Abnormal electrical activity in the heart

According to Wikipedia, "rytmihäiriö" or cardiac dysrhythmia (also known as arrhythmia) is a term for any of a large and heterogeneous group of conditions in which there is abnormal electrical activity in the heart. The heart beat may be too fast or too slow, and may be regular or irregular.

When it comes to Finnish musical extremities, however, Rythmihäiriö refers to angry hammering fuelled by cheap booze and influenced by the true stories of crime magazines. In all its fury, this Helsinki-based group is probably just as harmful for the cardiac muscle as its medical namesake. Rytmihäiriö has banged its "slaughtercore" across Finland more or less actively for over twenty years now.

Rytmihäiriö already broke up once, but was provided new push when the current vocalist Une joined the band. The pulse was racing again and the album Saatana on herra (Satan is the Lord) received well-deserved attention with its delirium-filled lyrics. The record label Sakara signed the band as soon as possible, and under Sakara Rytmihäiriö also invaded the official top 40 with the album Seitsemän surman siunausliitto (The Blessed Union of Seven Slaughters). In the spring 2010 the saga will continue with Rytmihäiriö's fifth album. In February, the group shuts away into an "idyllic seaside villa in Eastern Helsinki, where a confined piss-stinking booze hut will be built" to record new material. The lyrics continue to comment on the urban distress, that is, slaughter, alcoholism and other fuck-ups of life. In summer, the Rytmihäiriö regiment brings the pouring booze rain to Ilosaarirock Festival. Plenty of abnormal electrical activity in the heart, or at least sturdy fibrillation in the eardrum coming soon.


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