After one demo, an EP and a split with Paskahalvaus, Ydinmätä has come to release a live-recording. The first 12 tracks are a recording from the band's gig in Kuopio in the late 2010, and the remaining two were recorded in the band's rehearsal place. The live-part is also the debut for the band's new vocalist.
The songs are brisk and dark hardcore punk-ones that mostly last between a minute and two. Drumming comes with a hint of metal, and the beats' sturdiness fits the songs' serious and oppressive feel perfectly. The guitars have a rather clean and sharp sound, but they don't sound too light due to the plump bass guitar. The vocals are served as similar youthful hc-shouting as on the Paskahalvaus-split, but the main vocal responsibility has been given to the new member Lauri and his dry croaks and hoarse shouts. This new addition suits the music's both oppressive and hostile sides, but make the lyrics harder to discern, and seem to have a little too low volume level to really stand out on their own. This will most likely be fixed by the time of next studio-recordings, so no problem.
The sounds are very good and professional for a live-recording, and there's enough of "sloppiness" and actual energetic live-feel to keep the album from sounding too tidy. The songs range from simplistic hc-violence to a couple of longer, slower and even darker tunes, so the album holds variation and professionality in that sense too. For some reason, the songs have stupid three-second pauses between them that break the atmosphere, but otherwise the live-part is as good as one can expect. The two bonus-songs show how the band sounds like in a studio-setting, and are rather decent when noting that they were recorded at the band's rehearsal place. The Avain-cover has some odd power metal-solo guitars, but otherwise it's very enjoyable. Ydinmätä succesfully transformed the originally a rap-song into a political punk-song that carries their own sound.
The CD-R is packed in a thin cardboard DIY-digipack that looks absolutely great. A seven-headed dragon floats amidst burning cityscape, with nuclear waste being poured from the sky by suit-wearing pig-demons. The backside has a similarly tasty and colourful painting of people burning alive. It's a joy to see someone creating dark artwork without resorting to making it a dull black fog. No lyrics are included, but otherwise the packing's superb.
If you liked the two previous releases, there's no reason you wouldn't enjoy this one as well. Live-recordings generally aren't that good for repetitive listening, but this one's still a strongly justified add to the band's discography. Recommended to you, if you enjoy dark and dedicated hardcore with originality and attitude.