Today I write about a bouquet of absolute hardcore classics! I apologize for writing about two recent releases that are not actually available through Sorry State (which I will write about first.) However, per usual, anyone is welcome to hit me up (firstname.lastname@example.org) and i'll make a tape dub of the Aivoproteesi record with cute lil cover and shit. And, I do have a small stack of distro copies of the Absolut Country of Sweden cassette that you can grab via email from me. I got both these releases through my homie Chris Hardy who does Velted Regnub Mailorder. I'm so stoked that he had hit me up about the Aivoproteesi EP. I first heard them in my early 20's on the Killed By Finnish Hardcore compilation LP. I think I have talked about this compilation before on a previous staff pick. This compilation to me was instantly a "modern" classic. It introduced me to so many bands. Every single song on the LP rules. If you don't know a whole lot about Finnish HC and would like to, this compilation is the one you want! Even if you do already know all these bands, its a really cool compilation to just throw on when you don't feel like listening to a full-length. (You can get a copy here https://veltedregnubmailorder.bigcartel.com/product/v-a-killed-by-finnish-hardcore-lp).
Aivoproteesi is also band Jeff has talked about for years haha, he had mentioned to me on several occasions before that he wished he could hear more songs by them - finally, his time has come!! Chris from Velted Regnub actually gave up his own personal copy to Jeff cos he saw how excited Jeff was about the band. Chris just has an unconditionally generous and positive attitude. He just wants to get killer records into the hands of punks. The world needs more people like him. It went down like that cos this release is an extremely limited pressing, hand-numbered out of 82 copies... strange how that happens when the band is already obscure as it is, it's almost like you'd wanna flood "the market" with the release so people can hear the shit - but I'm not criticizing the label, everyone has their reasons for every thing they do. At first when Chris told me about this release I was mad reluctant to grab one cos they are lathe-cut discs, and my experience with lathes is not so pleasant. But man, when I busted this shit out I was so surprised to see the disc looked like an actual record. The material it's cut with looks solid and well made. The grooves do look like lathe-cut though. I mean all lathes are cut in live-time so the grooves will probably all generally look similar no matter what the material was. The sound is amazing. I am so happy about it. It was completely unexpected - crisp and clear studio tracks. I expected constant surface noise and distortion cos its a lathe. The two tracks from side A were recorded during same session as the Yalta Hi-Life recordings, and never before released on "vinyl" (is a lathe-cut vinyl?) But, they were in fact previously released on Delirium Tremens Vol. 1. This debut volume was released in 1985, the year after Yalta Hi-Life was originally released. The tape has appearances from other badass Swedish bands like Libresse (I think i mention this band a lot, haha) and Nisses Notter. Delirium Tremens was a label that released dozens of cool compilation tapes where I discovered many bands. They were based in Falkenberg, a town located an hour or two south of Gothenburg on the coast. Anyway, I assume most, if not all, readers know what the Yalta Hi-Life comp is. If you don't, in my opinion it is a LEGENDARY compilation with LEGENDARY bands from Finland like Kaaos, Varaus, Terveet Kadet. This compilation belongs in every single record collection. If you didn't know this compilation already, or for some silly reason you do but don't have a copy already - you are in luck! I saw Sorry State has a few copies of the re-issue in stock. (https://www.sorrystaterecords.com/products/181024374)
So, I wrote about Anti-Cimex last week too, haha. Clearly this is a vey well distributed record, with several re-issue versions. I do have a re-issue version. I think the Brazilian pressing but I cant be sure cos most of my records are in boxes cos of this moving process I am still in the middle of... although I did find the original pressing for the photo! Of course, my "collectible" records are in very identifiable boxes... I remember reading liner notes from the 2014 re-issues and reading some really cool info. Unfortunately I couldn't revisit the notes before writing about this release. Maybe the this cassette has the same exact notes? Either way, it's a badass re-issue. The tape sounds great, good quality production here. The tracks were re-mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door as well. The j-card is a thick, glossy stock with more fold-out panels than I know what to do with!! We get cool live shots, some liner notes, and lyrics contained within all the flaps. I did not know the original guitarist left the band after the 1986 self-titled record. Looking back, it makes perfect sense. Although I can hear a clear evolution from Raped Ass to the self-titled, the last two LPs are like almost a completely different ball game. I remember being younger, living in Indianapolis and two of my friends Adam Walker and Micah Jenkins (if you reading this, WHAT UP!!) were talking about starting a Cimex-style band. They were older than me, so naturally I looked up to them and would have died to play in a band with either of them. Micah showed me a lot killer bands I will never forget, which makes sense cos he worked the record store in town, Vibes Music. Anyway, I butted in the conversation and said something along the lines of "Yo lemme play drums!" One of 'em (I think Adam) said to me, yeah but we wanna do like later Cimex-style, not like Raped Ass. And he asked me if I even liked that shit... Again, I was young and looked up to them, so I lied. I said hell yeah of course, haha I remember Adam giving me strange look after I said this, I think he knew me too well. I think that if I would've listen to something like Scandinavian Jawbreaker at that age I would have passed on it, simply cos it's not what I "expect" when it comes to Anti-Cimex. I'm lucky that my horizons have expanded since then, cos depending on the day I might prefer to listen to Scandinavian Jawbreaker over Raped Ass! Uh-oh...
