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    Kalmah

    Like Gagnraad asked me. here goes some info on Kalmah!

    Who are a great (ie recommendable) band from Finland, who do a kind of Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal style, but I like them a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bio section from their homepage
    The story of Kalmah begun in 1991 when Pekka Kokko(v, g) and Petri Sankala founded Ancestor. After 2 demos Antti Kokko joined the band to handle the position of lead guitarist. In 1998 after all in all 5 melodic trash/speed/death metal demos and 5 different bass players it was time to clear the table. Acenstor was buried and refounded as Kalmah. The Line-up was completed by keyboard player Pasi Hiltula.

    With new enthusiasm Kalmah started to write new songs for the praised promo CD. With raging melodic death/trash/speed/black metal promo 'Svieri Obraza' the band had finally done the breakthrough and reached a contract with Spikefarm Records. The band wasted no time and headed to Tico-Tico studios with line-up Pekka Kokko(v, g), Antti Kokko(g), Petri Sankala(d), Pasi Hiltula(k) and Altti Veteläinen(b). The story of Swamplord begun…

    "Swamplord" was unleashed to the world in the winter of 2000. The album immediately gathered tons of raving reviews and no wonder, the power and intensity of Kalmah's metal is simply breathtaking, to say the least. The band did dozens of interviews and the praise from the scene kept flooding the Spikefarm office and the band's website. They also played a few shows in Finland before heading back to the rehearsal-swamp to write the follow-up to "Swamplord".

    By November 2001, the band was back at Tico-Tico Studios recording "They Will Return". The line-up had changed a bit due to the departure of Altti and Petri. They were promptly replaced by Timo Lehtinen (from Catamenia) on bass and Janne Kusmin behind the drumkit. "They Will Return" is an album displaying all the aspects that make Kalmah such an incredible band: from the stunning execution and rich melodies to the huge intensity and overall finesse of Kalmah's music, there was no question that Kalmah had great things ahead of them.

    In summer 2002 Kalmah played couple of gigs in Finland and gig at Wacken, which was a success. In autumn the band started to write new material for the next studio album. After heavy practising and rehearsal sessions swamplords were back at Tico-Tico again in February 2003 with 10 new killer songs. The new album was titled 'Swampsong'. Heavy guitar driven melodic swamp metal masterpiece was finalized at Finnvox studios. It was time for The third, the magical…

    "Swampsong" was a great follower after the highly acclaimed "they will return"-album by fans and media. Some gigs were played, also abroad, and everything was developing in the right direction until in 2004 keymaster Pasi Hiltula decided to pull back and go on with his other duties. The band started thinking then if a new keyboarder was needed but after one rehearsals with Marco Sneck (Poisonblack ) auditioning, it was all clear. A new quintet was born.

    With new blood in veins the five Swamplords started to prepair the material for the fourth album. In november 2005 the band entered Tico-Tico studio to record a true swampmetal masterpiece, "The black waltz". All in all 11 new Kalmah songs were recorded and mixed. With the final mastering touch of Mika Jussila from Finnvox the Waltz was ready. The dance has begun.


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    Fourteen years after their formation (under the name Ancestor), deathsters Kalmah rise again from the swamplands near Oulu, Finland, bringing along their fourth album. Entitled “The Black Waltz”, it is a veritable feast of hectic tempos, vivacious guitars and overall high standard of execution in the inimitable Kalmah style, which has already won over metal aficionados in all corners of the world.

    Since the release of the last album “Swampsong” (2003) Kalmah lost keyboard player Pasi Hiltula, but carried on contemplating future as a keyboard-less entity, for the melodic-to-the-max guitar lines driven with wild intensity had more or less become their trademark in any case. Soon enough, Kalmah did nevertheless recruit Marko Sneck (also Poisonblack) behind the keys, and wisely so, for Kalmah anno 2006 sound fuller than ever. The interplay between the guitars and the keyboards is near-seamless, whilst the gravelly vocals of Pekka Kokko (v, g) maintain a lethal death metal edge to the proceedings. The line up is completed by Antti Kokko (g), Timo Lehtinen (b, also Catamenia) and Janne Kusmin (d).

    Boasting a sharp Tico Tico production and Finnvox mastering, “The Black Waltz” is a sure-fire hit among the old fans, having also tremendous potential for bringing in newcomers to the fold. With a solid back-catalogue of three albums and an instant killer such as “The Black Waltz” to unleash to the unsuspecting masses, swamp things are truly taking over!

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    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    Cheers for that they really sound good on the first listen.
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    I think it sound so damn unoriginal...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gagnraad
    I think it sound so damn unoriginal...
    Yea sure, it doesn't sound to original, but then again, don't forget that they've been around for longer than most of the bands
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd
    Yea sure, it doesn't sound to original, but then again, don't forget that they've been around for longer than most of the bands
    How come that the other bands sound more original than them then?

    Don't worry. They are cool, allright. But it's just "too much", if ye understand?

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    Kalmah is not orinal at all musically, but the thin about swamp is new
    Anyways their music is good.

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    Kalmah are awesome! I was sent the song "Hades" by a friend not so long ago and I've been hooked on it. I must buy some of their CDs someday!

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    There is not much original music about these days to be honest.I know someone will throw a big list now and ill look real stupid but not much springs to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nordicdusk
    There is not much original music about these days to be honest.I know someone will throw a big list now and ill look real stupid but not much springs to mind.
    You, know... It's hard to create something original nowadays... The whole metal genre is so "used up", to say it like that. But there are plenty of awesome bands though, some are quite original and unique, other are unoriginal, but play in a new style etc etc...

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