Finland’s most decimating hardcore crossover thrash quintet, FORESEEN HKI, has announced the band’s very first American touring endeavor, as the band prepares to raid This Is Hardcore Fest, kicking off their first stateside tour with Helsinki Savagery Over America.
Leading off FORESEEN HKI‘s upcoming US tour in support of their Helsinki Savagery debut LP, the band will hit the stage at the mighty annual This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 26th, set to play alongside The Exploited, H20, Negative Approach, All Out War, Power Trip, Rival Mob, Slapshot, Twitching Tongues and many others. Directly after the fest appearance, the band will hit the East Coast alongside Power Trip and Red Death for a week of dates, after which they’ll split off on their own ongoing rogue mission into the Upper Midwest states and back to the East Coast, ending the trek in Baltimore on August 9th, with a total of sixteen shows confirmed.
FORESEEN HKI Helsinki Savagery Over America Tour Dates:
7/26/2015 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA @ This Is Hardcore Fest [info]
7/27/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Barge [info]
7/28/2015 Kings – Raleigh, NC w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]
7/29/2015 Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, DC w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Protestor [info]
7/30/2015 Cuisine en Locale – Boston, MA w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Boston Strangler, Fury, Freedom Intent [info]
7/31/2015 Warren American Legion – Warren, NJ w/ Power Trip, Red Death, Razorheads [info]
8/01/2015 Palisades – Brooklyn, NY w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]
8/02/2015 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY w/ Power Trip, Red Death [info]
8/03/2015 Bug Jar – Rochester, NY
8/04/2015 Zenith – Detroit, MI
8/05/2015 Mt. Happy – Chicago, IL
8/06/2015 Indiana City Brewing Co. – Indianapolis, IN [info]
8/07/2015 The Foundry – Lakewood, OH
8/08/2015 Mr. Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA [matinee]
8/08/2015 The Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA [night]
8/09/2015 Charm City Art Space – Baltimore, MD [matinee] [info]
FORESEEN HKI delivered their relentless debut LP, Helsinki Savagery, through 20 Buck Spin in November, followed by a vinyl edition several weeks later, its distinctly Finnish rawness and hostility bringing back a vengeful streetwise edge to thrash that’s largely been missing for years. Recorded in full analog and mixed at Black Floyd’s Analog Lab by Tapio Lepistö, the CD and digital mastering was handled by James Plotkin and the full analog chain LP mastering by Timmion Records, and the cover art for the record was created by Eetu Blomqvist and Chad Keith.
Courageous journalists took to the album immediately, resulting in an invigorated mass of reactions in media outlets everywhere. Decibel Magazine dubbed Helsinki Savagery, “one of the darkest, nastiest slabs of crossover thrash to come lurching out of the heavy metal tar pits in a long, long while, continuing, “This is a collection of seriously charged steamroller songs, representing a near-perfect fusing of the wild churn ‘n’ chug of Crossover-era D.R.I. and Carnivore to the metalized controlled aggressions and velocity of Vio-lence (circa Bonded By Blood Exodus) and Nuclear Assault.” A pulverizing 9.5/10 review from This Is Not A Scene praised, “FORESEEN are a shining example of carrying the genre ever onward, that I would quite happily file amongst the original thrash greats that no doubt inspired them. Without shadow of a doubt, I’d say it’s a thrash metal classic already and an essential purchase for thrash fans old and new.” The opinion of Last Rites agreed offering, “Standing between Agnostic Front metallic punk and Nuclear Assault punkish metal, FORESEEN‘s brand of thrashing pulls from the best of both worlds. Of that blend, its riffs lean squarely toward the latter ingredient, full-on furious thrash that feels perpetually on the verge of complete chaos.”