BOLT and ST. HOOD
The 17th of April 2014
Nosturi Helsinki, Finland
”Haarrdcooree tonight..Hatebreed”….”You Should listen to Metal” replied back by the editor-in-chief of Metal-Rules.Com to my message dropped to him earlier in the day. Hah… Sorry EvilG, it was time for the full time hardcore blast with three killer bands on the bill. Instead the Easter time is a perfect timing to sell the soul for the devil, but picking up a hardcore gig for a write-up was mandatory. Hatebreed have visited Finland major festivals and been opening act for other bands like Machine Head several times. Therefore having the slot of their own more in the more intimate club surrounding was definitely welcomed and above all playing in the front of the sweating nut pit maniacs was insane.
The Nosturi club was totally packed when three hardcore outfits unleashed the blasting in-your-face maelstrom. The domestic hardcore group called BOLT kicked the night off. The five piece delivered the high quality, ass kicking more American hard core style influenced approach. The kicking and catchy riff sounded heavy. But the audience rather stayed in a proper distant from the stage, following the band’s performance.
Another domestic hardcore patrol was St. Hood. Damn, they sounded as awesome as Bolt. These guys ruled the stage with high power filled energy and intensive grip. The frontman turned out to be a real down-to-earth and humble personality telling the audience “this is your gigs and you know what to do”. St. Hood truly presents, along with Bolt, the high peak of the Finnish hardcore scene. Both bands truly reigned from beginning to the end, even though the crowd rather stayed apart from a few ones doing whirling.
Seriously, not being any hardcore specialist, I for one way totally blown by these bands’ capacity, energy, passion, dedication and above all how great they sounded. Obviously the Finnish hardcore scene needs to be checked out regularly to find out and get familiar with these bands.
The atmosphere and tension could be instinctively felt amongst the audience before Hatebreed hit the stage. The younger gig attendances have conquered the best place on the floor to get in the violent pit-action. After the opening intro the chaos and mayhem outbreak on the floor. It was expected to have the tremendous raging pits during the show. The security guys were prepared for the heavy work commitments, but instead they had to wait for a while until first surfers got flipped over the fence. As for Hatebreed, Jamie Jasta turned out to be one hell of a real show man with the tremendous charisma. Jasta literally commanded and steered the audience by commanding the kids and encouraging go them utter berserk. Hatebreed’s bulldozing and massive riffs nearly blew the ceiling up into the air. The sweating bodies were flying all over when Hatebreed unleashed the passionate bursting energy song after song. The whole five piece was literally on fire. It is amazing how the band can keep the fire up gigs after gigs without slowing down any moment.
Jamie Jasta may divine the metal and hard core maniacs to the two different camps. It has to be remembered Hatebreed started out in 1994 and Jamie has been one hell of underground maniac arranging gigs and doing the whole thing based on the DIY attitude. Even though he got the MTV stigmata in eyes of metal and hard core puritanists, in the other hand the media publicity has drawn the attention and catapulted to the level of the success.
However, the night’s headliner by Hatebreed with the two domestic bands were insane and sweating hell with the raging pits and brutal riff roaring over the crowd. Welcome back