Swedish Varoitus deliver raw Scandinavian hardcore with furious vocals in Finnish. Ad some d-beat and solos that makes your gut turn inside out, and the soup is ready to serve. 8 jawbreaking hardcore attacks on 180 g vinyl. A-side contains 4 new songs and on the B-side we find are-mastered version of their demo Maailman Kuolema. Pressing in 500 vinyls on black
Our take: Debut vinyl from this Swedish band with lyrics in Finnish. The a-side contains four new tracks (including a Kaaos cover) while the b-side collects their 2017 demo tape, which I can’t imagine many people heard. Varoitus plays Swedish mangel, but there are a few interesting wrinkles. First, Varoitus isn’t afraid to throw in an intense mid-paced part, the best of which happens on the first track, “Valitse.” For me, Warthog is the current gold standard for catchy, dance-able, and non-cheesy mid-paced parts, and “Valitse” is right in that same pocket. The second wrinkle is the Finnish lyrics. While the singer’s raspy shout isn’t that different from a lot of recent Totalitär-inspired bands, Finnish hardcore singers have this way of hanging on vowel sounds for a long time that makes them sound so intense and angry. The final wrinkle I’ll mention is the wah-drenched guitar leads, which aren’t rocked-out but give Varoitus a unique sound. While the a-side sounds a little brighter and more polished, the recordings on both sides are great: clear and punchy, but with a ton of grit. If you have a ton of Swedish and Finnish hardcore records in your collection, I guarantee you’ll find plenty to like about Varoitus.