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Sairaat Mielet

Sairaat Mielet: Controversial History 1988-1993

Controversial History 1988-1993 (2006)

Six Weeks


4.5
Duuude. I think I've found it. I think I have found the Holy Grail of straight-edge. Believe me though, this is not any run-of-the-mill straight-edge hardcore band, with shaved heads, and breakdowns, and songs about "thinking straight" or getting "stabbed in the back." Sairaat Mielet were a Finnish ...

Duuude. I think I've found it. I think I have found the Holy Grail of straight-edge. Believe me though, this is not any run-of-the-mill straight-edge hardcore band, with shaved heads, and breakdowns, and songs about "thinking straight" or getting "stabbed in the back." Sairaat Mielet were a Finnish thrash band from the late `80s through the early `90s, and, apparently, were one of very, very few bands in Finland to be straight-edge.

This CD combines their only two legitimate releases, 1990's Punk on Paskaa [Punk Is Bullshit] EP, and 1991's Tippa Tappaa [A Drop Kills] EP. The CD starts off with Tippa Tappaa, which is, with a decent amount of hyperbole, one of the greatest punk recordings of the decade. The guitar sound is fantastic, and basically rips right through you. I would say it's a "buzzsaw" sound, but that would be inaccurate; it's more of an electric turkey knife cutting through a live turkey during a snowstorm. There are serious melodic lines, speedy thrash riffs, and metallic tempo changes, all delivered with almost heavy metal level proficiency. The vocals are fantastic, essentially a bunch of tortured screams, all in Finnish, the true language of punk. Punk on Paskaa isn't quite as good as its followup; odd fuzz permeates the recording, and the songwriting isn't as complex. Still, it's an above-average EP.

The CD case is pretty cool, too. The album artwork, although initially hard to make out, turns out to be someone's ass with a bong shoved up it. The lyrics, and their English translations, for Tippa Tappaa are on a separate two-page insert. The lyrics for Punk on Paskaa are noticeably absent; the credits say, "Lyrics of PUNK ON PASKAA ?? ep are illegal according to law, so unfortunately are not available." How cool is that?

Any chance to get Controversial History should not be passed up, whether you're a fan of straight-edge hardcore, street punk, early metalcore, or just plain punk.