Finally the Spring has reached the shores of Finland and my mind is wandering in the next Summer… Festivals, barbeque, sun, warm nights, trips there and back… Also there will be a few issues of Kaleidoscope out sooner or later, so no totally rest for this wicked one. Again this trio is quite varied but hey, something for everyone! Enjoy!
SOKEA PISTE: Välikäsi (Tuska & Ahdistus / Karkia Mistika / Ektro 2013)
Although punk music doesn’t have any rules at least in theory, many bands and even genres play it safe: d-beat bands sound similar, ´82 HC bands follow same patterns and so on. Therefore it’s refreshing to drown your mind into something totally different and even dangerously sounding. I’m speaking of Välikäsi, a second full-length of this Finnish band called Sokea Piste (Blind Spot), which really goes in places: apocalyptic mournings a’la Amebix, screeching and raging noise rock, rolling dark hardcore and even a few silent moments too. This band takes risks and they manage to make it all well: no messiness but not too logical solutions either. The songs can be heavy or hectic, and the “sweating blood” type playing just adds more adrenaline.
– I understand if some bands want to play music that fits a certain genre. But personally I feel myself very anguished when I see that punk music is following a certain formula. I get a feeling that I have to step away of that, just as a “fuck off” statement if nothing else. Influences are another thing, you can’t deny – or be ashamed and hide – them, says guitarist Juhana.
LANTERN: Below (Dark Descent 2013)
Death metal is extreme music (for extreme people), but when you’re trying to reach extremities you can end up being a clown. Think all these “100% blood, guts and gore” bands that loose all that real brutality and extremity along the way. Well, Lantern isn’t one of those bands. Now we are talking about real dark death metal, which takes its listener with a perfect combination of the most evil influences of old black and death metal and insanely genious technicality (think nightmarish spirals and labyrinths, not instrument wankery). Although Below isn’t a long album (“only” 39 minutes) it has so much to chew and swallow – long songs full of primitive blasting, twisted melodies and ghastly atmosphere. No use for namedropping in this case; Lantern has so many things going on that this Finnish band’s light is totally its own. Add eerie, flowing solos of multi-instrumentalist Cruciatus and one of the most personal and convincing vocal torments by Necrophilos, and you have reached the bottom of Hell. In a positive way.
Also Cruciatus met the pits of hell and torture more than twice during the long process of creating Below. The man himself tells us the most challenging tasks:
– The most challenging part of making Below was perfecting it into the seamless, fluent entity it now is. While it’s not an actual concept album, the songs compliment each other in a way that makes Below sound like a single, close to 40 minutes long anthem. I would consider Rites of Descent – with its complex lyrical structure – the toughest compositional nut I had to crack. Although the song is from the mean and catchy end of the album, it ended up supporting a surprisingly big part of the album’s thematic weight. And I cannot skip From the Ruins, when considering plain physical strain. I can still picture myself nailing the drum parts for that song on the final day in studio; tired, just woken up from the concrete floor, literally beating the skins with the famous “don’t play them – attack them!” attitude.
V8: Luchando por el Metal (Umbras Discos & Cintas 1983 / Beat Generation 2012)
With a help of my friends, I have grown an interest to exotic heavy metal – bands from old Yugoslavia, Hungary, Venezuela, doing their own thing, singing their own language… These bands possess honesty which is rare nowadays. V8 is from Argentina and this debut album was released originally in 1983. Now this rarity is available again, and if you want your heavy metal/rock sweaty, aggressive and clumsily sympathetic, I recommend Luchando por el Metal. The enthusiastic drive of V8 leaves you armless, and also they have simple but catchy riffs here and there. And they aren’t afraid of taking little sidesteps either like a bit progressive (with a hint of Black Sabbath) Si Puedes Vencer al Temor shows. Damn, I think these guys aren’t afraid of anything! At least their singer Alberto Zamarbide sounds like that. Listen to the song below, Brigadas Metálicas, and after you have stopped headbanging, order this vinyl somewhere.
Brigadas Metálicas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENc40SGKJ3E