- Pekka Kokko - vocals, guitar
- Timo Lehtinen - bass guitar
- Antti Kokko - guitar
- Janne Kusmin - drums
- Veli-Matti Kananen - keyboard
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.
The Black Waltz started a new era in bands history. For the first time in history Kalmah made it to the official Finnish charts at position 38. The album with deep vocals was a bow to the bands history.
With new strength after Waltz success Kalmah was eager to move on to the next album and the writing process started right away after Waltz was released. But it always takes 1-2 years for Kalmah inspiration to blossom. In 2008 new release “For the Revolution” hit the market and gained even more success than the Black Waltz. At this time the chart position was 17. For the first time ever band managed to pull out the very first tour outside Finland as they flied to Canada to show the timber-jacks how Finnish chanisaw works. 8 gigs in a row and most of the places were sold out. It was a great success.
After more gigs than ever in Kalmah`s history band begun writing new material for the next swamp masterpiece. This time it was all about inspiration as with the previous albums. From the very first songs old speed and trash metal influences pushed through. Decorated with modern Kalmah melodies it sounded like Kalmah – surprise.
In year 2010 the 6th album “12 Gauge” was released. 9 new songs spreading Kalmah trademark “Swamp Metal” all over the world. After successfull Canada tour and release band got first chance to spread the message on big summer festivals in Europe. Such festivals like Metalcamp and Summerbreeze are known to every metalhead. The album itself was a success. Band gained more fans than ever.
Year 2012 was time for changes. Marco step aside and Veli-Matti Kananen stepped in. It was time to evaluate what we have done and what we deep in our music veins want to do next. The first song at the rehearsals “Seventh Swamphony” was the pacemaker. With new angle, not so straight-forward structure, orchestrations etc. we were turned on. We took our time rehearsing, re-thinking, evaluating new material. And it was sure worth it – or maybe we are getting old… Nevertheless we felt strong again entering studio in the beginning of 2013.
Recordings at Tico-Tico studios went smoothly as always. This time we had the chance to try world-class mixing/mastering wizard Jens Bogren and we sure did. We were excited from the very moment and very pleased with the end result. “Seventh Swamphony” – the 7th studio album from Kalmah is now waiting for the release 14.6.
Swamp Metal is going to roar to your ears stronger than ever!
Palo / 2018
Seventh Swamphony / 2013
- Seventh Swamphony
- Windlake Tale
- Wolves On The Throne
- Black Marten’s Trace
- The Trapper
- Gold Gin
Seventh Swamphony is the seventh studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Kalmah, released on June 17, 2013.
This is their first album with new keyboardist Veli-Matti Kananen. The album was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, and was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren. The track “Windlake Tale” was released through Spinefarm Records’ official SoundCloud account and can be listened to here.
12 Gauge / 2010
- Rust Never Sleeps
- One Of Fail
- Bullets Are Blind
- Better Not To Tell
- Hook The Monster
- 12 Gauge
- Cold Sweat
12 Gauge is the sixth studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Kalmah, released on March 3, 2010. The album was recorded with more thrash metal elements than their previous releases, while the melodies that the band is known for and environmental themes regarding the swamps of Finland were retained. 12 Gauge was recorded in three sessions over a three-month period at Tico-Tico Studios in Finland.
Each of the band members kept in touch with their fans by keeping track of their recording sessions online at the official website’s studio diary. In addition, guitarist Antti Kokko videotaped the recording and photo shoot sessions. Seven videos were posted online during the months leading up to the album’s release. Promotion for the album was otherwise minimal. There were no official singles, but the track “Bullets Are Blind” was released on a 2-CD compilation included with Soundi magazine’s 35th anniversary issue, and a music video to the album’s title track was produced and posted online.
12 Gauge received generally favorable reviews by European and American critics, with a few considering it better than either of its immediate predecessors, For the Revolution and The Black Waltz. It was agreed that the band succeeded in producing a thrashier album, but most critics found the music to be less sophisticated than the band’s previous efforts. 12 Gauge charted in two countries, peaking at number 32 in Canada and number 15 in the band’s homeland. Because the band had not been offered a worldwide tour, support for the album would be limited to Europe and Canada.
For the Revolution / 2008
- For The Revolution
- Dead Man’s Shadow
- Holy Symphony Of War
- Wings Of Blackening
- Ready For Salvation
- Towards The Sky
- Like A Slave
For The Revolution is the fifth full-length studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Kalmah. The album reached #17 on the Finnish national album chart.
The Black Waltz / 2006
- Bitter Metallic Side
- Time Takes Us All
- To The Gallows
- Svieri Doroga
- The Black Waltz
- With Terminal Intensity
- Man Of The King
- The Groan Of Wind
- One From The Stands
The Black Waltz is the fourth full-length studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Kalmah and their first with keyboard player Marco Sneck. This album has them gravitating more towards thrash metal, which has often been cited as the Kokko brothers’ primary musical influence. The vocals have changed to lower death vocals, compared to their higher pitched growls in previous albums.
The instrumental “Svieri Doroga” is a combination of the name of their first demo Svieri Obraza and a track on that demo entitled “Vezi Doroga”. The name of the title track and album comes from a song originally recorded ten years earlier when the band was still named “Ancestor”.
The video for “The Groan of Wind” shows the band members playing inside a cave, with alternating shots of a young boy and girl running from their possessed family members. They are later rescued by a disfigured old man, the Swamplord (Odin), whose picture is on the cover of the album.
The album ranked in the top three melodic death metal/Gothenburg albums in 2006. The album peaked at number 48 on the national Finnish album charts.
Swampsong / 2003
- Heroes To Us
- Burbot’s Revenge
- Cloned Insanity
- The Third, The Magical
- Bird Of Ill Omen
- Doubtful About It All
- Man With Mystery
- Moon Of My Nights
Swampsong is the third studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Kalmah.
They Will Return / 2002
- Hollow Heart
- Principle Hero
- Human Fates
- They Will Return
- Kill the Idealist
- The Blind Leader
- My Nation
- Skin O’ My Teeth
They Will Return is the second studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band, Kalmah. It was released by Spinefarm Records on April 30, 2002.
Swamplord / 2000
- Evil In You
- Withering Away
- Heritance Of Berija
- Black Roija
- Dance Of The Water
- Using The Word
Swamplord is the first studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band, Kalmah.
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