BUILDING A LEGACY – VOLUME 2, is a worthwhile cross-section of the current Finnish hardcore scene, introducing 15 bands that represent some of the best forces coming from the land of sauna, Koskenkorva, Santa Claus, willing chicks and high suicide rates.
This collection is put together by Full Stream Records that has done a great job in supporting Finnish hardcore for over 10 years. The bands that have been chosen for this collection, obviously do a lot of justice to everything that this compilation CD is all about. B.A.L. – VOL 2. brings you the very best from today´s Finnish hardcore scene, basically showing how strong, alive and kicking it still is.
The Finnish hardcore scene has changed quite a bit to a more metal direction over the past decade or so, bands adopting more metal elements into their sound while overall having a clearer and more polished product in their hands. As far as this collection goes, in fact, just only 1 band out of all these 15 Finnish hardcore bands, kinda represents more of that – may I say, 'traditional', so-called old school Finnish HC-sound that bands like Riistetyt, Kaaos, Terveet Kädet and such successfully brought through their stuff during the ´80s – this one band being Cold Inside. The other 14 have clearly taken more metallic (or metalcore-ish?), thrashy type of approach for themselves, which cannot be considered as a bad thing by any means - not from the point of view of thrash fans anyway. Even a band going under a name Loss of Humanity sounds more like a metal band (later era In Flames comes to my mind – with a more brutal approach though) than a hardcore band, which makes me a bit curious about their participation on this release.
However, as a representative collection of some of the hottest and most talked-about names under the sky of Finnish hardcore bands today, this compilation serves its purpose well enough though. If you want to take a sneak peek into the Finnish HC-bands scene of this century, then this comp-CD should work as a perfect guide for that, I think.
01. Bolt: Unbroken
02. Bolt: Ready to Bleed
03. Third Man Down: Holier Than Thou'
04. Third Man Down: Strings
05. Cold Inside: No Flowers Will Rise from This Soil
06. Cold Inside: Winter Push on
07. Fightback: Fightback Style
08. Fightback: Paypack Time
09. Worth the Pain: These Stained Hands
10. Worth the Pain: To Release Myself
11. Scalping Screen: Two-Bladed Sword
12. Scalping Screen: Minefield
13. No One Is Safe: Family First
14. No One Is Safe: Rähinä
15. St.Hood: This Is It
16. Breamgod: Get off My Case
17. Breamgod: Sinking Ship
18. Out of Breath: Not Your Enemy
19. Out of Breath: OOB
20. End Begins: Empty Bottle
21. End Begins: Prove Me Wrong (The Message)
22. Another One Dead: No Coming Back
23. Another One Dead: Castaway
24. Ratface: Saunakillaz
25. Ratface: Devilz Child
26. Loss of Humanity: As Empire Falls
27. Loss of Humanity: Enemy
28. Cutdown: No Apologies
29. Cutdown: Out of Bounds