Finally a follow-up to their great Vapauden Illuusio LP on Feral Ward a few years back, the Turku finnish hardcore punkers deliver here 4 pummeling tracks in the great tradition of their stylish brand of rock 'n roll ! Wrapped in a classic A3 fold out poster sleeve !
Our take: This one is a pleasant surprise. We hadn’t heard from Finland’s Kieltolaki since their 2015 12” on Feral Ward, so I’m pleased to see they’ve released some new music, and even more pleased to tell you it rips just as hard as the old stuff. Elämänvalhe has a beefy but raw sound that captures Kieltolaki’s trademark intensity. You get four tracks, two of which (the first and last) have a touch of Japanese hardcore’s grandiose quality. I wouldn't say they sound like Death Side, but the riffs are a little bigger and broader. The remaining two tracks are go-for-the-throat rippers that remind me of their countrymen Lama. It’s a short one, but it’s perfectly executed and off-the-charts ferocious. Highly recommended.