Kalmah Release New Album, Shoot Funny Video
Finnish metal purveyors KALMAH, have just returned with their 6th studio album, 12 Gauge. Already favorites in the international underground for their fierce yet melodic take on death metal, the quintet’s new collection should find a place on the year end lists come December. Kalmah just released a video for the title track of 12 Gauge, and one look at it, and you’ll see despite their intense music, the group isn’t afraid to have a little fun.
The story of swamp things Kalmah begun under the band name ‘Ancestor’ back in 1991. Five demos later a new name and a contract with Spinefarm Records followed. The debut album, Swamplord, was a remarkable success and soon their sophomore album, They Will Return, took another trident’s stab at the hearts of the hordes of melodic thrash/death/black metal fans, taking the band to the stage of Germany’s Wacken Open Air. In February 2003 Kalmah was at Lappland’s Tico Tico studio once more and the 3rd album, the magical, Swampsong floated from the marsh in May 2003.
A pause of 2.5 years and a change of keyboard player, recharged Kalmah to write the 4th album, a comeback of sorts – The Black Waltz. Having lost nothing of Kalmah’s trademark explosiveness and melodic hooks, audiences eagerly welcomed the Swamplords back into the fold. The band toured For the Revolution, their next album, in Canada and will return there with there in 2010.
The 6th studio album was recorded at Tico-Tico studios in Finland as usual and mastered at Cutting Room, Sweden. “Everything went fluently as always even thought this time the recordings were done in three different time periods within a half a year. Swamp spirit among the band is high and everybody is very satisfied with the result as should. Actually I think it was even better to leave the breath taking gaps here and there so that the new material didn’t numb ears and head. What comes to new material under the guidance of our dear Swamplord it is very Kalmah-like but we haven’t forgotten to introduce new tunings here and there,” says the main song writer and lead guitarist Antti Kokko.
12 Gauge sees another step forward in the evolution of the swamp things with all the melodic trademarks in place, but also with increased technicality. Listeners can prepare for a twin-guitar attack not heard since the heydays of Megadeth and a thrashier, punchier overall approach.
12 Gauge is out now on Spinefarm Records
Check out the new video for the title track below: