I wonder if there’s even been a discussion about Finnish hardcore on here before? I reckon pound for pound the best hardcore scene in the world during the early '80s. Love the way all the bands made absolutely no concessions to the international hardcore scene (all had Finnish band names and none sang in English) and were happy to develop their sound pretty much in isolation. Seems to tally with what you were saying about the bands not being bothered about making it outside of Finland - from what I know, most of the bands weren’t even bothered about playing outside of their own towns.
I read somewhere that Finnish is basically the perfect language for hardcore vocals because it has so many hard consonants and exaggerated long vowels, so the singers could be singing about flowers and puppies but still sound super hard just by singing in their native tongue. When combined with the extreme drinking that most of them seemed to enjoy, these bands sound pretty unhinged. It’s totally awesome.
Anyway, here’s my top 5 Finnish hardcore records to celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence. Congratulations Finland! - here’s to another 100
Terveet Kädet - Aareton Joulu 7"
Rattus - Rajoitettu Ydinsota 7”
Varaus – 1/2 LP
Kaaos - Totaalinen Kaaos 7”
Kuolema - Noise from the Sick City 7"