Label: Southern Lord Recordings
I have to admit that I happen to be a very lucky person as fortune gave me a lot and mostly unique friends. Real friends that I can be proud of them and definitely they can’t say the same thing for me. One of them is a compiler/translator and happens to translate many books he likes no matter if he has to deliver the work to a printing firm. A really nice book, if not perfect in terms of how hilarious and fun it was reading it, is ‘Fakta om Finland’ (Facts about Finland) written in 2001 by Norwegian writer Erlend Loe. This great book was never translated to English and it is more about procrastination and less about Finland -and unless you know my friend- if you don’t understand Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Russian or Chinese, the languages into which Facts about Finland was translated, you probably never gonna read it in your life. As you probably never gonna hear Kohti Tuhoa. This punk beast from Finland that released a couple of months ago their sophomore studio album entitled ‘Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta’. And as they use their native language, lyrics may sound too Greek to you (as Chinese to me) but this ferocious punk/hardcore d-beat speaks directly to your heart. Your bleeding heart. Bleeding from every day struggle and modern human suffering. And… procrastination. Fuck life, fuck consuming for existence, fuck leaving everything for tomorrow. I hope your life is as wonderful as your profile on facebook or instagram shows…but it is not. And you need this anger to have a soundtrack. With not a variety of up and downs or multiple tempos, but with full force pummeling d-beat, smashing everything on its way. Kohti Tuhoa, Finnish for ‘Towards Catastrophy’, has the perfect album for you, ‘Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta’, that stands for The Fourth Federal Game or something. Brutal, fast and angy ‘Pelon Neljäs Valtakunta’ is what you need after a difficult day. Their debut ‘Rutiinin Orja’ (2015, that followed their self titled EP from 2014) had many 80’s hardcore elements -they are present here too- and I think that this time we hear a lot of punk parts too, especially influences from Finnish punk/hardcore scene (Terveet Kädet, Varaus, Riistetyt). Probably their ace on their sleeve is their singer Helena, that her screaming vocals match perfectly with the well oiled war machine that the tight section of guitarist Ville (Valavuo, well known for his work with Death Toll 80k and Rotör and his previous band Speedtrap), drummer Markus and bassist Aleski have created. A strong, refreshing, almost vital release for the genre.