Tyhjä – Tyhjä
Label: Void Wanderer
Date: December 23, 2017
When a band comes from Finland and claim to be inspired by Black Metal, Hardcore and Grindcore, you might just stop the review at that very moment. There is not too much space for imagination in that story. However, there is a twist.
Tyhjä is a new band, at least when it comes to their discography. The same titled EP is their debut release, and from the description provided above, you might just assume this is an attempt at Impaled Nazarene tribute. And you would be at least half right. These songs do draw significantly from the legacy of the Finnish legends, especially off their latest records. There is a massive amount of aggression and energy jumping at the listener all through these 18 minutes. Mostly fast riffing, rhythm patterns spanning from Punk to Black Metal, wild screams from the vocalist…
When I spoke about a twist in this story I had a couple of things in mind. First, I must note that I haven’t found a connection with Grindcore on these four songs. What is interesting is that Tyhjä used an actual poet to write their lyrics and actually perform them. I must say he did a good job on this recording. I can only regret my lack of knowledge of the language. I believe I’m missing a lot. The other thing is the third song on the EP, which is a lot slower that the rest of the material, more atmospheric, and brings a bit of diversity in this madness. Furthermore, the same song brings also a bit more monumental vocal lines, so you get a pleasant rest from the constant merciless pounding. They do use slowdowns elsewhere, but that song sticks out because they are leading the track. On the other hand, the final track sounds just like it “escaped” from “Panzer Division Marduk”. It made me put on the actual Marduk record to check if I heard it there.
The date you see above is the release date of the digital version, however, the recording will soon be out in physical format as the first release by a new label, Void Wanderer, so everyone into the bands mentioned above should be very much interested in getting a copy. This is not a perfect EP, but it is a pretty good sign of potential, so I will definitely follow these Finns in the future. I have a feeling we haven’t heard the best yet.