Kalmah - The Black Waltz


8.5 | 472 votes |
Release date: 22 February 2006
Style: Extreme power metal, Melodic death metal

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01. Defeat
02. Bitter Metallic Side
03. Time Takes Us All
04. To The Gallows
05. Svieri Doroga
06. The Black Waltz
07. With Terminal Intensity
08. Man Of The King
09. The Groan Of Wind
10. Mindrust
11. One From The Stands
12. This Mortal Coil [Carcass cover] [Japanese bonus]

Staff review by
Undercraft
Rating:
8.0
This are interesting times to take a look at the Extreme Metal in Finland, a lot of releases are showing beloved bands evolving and adapting to the times. Kalmah is one of them, once tagged as a copycat of Children Of Bodom (yeah, other one), they have changed so much through the time that comparing them to the after mentioned act is quite ridiculous.

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published 01.03.2006 | Comments (37)

Guest review by
AnEpicDeath
Rating:
8.5
Well, from the first dark, crunchy guitar riff, it's obvious that that this isn't a typical Kalmah album. One of the most standout (and very probably the most controversial) changes lies in the vocal style, which have changed from phlegm-drenched black metal shrieks to low-register "cookie monster" death growls. I'm not a fan of the new vocals (take the terribly under-melodic vocal intro to "Time Takes Us All", for example), but I wasn't a huge fan of the old ones either, so this isn't a deal-breaking issue for me. Eventually I got used to the old ones, but they were very grating for quite a while. The quality and creativity haven't really changed; they've simply switched ends of the spectrum, so this issue really comes down to personal preference. However, a lot more than the vocals changed here.

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published 27.08.2009 | Comments (2)

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28.09.2011 - 21:27
Rating: 10
meadow
Why isnt this album on the top 20 of 2006?:nogood:
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23.12.2011 - 18:19
Rating: 8
kaspair
The Groan Of Wind and One From The Stands
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23.04.2012 - 22:07
Rating: 9
neonxaos
This album took a long while to grow on me, but it kept sneaking random tracks into my Spotify sessions. I would hear a track and go "what awesomeness is this?", and when I looked at the name, it was more often than not from this very album. Complex enough to stick, epic and melodig enough to impress, Kalmah have created a fine album indeed here.
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25.01.2013 - 14:44
nille
Kalmah melodic death metal is one of the most unique groups. I had not seen in the style of melodic death metal stronger than this ....

I love this album. "Nice collection ....

There is no doubt the most powerful melodic death metal
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25.01.2013 - 14:48
nille
(4) Listen to the music you believe in the power band ...

I thank God that I have made Kalmah group .............. .
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01.06.2013 - 12:04
Rating: 9
Fallen Ghost
Metalhead
I just raised the rating from an 8 to a 9. This is one of the melodic death metal albums that I'm still not tired of, what a brutal, yet epic and majestetic album!
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09.08.2013 - 19:03
Rating: 9
Mario Montes
Best Kalmah effort in my opinion.
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27.08.2013 - 15:54
Rating: 4
Kuroboshi
Bitter Metallic Side is pure awesomeness, but aside from that I find it very bland and boring. The vocals are horrible as well. As always with Kalmah.
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27.08.2013 - 21:42
JÄY
Metal slave
Written by Kuroboshi on 27.08.2013 at 15:54

Bitter Metallic Side is pure awesomeness, but aside from that I find it very bland and boring. The vocals are horrible as well. As always with Kalmah.

What do you like about Bitter that others dont have? They all seem very similar to me
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28.08.2013 - 01:08
Rating: 4
Kuroboshi
Written by JÄY on 27.08.2013 at 21:42

What do you like about Bitter that others dont have? They all seem very similar to me

Yeah, I guess they are all pretty similar. But, things fit together and aren't tedious on that one. Especially, the chorus is pretty rad.
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08.02.2014 - 22:36
Rating: 9
NorthernDickhead
Good album. But not so good as three first. There isn't so much thrash and maybe black influences.....and low vocals are boring sometimes. But songwriting is good as always.
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Olen täys idiootti jätkä.
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13.06.2014 - 11:13
Rating: 10
The Paul
Those melodies..<3
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05.03.2015 - 12:50
Rating: 6
Ruun
I'm very disappointed about this album There is a big change in the vocals in contrast to the previous albums which now sounds much deeper and muffled. Also the songs are much slower.

In the beginning of the production of "The Black Waltz" kalmah published demo tracks for "Bitter Metallic Side" and "The Groan of the Wind" which sounds much more like the tracks from "Swampsong". Especially The Groan of the wind was a killer song like "hereos to us".

It seems 1.5 year before the release they rerecored the songs in another sound settings to the end result. I have to say my good, first impression were totally ruined
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29.09.2016 - 20:07
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Masterchief
Kalmah - The Black Waltz
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29.09.2016 - 20:09
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Masterchief
Something has been list here no more swomp stories, its sad, a bit different even same album , band tried change an even artwork is diferent
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