Moving on, to some hot Finnish slabs we have in stock at Sorry State! If you read my contributions to the SSR newsletter, thank you. It means a lot that you would read what I have spent time writing about. And given that you read my words, you probably expect by now that I tend to write about my experiences with a record or share some type of trivia about a release, rather than focus on the sound of it, haha. I'm not sure if thats good or bad, but it is what it is. Everything I write about, I truly enjoy inside and out. And I write about em to help spread info/awareness on the release cos I believe they are all worth adding to your collection. Of course this is my own "developed" taste. I like to think I am not pretentious about it. I don't care if you disagree with my opinions, especially when it comes to music. I don't think anyone's taste is more superior than another's taste, but it is awesome when you meet someone who loves all the same shit that you do. At the end of day, "taste" is just an opinion from a "critic." Critics that are really opinionated about their taste (ESPECIALLY when it comes to shit they dislike, or feel differently about that you) are just simply pretentious assholes. Who the fuck cares. It is just a record and it's just your own opinion. Alright, actually moving on...
At the beginning of quarantine someone on Discogs listed the Headcleaners (Sweden) EP. It was the final EP to complete my Headcleaners catalogue. The price was reasonable, but the listing also had a "make an offer" option. So make an offer I did... and they accepted!! YAY!!! After we agreed on the cost, I soon received an e-mail telling me shipping would be like $50 cos of the pandemic. We decided to just hold off in hope that shipping would go down over the next few months. This was like 6 months ago, haha. So, naturally my annoying ass would e-mail once a month to check on the shipping rates. I would get replies, but never with luck of a cheap shipping option. One day when I was writing to check back shipping, I noticed the email said Höhnie Records!!! If you don't know Höhnie, it is German label that has re-released countless records from legendary Finnish bands, amongst many other releases from other countries. Guaranteed if you love Finnish HC, Andreas Höhnie has done a re-issue of something from the band. So, I wrote and asked if it was who I thought it was... I got a reply that confirmed what I suspected, I was in fact buying my Headcleaners record from Höhnie Records! I was so excited to be in direct contact with Andreas Höehnie himself (which I probably made very apparent) and I asked if there was any chance that he had any of these Finnish HC classics still in stock. We were in luck! He wrote me back with several titles, and we could even get limited edition colors from him! So, BPDT, Velted Regnub, and Sorry State all threw down together for a massive 60lb parcel. The shipping cost was insanely high..but since there was some many discs in there, when it really broke down it wasn't too much added to each title. Unfortunately the parcel took a serious beating, so some covers do have corner damage. It's a shame, but we are all still stoked to have brought these titles into the States.
Earlier I mentioned the Killed By Finnish Hardcore compilation. That is exactly where I first heard Destrucktions and Kansan Uutiset. The Riistetyt Nightmare In Darkness is a classic. This band's sound certainly evolved a lot through their existence. This record is definitely on the more "rocked out" tip rather than the abrasive fast HC sound they initially started with. Through all their releases, they always exhibited this perfect "groove" regardless of how "hardcore" the songs were. On this LP, that groove is put on full blast. If you don't own this record, buy it. Really, you should buy every single Riistetyt record. Thanks to Havoc Records and Höhnie Records, we can find all their releases at affordable prices. The Destrucktions LP is a compilation of their highly sought-after Vox Populi LP, compilation appearances, and demo tracks! People actively list Vox Populi on re-sale websites for around $200, so this gatefold re-issue is really gunna save you money and also get you more tracks than the original! Badass. And finally, the Kansan Uutiset LP! It is a compilation of their Beautiful Dreams LP (someone please sell me the OG...) and their "unreleased" Suomi Orgasmin Partaalla EP, which was properly released on CD format in 2003 (haha have fun translating that one...) This double-disc reissue comes with cool booklet, it's got pictures, lyrics, a brief history of the band, etc. This, as well as the other titles we just got in stock are extremely well-done reissues. They will save you from spending an arm and a leg on the originals, with the added bonus of material that was not included on the original releases! Anyway I feel like I been blabbering, again thanks for reading...'til next time..