Força Macabra (Downsided #1)

Downsided was done by Toni Eiskonen (at that time residing in a town called Mikkeli), the bassist of the Finnish band ‘Kirous’ (that played the Vort’n Vis on 96-09-21). This first issue had some columns, reviews and interviews with ‘Noothgrush’ and some other “extreme” bands. As far as I can remember it’s the only one that I got to see but I think there were at least 6 (including a split with Spit Teeth)…

Also ‘Força Macabra’ played at the V.V. a couple of times (94-09-16 & 97-05-18). The band with the Portugese name and lyrics are actually from Finland (Punkaharju, N.E. of Helsinki). The vocalist was ‘Taurus’ (‘Oswaldo’ Otto Luotonen), bassist ‘Chakal’ (‘Jaba’ Jaakko Penttinen), guitarist ‘Porco’ (‘Lalli’ ‘Pedro Anthares’ Petri Niskanen) and drummer ‘Antitese’ (‘Oscar’ Otto Itkonen). Some of them also played in ‘Selfish’. The band did numerous records and tapes. Have a look on their website: www.forcamacabra.net. They ‘worshipped’ Brazilian bands and also did covers of bands such as ‘Ratos De Porão’, ‘Olho Seco’, ‘Cólera’, etc. I got to know them when Bruno (Genet recs) released the split with ‘Corpus Christi’ in ’93. I also hung out with Otto and his mates some time in Ghent when they were staying over at the Genet HQ.

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