Review: Karjalan Sissit - Fucking Whore Society (2009)


karjalan_fwsartist: Kar­jalan Sis­sit
release: Fuck­ing Whore Soci­ety
format: LP, CD
year of release: 2009
label: Eternal Soul (LP), Cyc­lic Law (CD)
dur­a­tion: 43:31 (LP)

detailed info: dis​cogs​.com

Fuck­ing Whore Soci­ety is Kar­jalan Sis­sit’s latest full-length album, no doubt eagerly awaited by a grow­ing group of fans. I count myself among the after see­ing a stel­lar per­form­ance by the band last year, in which they presen­ted their authen­tic - and alcohol-drenched - mix­ture of dark ambi­ent, mod­ern Finnish folk­lore, and crush­ing mar­tial indus­trial sounds.

This new album was released on CD by Cyc­lic Law and on LP by Eternal Soul, the lat­ter ver­sion of which is reviewed here par­tic­u­larly. On the whole, it seems Fuck­ing Whore Soci­ety focuses mainly on the vari­ation between threat­en­ing ambi­ent pieces and more intense rhythmic indus­trial tracks, all of which exude an atmo­sphere of deprav­ity, booze, and mis­an­thropy. Noth­ing out of the ordin­ary for Kar­jalan Sis­sit, in other words. That goes for everything about the album, really. It is subtly dif­fer­ent from its pre­de­cessors, but not a lot; the titles are a blend of obscen­it­ies in Finnish, Swedish, and Eng­lish, and the qual­ity level is high: dark and omin­ous when it needs to be, but over­power­ing and in your face as well.

Nice perks about the LP ver­sion are the bonus track (“Rautakeppi”), the lim­ited col­oured vinyl edi­tions and the already quite fancy pack­aging of the reg­u­lar LP, and the poster.

It’s not a sur­pris­ing record; it won’t turn any heads or con­vert unbe­liev­ers. But it’s def­in­itely an excel­lent and power­ful album of post-industrial decay music that man­ages to ask at least some of the right ques­tions in a rot­ten - some­times, admit­tedly - soci­ety: “har du horat runt på cam­pin­gen?” Have you been whor­ing around on the camp­ing?

Reviewed by O.S.

Track­list:

A1. Jävla Psyko­pat Kär­ring (Värre Än En Horunge) (4:50)
A2. Asuntovaun­ussa Huor­aamassa (4:18)
A3. Slöd­dret Måste Bort (2:31)
A4. Lop­puun Nus­sittu Avi­oliitto (3:44)
A5. Har Du Horat Runt På Cam­pin­gen? (4:01)

B1. Nyt Tulee Kir­vestä; Perkele (3:44)
B2. Rautakeppi (3:16)
B3. Hyi Helevetti (You Are A Whore And Will Always Be) (3:41)
B4. Skit­folk (3:58)
B5. Knulld­ate (4:27)
B6. Solmu On Sol­mittu (4:57)