After a few EPs, including 2013’s well-received Structural Oppression 7-inch, Finland’s Foreseen HKI now break out in the international metal scene with their first LP. An explosive burst of raw crossover, Helsinki Savagery fuses the 1980s iterations of US thrash (Vio-lence, Exodus) and urban hardcore (Cro-Mags, Leeway) to create a merciless album of absolute jawbreakers. A distinctly Finnish rawness and hostility—a hallmark of the country’s incredible hardcore punk bands since the early ’80s—pervades the LP.
Bringing back a concrete toughness to thrash that’s been largely missing for years, on Helsinki Savagery Foreseen HKI take their place among the elite of modern crossover bands. Tracks like “Death Injection,” “Bonded by United Blood” and “Both Sides Lose” are infused with a lethal urgency and unrestrained devotion to crafting ideal songs for wild, anarchic live shows. Helsinki Savagery documents a band in its hungry, formative prime where the extreme aggression of many classic debut albums is captured with terrible certainty. With high speeds and fierce leads that shred, United Forces are back from the dead.
2015 tour dates:
7/26 The Electric Factory, Philadelphia PA (This is Hardcore)*
7/27 Strange Matter, Richmond VA*
7/28 Kings, Raleigh NC*
7/29 Rock n Roll Hotel, Washington DC*
7/30 Cuisune En Locale, Boston MA*
7/31 Warren American Legion, Warren NJ*
8/01 Palisades, Brooklyn NY*
8/02 Amityville Music Hall, Amityville NY*
8/03 Bug Jar, Rochester NY
8/04 Zenith, Detroit MI
8/05 Mt. Happy, Chicago IL
8/06 Indiana Brewing Co, Indianapolis IN
8/07 The Foundry, Lakewood OH
8/08 The Mr. Roboto Project (early, w Catharsis) / The Rock Room, Pittsburgh PA
8/09 Charm City Art Space, Baltimore MD (matinee show)
* indicates shows with Power Trip & Red Death!