Few countries can boast such a classic 1980s punk scene as Finland. Finncore is the name given to the Finnish hardcore of the early ’80s, represented by bands like Kaaos, Rattus, Lama, Totuus, Riistetyt, Terveet Kädet, Kirous, Bastards, Aivoproteesi, Antikeho, Mellakka, Äpärät, Uutuus, Appendix, Kansan Uutiset, Tampere SS and so on.

What does Finncore sound like?

The sound of all this early Finnish hardcore punk is deeply rooted in the tradition of Swedish hardcore and British anarcho-punk. However, their style is characterized by a raw, “garage” guitar sound, primitive bass lines and a certain contempt for rhythm, as the drums always lag behind the “frostbitten” vocals, whether this is intentional or the drummers were just drunk all the time.

As with many other classic 1980s scenes, the style has long since crossed national borders and you no longer have to live in Finland to play Finncore. Examples of international bands playing classic Finncore are Rajoitus (Sweden), Laukkaus (Japan), Kirottu (USA), Räjähtää (Greece) and many more. There’s a whole new generation of bands, both in Finland and elsewhere, who are still trying to emulate the vintage Finncore sound in the 21st century.

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