Finland's trio Psykoanalyysi ("Psychoanalysis") offers us their fourth (or fifth, if you count in the one-minute debut EP that was crafted solo by the vocalist) EP-length release. It's obtainable as a free download, tape, and CD-R.

Not a lot has changed since the band's previous EP "Kivitys": the songs are short, fast, and stylistically somewhere between grindcore and hardcore punk, with some strong powerviolence-wibes. Shortly said, it sounds furious, which suits the band's anger-theme perfectly. The vocals are sharp and high-pitched shouts with enough harshness to keep them from sounding too one-dimensional, but I still happily welcome the variation brought in by the guest vocals on a couple of the songs.

The band plays together tighter than ever, and have truly found their character; the EP sounds like a solid entirety, not just like a slab of whatever songs happened to be at hand. The songs still have enough differences to keep the short tunes from becoming boring, as clearly demonstrated by the two ultra-short bursts ending the A-side being followed by the B-side's heavier and darker opener. While on topic, I fancy that the EP is divided onto two sides, as it helps the band in keeping their aggression from dying out during the twenty minutes. The humorous schlager-cover from Kake Randelin could've been left out, though, but perhaps it's there so that the band doesn't come off as a "too serious" one.

The tape doesn't include the lyrics, but you can view them online. As expected, they're about whatever has irritated the band members in the field of politics, financial issues, and other themes usual to punk such as freedom, animal rights, and just plain irritating people. Although the lyrics are rather bleak here and there, the band's joy of playing shines through and in the end "Julistus" (which stands for "Proclamation") makes me feel relieved, even happier. For me, it's therapeutic to have someone shout their lungs out in anger so I can skip doing that for one more day.

One more thing about the tape version: it sounds very different from the CD-R and download. Whereas the download has a loud, clear and rather professional sound, the tape is way harsher, and comes off as rather damp and lo-fi in comparison. I was fine with it since I thought the "real" version sounds too clear and one-dimensional for songs this aggressive, but I doubt that the unprofessional dubbing was what the band had in mind. The visual side is good, though.

In short, Psykoanalyysi have improved their skills in playing and writing, and thus have taken an another step towards greatness. The tape doesn't present anything brand new, though; "just" an improved version of what we've already heard from their earlier releases. I would gladly hear the band try out some fresh and bold ideas and to expand their expression, but on the other hand the group is still young, and thus they have plenty of time to experiment - and not like I could complain about the band having strengthened their expression's core elements, as it's a thing I often recommend bands to do. I'll be looking forward to Psykoanalyysi's next release, hoping that it'll bring a new twist to their music with it.

7½ / 10