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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Kaaos – Totaalinen Kaaos EP

Released : 1982
Genre : Hardcore Punk
Label : Propaganda Records
Producer : Mike Poison

This is my favorite Finnish hardcore record. It is just long enough to make an impression before the vocals ("aaaaaagh") can irritate you, or the mostly similar songs can blur into each other. "Mellakka" and "Natsit Ja Kommunistit" are fast, catchy, and short, while "Sekasortoa" is a palm-muted number that mind remind you of "State Violence State Control" by an obscure British band called DISCHARGE. Which is what I like best about Finnish hardcore- taking the DISCHARGE template and turning up the insanity level, while retaining an undeniable catchiness. My personal favorite song is "Sotatila," which goes from slow to fast so convincingly that it seems like they were the first people ever to think of it. This record lacks the stereotypical, reverb-heavy vocals of the genre, which would be quite prominent on later KAAOS releases. This does have what I consider to be the ultimate raw-punk production, though- everything is discernable, but one of the guitar channels is always squealing or feeding back, and the cymbals literally *never stop*. If you are looking for a place to get into raw punk, or Finnish hardcore, or you can't get enough of the syllable "aaaaah"- this should be your starting point.

Tracks

1. Mellakka
2. Kommunistit ja Fasistit
3. Ootsa valmis Kuolemaan
4. Sekasortoa
5. Todellisuus
6. Ei koskaan Enaa
7. Sotatila
8. Hyvinvoinnin Toinen Puoli
9. Uskonsota


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