FORESEEN bring you real Thrash from an imaginary land

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Finland may or may not exist. I am the product of the American public school system so I really have no authority to make a definitive statement on the subject. The so-called “experts” will tell you that “Finland is is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe” but I’ve never looked at a map that didn’t come with a packet of crayons so Finland might as well be an imaginary land accessible only via magical wardrobe. THAT BEING SAID, I recently checked out Helsinki’s Foreseen. Finland may not be real, but the thrash is.

Foreseen combine thrash and hardcore into a tasty crossover package that recalls D.R.I. and Leeway with a silly accent that makes the whole thing irresistible. They’ve been called Finland’s answer to Power Trip which is pretty much all I need to be completely sold on this band. But don’t just take my word for it. Stream “Market Target” from Foreseen’s debut LP Helsinki Savagery below. Not enough to tide you over? Lucky for you, the band has three 7″s you can stream over at their bandcamp (plus a bonus track from Helsinki Savagery!)

Helsinki Savagery will be out November 11th on 20 Buck Spin (purveyors of such fine jamz as Mammoth Grinder‘s Underworlds LP). Like those crazy Finns over on Facebook and tell ’em the Toilet says “Hei”.

The band is currently on tour but fuck if I’ve ever heard of any of these stops. Ann-twerp-en? The hell is that?

Foreseen Tour

What do you think? Does this jam? Is it about friggin’ time I cover some friggin’ thrash? Let’s talk it out.

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  • Death

    You don’t need a wardrobe to get here, you just imagine really hard.

  • Cock ov Steele

    It’s just those silly Finnish accents I can’t get over.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      They are half of the charm

  • Tyree

    Aw yeah! This is filthy-fucking great. Also, this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM6AtGHBWms

    • Don’t do this to me Tyree. I might just rip my office apart and crowd kill HR.

    • I haven’t heard this band before. WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD THIS BAND BEFORE

      • I HAVE TOLD EVERYONE TO LISTEN TO THIS BAND A MILLION TIMES. I AM THEIR BIGGEST FANBOY.

        • IS MAMMOTH GRINDER TO YOU AS ARCHSPIRE IS TO ME?

          • YES.

          • W.

            Joe isn’t lying. He has mentioned them on numerous occasions.

          • Edward Meehan

            One of the very first posts for the Toilet Ov Hell was about Mammoth Grinder.

            My memory >>>>>>

          • Tyree

            Man, remember those days? We were so young and in the way.

          • Edward Meehan
          • Tyree

            Gross.

          • Edward Meehan

            That’s YAITW lol.

          • I’m thinking that was before @tyreegearhart:disqus made me start liking grind and also before I was able to tolerate more muddy production. My music tastes have definitely evolved this year, thanks in large part to the mighty toilet. I even like a power metal band!? *shakes fist at Randall Thor*

          • Edward Meehan

            I’ve yet to be converted, but mostly due to a lack of time, an overabundance of music, and trying to write about music makes me listen to it over and over. Speaking of which I need to start writing some shit. I do vow to check out some power metal at some point.

          • I’m not converted yet lol, but there is one band I like so it’s a start I guess.

          • Edward Meehan

            I have been converted to noise and power electronics, and it wasn’t really because of the Toilet Ov Hell per se but more because of these comments and the community. What a thing it was, and is.

          • Xan

            You’ve converted me to tech death this year. I had about five tech death bands in my collection before ToH. I’ve also been tainted by blackened sludge this year.

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Mammoth Grinder>>>>>>>Archspire

          • Well that’s just like your opinion man,

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Hey, weedly weedly is cool and all, I dig it, but sometimes a machete is more effective than a scapel. Archspire is good though. Looking forward to seeing them at Housecore.

          • Edward Meehan

            I like your use of >>>>>>>s here.

      • Edward Meehan

        4 srs?

        • Yea for some reason I have never heard them lol. That is being fixed as we speak. Empyreal is a sick song, the entire Edge of the Earth album is great, fuck it, the entire Sylosis catalog is great!

          • Edward Meehan

            It came on shuffle on my iPod while I was driving for work.

            Botch, Sylosis, Direwolves, St. Vincent, Wovenhand, all in a row. I was like fvck yeah.

          • haha nice.

      • Cock ov Steele

        Wow I know a band Jack bauer didn’t.

        • jack bauer discovered Intronaut last week.
          we’re all safe.

  • This is pretty fuckin sweet. This is good fuckin thrash right here.

    • Death
      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Keijo Niinimaa FTW

        • Death

          This reminds me, have you watched “Vain Kuolemaa?” If you haven’t, watch it on youtube now!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I followed when it came. Keijo’s drinking game and Tomi’s moshing school FTW

          • Death

            Also Aminoff’s debts.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            And the over attached guy from Carnalation and Hyrde and The urkuri and…

          • Death

            Kyllikkikyy.

      • This is the filth I live for. Fucking heavy!!

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Debut album early 2015

          • Thanks for the heads-up 😀

      • Xan

        On my list I keep of upcoming releases that I might be interested in, this is at the top; I even went out of alphabetical order for it:

    • W.

      Hooded Menace slay with steel.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      The horror movie theme song covers are also great

    • Tyree

      Lasse Pyykkö can do no wrong.

  • W.

    Joe, this is solid thrash. Finland +1

    • Death

      On our way to be accepted by W.

      • W.

        You and Nordling do well.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        It warms my figurative heart to be almost accepted as non-fictionary now.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    An-Twerk-en!

  • Simon Phoenix

    This be some good thrash.

    Also, Finland may not be real, but they make some killer death metal.

    https ://youtu.be/ZrUIoA4dwE4

    • Tyree

      Dat tone. Goddamn!

    • Scrimm

      Fact.

  • Tyree

    Wow, this comes out 2 days after the new Cretin album. Cover me in boiling tar now and Thrash n’ Grind my corpse to the filthiest swamps ov hell.

    • Edward Meehan

      Only the filthiest swamps will do.

      • Cock ov Steele

        TO FLORIDA!!

  • You’ve now proven 2/3 parts of your name to be true. I have a few ideas for the third part. Consult me if interested.

    • I’m not sure how to prove the Joe thing. Lemme know what you have in mind.

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Plumbing skills? I got nuthin…

    • Edward Meehan

      It’s probably none of my business but I’m interested in hearing the rest.

  • Their 7″s go really hard. Don’t sleep on this tasty riffage.
    http://foreseen.bandcamp.com/album/structural-oppression-7

  • World tour; Mammoth Grinder, Nekromantheon, and Foreseen for ultimate devastation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quqyx0DpL6U

  • IronLawnmower

    This gives me erection.

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt
      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        thinking “I prob shouldn’t open this at work….but I really want to”

        • Pagliacci is Kvlt

          Nah, you’re safe. It’s snow covered trees that vaguely resemble boners. I believe it is further proof that Finland is an imaginary land, because what are the chances of real trees looking like boners in a region called “Lapland?” It’s like they aren’t even trying to make this place sound real.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            yea! lapland lol..thanks and they really do look like boners!

  • crazytaco_12

    I figured you’d hear about this band soon enough Joe, glad you covered them. I need to get my ass into gear and start doing some write-ups on thrash and doom. Btw, I wrecked that End of An Ear place, great recommendation. Didn’t want to leave.

    • EXCELLENT! I’m glad you’re enjoying the city. And if you don’t have time to write stuff up, you can always pass along some bands you think should get some coverage and we can work with it!

      • crazytaco_12

        Thanks, and for sure man!

  • TrickleDownTacoRiff

    The cover guaranteed the quality of the music within…excellent.