Riistetyt – legends of Finnish hardcore

Sunday’s start at the Sue Stage was rather bland on audience’s part, although the band calling the shots was Riistetyt, the living legends of Finnish hardcore. Only a handful of people had come to witness the musical bludgeoning, and the typical energetic mash-up was missing, even though the lead singer Lazze called for a mosh pit. Tepid responses did nothing to hamper the band however, and they dished out songs at a speed that would have demanded a response from the highway police had one been around to watch the show.

The other side of the coin is, that if you are not initiated in the genre, the murdering tempos and rapid-fire songs quickly start to numb the listener: one song flows into another without a hitch, the vocals are incomprehensible a lot of the time, and one is left with no room to breathe, none at all.

At the end, I was left with mixed feelings. The social criticism (if there was any) I couldn’t get a hold of, the aggression failed to grab me, and I didn’t even have a hangover to create a modicum of bad temper. What I was left with was a cramp in my left leg from the rapid tempos. But that’s ok, just do your thing, at least the punks like it.

Text: Pekka Naakka
Translation: Jari Rytkönen
Picture:Veera Konsti

Aihe(et): In English.