After a few EPs, including 2013’s well-received Structural Oppression 7-inch, Finland’s Foreseen HKI now break out in the international metal scene with their first LP. An explosive burst of raw crossover, Helsinki Savagery fuses the 1980s iterations of US thrash (Vio-lence, Exodus) and urban hardcore (Cro-Mags, Leeway) to create a merciless album of absolute jawbreakers. A distinctly Finnish rawness and hostility—a hallmark of the country’s incredible hardcore punk bands since the early ’80s—pervades the LP.
Bringing back a concrete toughness to thrash that’s been largely missing for years, on Helsinki Savagery Foreseen HKI take their place among the elite of modern crossover bands. Tracks like “Death Injection,” “Bonded by United Blood” and “Both Sides Lose” are infused with a lethal urgency and unrestrained devotion to crafting ideal songs for wild, anarchic live shows. Helsinki Savagery documents a band in its hungry, formative prime where the extreme aggression of many classic debut albums is captured with terrible certainty. With high speeds and fierce leads that shred, United Forces are back from the dead.