Sorry State is proud to present a US pressing of Lukko, the debut cassette from Joensuu, Finland’s Valtatyhjiö, who caught our ear here at Sorry State with their wild and original sound. While Valtatyhjiö’s vocals have the trademark snarl we love to hear in Finnish hardcore, their songs (on the first three tracks, at least) are rooted in Swedish mängel, with insanely fast tempos and a wild, careening sense of rhythm that makes their take on this classic sound truly exciting. The drumming, however, might be the star of the show. Double bass drumming is taboo in many hardcore circles, but Valtatyhjiö proves it can work, integrating crazy, Dave Lombardo-style kick drum rolls into a frantic explosion of hardcore percussion whose only point of reference might be Jerry’s Kids’ Is This My World?. After three tracks with the pedal to the floor, Valtatyhjiö close out Lukko with “Pahat hahmot,” an anthemic mid-paced track that wouldn’t be out of place on a classic record by Kaaos or Lama. This edition is 150 professionally duplicated cassettes with pro-printed j-cards and paper labels.