’m involved in with friends from bands such as Bad Rep and You Can’t Keep Me Down. Recommended for fans of things all occult, dark and heavy metallic hardcore such as; Neglect, Kickback, Death Threat and Harms Way . Order a copy of interested;

http://killingthelegacy.bigcartel.com/product/vile-fate-demonstration-of-maleficium-2016-cs

Stream the whole demo in it’s entity here;

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: 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

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

 

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.

BAD REP. TCHC

 

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

New blood: Broken Ribs

Broken Ribs – Photo by Niko Kallio

KTL Fest 2012 happened last weekend and it was absolutely amazing, everything went well and altogether it was spectacular weekend. Always trying to add some new blood in the mix, this year we featured Out For Justice from Hyvinkää and particulary interesting case, a new band from our hometown Turku. Broken Ribs, who actually did get their name from the band’s mastermind and songwriter’s physical condition last summer, features familiar faces from long time running scene faces of the Turku hardcore. Having paid time in Anvils Drop and several other bands, Broken Ribs drummer Lari was caught in the mix by man of the riffs, Aku and together they started to make songs and work out a bass player and vocalist. After a while of training and trying out members, they picked local a madman, but generally really good guy, Mikko to play bass.  Vocal front was taken over by Pirkka, known from his work in Poolside Records and vocals for Reckless Crew & .45 Stainless, to name couple projects. This completed Broken Ribs’s quantet and what about the music, yes we’ll get into that in a minute.

Broken Ribs Demo 2012 dropped out just before KTL Fest went on and even i didn’t get a whole hear of the demo, only couple tracks, i kinda wanted that the first (and often best) impression would be to see them live. They played their first show on Saturday of KTL Fest and i have to say that i was impressed, the music those guys played was kinda matching on the stuff i’ve been hearing Aku and Pirkka talk ages and ages about, it’s all good shit; Mental, Guns Up!, The Wrong Side and Lockinout and Boston stuff in general, yeah there’s also a lot of classic NYHC influence, cause you just have to have some of that in this kind of hardcore. Broken Ribs adds a bit heavier touch on their stuff than classic Boston hardcore, that probably coming from direction of Cleveland, many of the bands guys being avid fans of Ringworm, Integrity, One Life Crew and so on. Also Aku used to play in Get Stitches!, who were fairly metal influenced hardcore band as well.

These guys recorded the demo themselves, with Lari and our common friend Lauri (of Alley Gods -fame) at helm, intheir training place. It turned out to be pretty good sounding and only minus, that’s really nothing, is weird echo in the vocals. When you think that this is their first demo, it’s really good quality overall and four songs is well good arsenal to demonstrate what their style really is. First track, Losing My Mind kicks in from heavy riffing into fast-paced verse, that slows up into a classic moshpart and it’s cool when right before the song ends and guitar hits those melodic chords. Next off, Weight Of The World, is little bit slower, but offers up some nice mid-tempo action and i’m all over this kind of stuff, i like my hardcore most as heavy and straight forward. Two remaining songs Thin Ice and No Compromise prove quite well that these songs are written in good time and rehearsed well and i have to say that there hasn’t been any traditional hardcore bands in vein of late Reckless Crew, Back Against The Wall and TKU Blindside, in Turku for some time, most bands have very metallic approach on their music, so Broken Ribs are bringing some fresh winds to our city. But coolest thing about this is that if you know anything out of Finnish hardcore, you should know by listening from which city Broken Ribs are and this is some real Turku City HardCore for you, my friends. I gotta say that this demo is pretty good and what comes on them performing live, they kicked ass and i’m looking forward to seeing them again. You can download the whole demo below (with permission from the band), or listen it through their Stereokiller -site.

You can listen the Broken Ribs demo at their site here;

Broken Ribs -Stereokiller

Broken Ribs – Demo 2012

For all contact regarding anything;

brokenribstkuhc@gmail.com

The Phoenix Foundation – No Love Lost

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The Phoenix Foundation is yet another band from the punkrock & hardcore scene of Turku city. These guys have been around for years and many of Phoenix’s members have played in local hardcore bands, over and through the years, such as Kieltolaki, Avoid Eye Contact, TKU Blindside and many others. TPF put out their first 7″ back in early 2000’s, around ’02 to ’03, so they’ve already been around for a good time. This unit has also been very productive one, they have put out on various different labels a good number of 7″, Split 7″ ‘s and already done three full-lenghts, that’s maybe even the most productive, as it comes to bands from our city.

No Love Lost is the third The Phoenix Foundation LP and it continues well the band’s die hard DIY ethics, most of the stuff music and merch-wise is done, designed and handled by the band themselves. This record is available on very fair price of 7€ hand to hand and 10€ shipped from Stonehenge Records, who’ve released the LP with Passing Bells (Jallu, vocals/guitar from the band). This kind of dedication to keep the prices low and the quality high, is very admirable thing, or at least that’s what i think. Musically The Phoenix Foundation has a home in punkrock, with wide influences (at least i think they sound like) from The Clash to Leatherface to Hot Water Music, they could be compared to many, but their sound is their own and it’s very unique in Finland too, there’s no band like them here, somewhat close i still could reference them on “local” bands such as, Manifesto Jukebox and maybe more even “hardcorer” version of Phoenix would be always excellent Presley Bastards, as well. TPF’s sound on the other hand, was crafted slowly into perfection, maybe, but it’s a sound very matured. On their earlier day they had rougher sound and more rawer, bit more straight forward sound, but still very melodic and emotional. I regard their second full lenght, “S/T” LP as my personal all time favourite of punkrock records out of Finland, it’s perfect, but No Love Lost doesn’t stay far behind. Ten song LP that The Phoenix Foundation has outed is opus of well crafted melodic punkrock, there’s so many catchy hooks, amazing melodic riffs and to top it, lyrics that fit for it all perfectly. While you could really easily drop this music, specially regarding lyrics, into category of “emo”, but i’ve always thought that this is more of heartfelt storyteller -styled, that a emo kid crying about losing girlfriends and mourning for the loves lost. In reality Phoenix Foundation sings just about those things and many others, but lyrics (written by Jallu) are very well written and don’t feel cheesy at all. Real life produces problems and their stories come out of it. Musically they have written a very strong album and while it flirts a lot too with even pop-like melodies, it’s still punk rock to me and with background that these guys have, it can’t be anything else than punk rock. For every single fan of melodic punk rock, i’m very strongly advising you to check out The Phoenix Foundation. There’s a good bunch of tracks from most of their releases in their myspace -site, even it might not be that often updated, you can check the songs and then pick up the records.

