Album Review

Riistetyt – “Skitsofrenia ” – [Havoc Records]

Thurston Hunger   3/6/2008   12-inch, A Library

Reissue of 1983 album. Championing the exploited, or maybe
just chomping on the exploited along with everything else.
Palpable anger breaks the skins of the drums, bone-rattle
bass is buried under those skins. Guitar channels the fury,
brief solos at times…but generally just grinding away.
On top, anguished vox. Plenty of blood in the lyrics, angry
rats seizing the streets to lap it up. Boiling turmoil.
“Odotus” delivers a different sound, more sustained pain.
“Irtolainen” alters a plodding two-stepping stomp, while
flange-injected jets strafe the sound at one part. All of
the other cuts are rampant hardcore with right angle power
chords and drums that hyperventilators dream of. Recurrent
persistence of sound will charge some up and wear others
down. Ringing ears and wringing necks for all.

-Thurston Hunger

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