During their intense ten-day "Total Fucking Error" European tour, Hungarian Human Error also made their way to Finland for three gigs, which somewhat inconveniently took place on the three first days of the week. At least this helped to avoid overlaps with other shows, so when the band passed through the capital, I headed to Darkside on this Tuesday evening to check out the foreign visitors, accompanied with the always reliable Feastem and another domestic name Psykoanalyysi, who also sounded quite promising judging by a quick listen.
Jyväskylä's Psykoanalyysi started the night about 20 minutes late from the announced schedule, and delivered a convincingly aggressive set, including plenty of groovy hardcore mangling to nod your head to approvingly, spiced with an adequate amount of grinding. While most of the performed tracks were too short to get boring, yet long enough to grasp on to, a couple of short noisecore-like bursts were also thrown in between the bulks of songs. The ski-masked three-piece lacked a bassist, but this didn't bother my ears, since the trebly sound fit Psykoanalyysi's pissed off expression, displayed at its most fierce in vocalist Kari Grindi's (the hero of the grindthirsty) anguished screaming. Apart from handing the mic to members of the audience in a couple of choruses, he was also assisted by a few guest vocalists, including Feastem bassist Antti and two guys I didn't recognize, but the only appearance that seemed actually relevant to me was by the fellow contributing some solid roars for the cover song "Tillbaka till torken", originally by another disguised trio in the same vein, Tinner. Some guitar problems stretched the set close to 25 minutes, which seemed a bit too long, since I think shortening it by five minutes or so would've strengthened the impact. A satisfying first live impression nevertheless.
Having already released their second full-length earlier this year, Feastem are without a doubt among the most noteworthy Finnish grindcore bands of today, delivering the goods with the needed tightness and ferocity both on record and on stage. While drummer Pate's relaxed appearance makes blasting through the songs look easy, the string-instrumentalists perform with more movement and energy, but especially vocalist Pete with his pounding fists, swinging limbs and pointing fingers is sure to get the band's dark and apocalyptic message across in a convincing manner – even if it means accidentally dropping the mic every now and then while being too busy rampaging. The setlist included plenty of newer "World Delirium" cuts like "(Me & My) Lighter", "Kahdella haulilla" and of course the mandatory reminder of the shit awaiting the next morning, "Working Man Blues.” Also, towards the end of the set, the menacing album-opener "Redeemer" really stuck out as lighting the band up with a new-found rage. A satisfying amount of older material was heard as well, like classic 2007 promo favorites "Ennen kuin kuolen", "Left for the Vermin to Feast on" and the title track "Worthless", during which Olli and Antti created a noisy soundscape by inventively humping their instruments (guitar and bass that is) against each other, and were joined by Pete seemingly wanting to ride piggyback on Olli... Kudos for another punishing and entertaining show – and the cock-chainsaw backdrop, of corpse.
With the clock nearing midnight and the schedule running over a half hour late, some of the audience already chose to leave before the last band got on, and although my eyelids started feeling heavier as well, I decided to stick around for the headliner. Human Error wasn't a name I was previously familiar with, but having taken a listen to their new strikingly titled EP "10 Reasons to Kill Your Boss and Destroy the Whole World" and some earlier material before the night, I knew to expect a solid burst of crusty hardcore, which the five-piece did successfully deliver. The band's dominantly Hungarian-sung songs were mostly built around a catchy hardcore drive instead of blast beats, and although the grindcore elements were also present, Human Error were clearly further from that than the other acts on the bill. The guitarists seemed to be solely concentrated on playing their notes and therefore not much to watch, but at least the vocalist was putting himself into it, and the bass player was attacking his instrument quite intensely. Overall, the Hungarians’ performance was worth witnessing, yet surely would’ve been more enjoyable if I hadn’t been as tired at this point. At least the set didn’t seem too long, as it was the shortest of the evening according to my calculation, and over surprisingly fast.
It was nice to see that at least a few dozen people had found out about the show despite the sparse promotion, and came to support this small DIY tour, but a shame that the schedules were so late that several attendees ended up just skipping the foreign visitors and opting for some more sleep instead. Although the lateness of the gig came as no surprise, at least for those of us who were previously familiar with the often retardedly late scheduling at Darkside, that doesn’t mean it pissed us off any less. On a positive note, I didn’t feel that the sound left much room for complaints during any of the bands, and the venue was quite a suitable arena for a small show like this, as its intimate setting provides a fitting environment to receive extreme aggression in aural form.