The Phoenix Foundation -Myspace

Stonehenge Records Mailorder (available; Falling LP (their 1st), No Love Lost and couple older EP’s as well)

Alley Gods – North State Of Mind 10″

Welcome back to new and improved Killing The Legacy website. I’m gonna start the new era of KTL with some hometown colours. Alley Gods, who’ve of i’ve written in couple occasions in past years, are again back with a bang. After their start, years back, they pulled off a great a demo, that had following “S/T” 7″ and a full-lenght album couple years back, titled; “Correcting Wrong Opinions”. Our mutual bro’s in Poolside Records have been standing hard on Alley Gods’s side and the brand new 10″, North State Of Mind is also released through PSR and this time they got Räkälevyt (Snot Records, as a free translation) helping them to release the vinyl. Strictly available on black 10″ vinyl + download code -package, North State Of Mind is indeed very different, yet still familiar outing from the AG’s.

With roots hard in hardcore punk, skate punk and hardcore in general, Alley Gods have, how’d i put it, oh yes, matured in a sense. Their main inspirations in the start were bands such as Minor Threat, Pitboss 2000 and alikes, but now there’s new winds blowing. Do not be afraid i’m not saying they have gone pop ‘n punk or anything, but there’s more diversity in song structures and different elements tested. Artwork for first is giving off very japanese-sort-of-feel, the logo, the photo and there’s similar styled photo on back cover as well, luckily there’s the North State -ripoff logo, that turns everything over american, haha. All in all artwork is pretty nice and i really really like the new logo, it makes me thing old japanese hardcore bands and crust bands etc. it’s almost death/black metal, but what i talked about it with Lauri (AG axe-wielder), he told me that it’s something about roots. Musically Alley Gods have been ambitious on their last few records, Correcting Wrong Opinions continued in many way the S/T 7″ ‘s style, but had more guitar solos, instrumental track and all kinds of new shit all over it.

North State Of Mind provides a good handful of nine songs and as things kick in with Shell, you’ll no doubt hear the solo’s and melodic riffing, i think they should keep doing solo’s cause these, even quite simple, are really nice and bring variety to the songs. Next song Under Pressure, sounds with so melodic youth-crew riff, that it could be a Champion song or something, haha. On the other hand Oskari’s vocals aren’t really what you’d expect from a posi-hardcore singer, so it’s not sounding that much really like it, but the riff is melodic and it’s pretty good. For what i’ve noticed when listening to the album, it has that feel on it, that it’s a quite well knit set of songs, everything seems to be well in place. I know these guys used to have mad fun and play crazy as hell shows, with half of the band crawling on the floor, too drunk to play, so it’s nice too see them (well they started to get serious already years ago, of course) mature with the music, they are serious about this stuff and it’s great.  Lyrically they have also gone more and more into serious topics, not totally forgetting humor, but to me this is the most serious record they have done, it’s about real world’s problems and things that bother them. Top Of The World kicks in as one of the best songs off the 10″, there’s all in place, good groove and they even throw a solo at the end of song. Other favourite of mine is Think You Got 9 Lives?, it starts with slow, but heavy riff with the groove, just to skip up the tempo into steady pace and it features some backup screams by my man Teemu (also from Ill Omen), behind the drumset. Then it’s time for their regular guest spot with Information Asphyxiation, that has Juuso (of Get Stitches!, Unloyal) dropping in and he’s almost doing the lead vocals here, cause i think Oskari’s singing a lot less than him, but it’s all good, dualing vocal ending here is pretty awesome. As the final track Alley Gods present their 10″:s title track North State Of Mind and it’s a curious song because it feels like the song is cut half, it starts up normally and when coming into the gangvocs part, that sounds somehow really weird in there, it’s like Bro Hymn, sorta and then the song just ends, what the fuck? But there’s a final track (i wish it would have been Lauri singing Katri Ylander -cover songs), it’s untitled and acoustic, kinda makes me think of The Phoenix Foundation, for real.

All in all Alley Gods have done a well good record with North State Of Mind, it’s certainly their most professional sounding album. And while i love my boys in the band and support them in as many ways i can, i recommend for all you punk / hardcore punk enthuastics to pick the 10″ and don’t say you ain’t got a vinyl player. Support your scene and check out Alley Gods if you haven’t yet. Here’s couple songs, as exclusive song we’re putting one track here for you that hasn’t been available anywhere online before (Top Of The World). Contact the band through their website to pick a copy or find a distributer.

Information Asphyxiationg (Feat. Juuso GS!)

Top Of The World


Alley Gods @ Stereokiller

Alley Gods -Homepage

Poolside Records

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