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Kalmah - Kalmah



8.1 | 217 votes |
Release date: 26 May 2023
Style: Melodic death metal, Extreme power metal

Owners:

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35 want it


01. Haunted By Guilt
02. Veil Of Sin
03. Scarred By Sadness
04. No Words Sad Enough
05. Serve The Untrue
06. Home Sweet Hell
07. Tons Of Chaos
08. Red And Black
09. Taken Before Given
10. Drifting In A Dream

Top 20 albums of 2023: 11

Line-up
Pekka Kokko - vocals, guitars
Veli-Matti Kananen - keyboards
Antti Kokko - guitars
Janne Kusmin - drums
Timo "Lede" Lehtinen - bass

Additional info
Released via Ranka Kustannus

Mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland.


Staff review by
musclassia
Rating:
8.2
I’ve spoken before about my trepidation when bands release self-titled records late into their career. Based on my theory for self-titled albums in the Lamb Of God reviews, Kalmah isn’t the start of a new era for the band that shares its name, but thankfully it isn’t a harbinger of decline for the group either; this is just a damn good record.

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published 07.06.2023 | Comments (7)

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Comments: 24   Visited by: 552 users
26.05.2023 - 10:56
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Even not old Kalmah, but still this is decent album, more somehow to roots whit new vibes and inspirations, I enjoy it, not bad att all, sad tittle suggest it might be last one, but I hope band will record their 10th.,
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26.05.2023 - 15:01
Rating: 8
MMizfall

Kicks some major ass. This is their best since 12 Gauge.
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26.05.2023 - 16:36
EricAxel36

Not to hate on the last album, Palo, but this one completely blows it out of the swampwater!
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26.05.2023 - 20:41
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
This is insanely melodic, it's such great fun, maybe not their best in terms of songwriting, but it's probably their most enjoyable release of all for me
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27.05.2023 - 01:33
Rating: 9
Mario Montes

I liked the singles they released previous to the album. The cymbals sounded a bit weird to me, but I was so hyped for this record anyway. After being a fan of the band for arround 15 years, I wasn't expecting their 9th album to become my favourite from them, but damn, this thing is so freaking good. I don't know if they chose it to be their self-titled album for some reason. To me, it seemed like a statement, "this is us, Kalmah in it's purest form". What an amazing day, Vomitory and Kalmah both launched their 9th album and they're both amazing.
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27.05.2023 - 13:17
Rating: 9
Zyk

Damn what an album.

It's easily the best of their last 3 albums, maybe not quite as well written as some albums before that but thoroughly solid. Surprisingly I like the slower songs the most because they're so well executed. On some songs I wish the production was a little cleaner but that almost seems inappropriate to ask of an album that was pulled straight from the swamp. There are so many great riffs and melodies mixed in harsh heavy layers that I can't help but love this. Kalmah remains a group of melodeath masters.

My favorites tracks were No Words Sad Enough, Drifting In A Dream, and Tons Of Chaos, but there are no weak songs here.
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27.05.2023 - 20:45
Rating: 8
Anghellic67

I didn't care much for the first two singles but Taken Before Given really got me interested. As a whole it's pretty strong album. I liked the slower songs too.
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28.05.2023 - 16:29
Nejde
CommunityManager
I've never listened to Kalmah and I can't even name an album or a song. This album came as a suggestion on YouTube so I clicked on it. I must say that I was positively surprised. Might check out their older stuff too if I get the time for it.
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28.05.2023 - 20:53
Rating: 8
Metren
Dreadrealm
Written by Nejde on 28.05.2023 at 16:29

I've never listened to Kalmah and I can't even name an album or a song. This album came as a suggestion on YouTube so I clicked on it. I must say that I was positively surprised. Might check out their older stuff too if I get the time for it.


Their first few albums are better than this one, IMO. The melodies on something like Swampsong are a bit less saccharine to my ears. This is still a very good album, but I think you'll enjoy the older Kalmah albums at least as much as this one and I definitely dare to recommend the first four if you liked this.
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28.05.2023 - 21:29
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
Written by Nejde on 28.05.2023 at 16:29

I've never listened to Kalmah and I can't even name an album or a song. This album came as a suggestion on YouTube so I clicked on it. I must say that I was positively surprised. Might check out their older stuff too if I get the time for it.


I echo Metren by saying that you should check out at least the first 3 albums. i remember Kalmah got a lot of shit by some people for being " too close to Children Of Bodom" but honestly I was always more into Kalmah than COB. Kalmah has less of a rocking vibe and feels a tad more extreme. At least in the first albums. Their melodies are so on point.
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Rod, let me love you.
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28.05.2023 - 23:04
Nejde
CommunityManager
Written by X-Ray Rod on 28.05.2023 at 21:29

I echo Metren by saying that you should check out at least the first 3 albums. i remember Kalmah got a lot of shit by some people for being " too close to Children Of Bodom" but honestly I was always more into Kalmah than COB. Kalmah has less of a rocking vibe and feels a tad more extreme. At least in the first albums. Their melodies are so on point.


Never listened to COB either. But I'll trust you and Metren on Kalmah so I'm going to check their previous work too.
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29.05.2023 - 00:01
Rating: 9
Fred_P

I am biased because I absolutely adore this band. Might sit at the top of the list of my favorite bands. That being said, being 30 years deep into their carrer, and still having this high a level of energy, and a good sense for memorable melodies is really impressive. This album is better than "Palo" in my opinion, and sits well within their discography (earlier albums being untouchable of course). "Serve the Untrue", "Home Sweet Hell"' and "Red and Black" are my favorite songs, and shoutout to the slower songs which also rocks.
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29.05.2023 - 06:21
Rating: 8
MMizfall

Since 12 gauge there have been few rehash attempts, some obvious and some done tastefully but !2 Gauge was such a perfect post prime kalmah sound That I would much prefer they stayed with that.
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29.05.2023 - 13:00
SamuelYK

"Mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland."

I don't believe this album was either mixed or mastered. Otherwise there are solid songs on it
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30.05.2023 - 16:09
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by Nejde on 28.05.2023 at 16:29

I've never listened to Kalmah and I can't even name an album or a song. This album came as a suggestion on YouTube so I clicked on it. I must say that I was positively surprised. Might check out their older stuff too if I get the time for it.


Was it joke man You're at same age as me I know this band since early 20's
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31.05.2023 - 14:42
Rating: 8
musclassia

Hearing some Omnium Gatherum in certain songs, which I've not really picked up when listening to them before

It's just a very good solid record, Kalmah are a band that I've only occasionally dipped into but they're pretty reliably enjoyable
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02.06.2023 - 23:42
LordFezzington
Lost To Apathy
A very strong outing again. Maybe not quite up there with They Will Return etc., but there's some great stuff on here. I like the singles much more in the context of the album.

Criminally underexposed band compared to Bodom and a lot more consistent.
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03.06.2023 - 23:24
Rating: 10
Litvin

This album sounds fantastic, like it was composed back in early 200s, really sounds like in between Swamplord and The Black Waltz. I wonder what was the reason getting back to the roots? I wish they put a bit more screams versus harsh vocals into that record. However can't stop listening to that one, every song is my favorite! MS pleas allow me to rate it 15, basically 1.5 for each song.
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03.06.2023 - 23:32
Rating: 10
Litvin

Written by musclassia on 31.05.2023 at 14:42

Hearing some Omnium Gatherum in certain songs, which I've not really picked up when listening to them before

It's just a very good solid record, Kalmah are a band that I've only occasionally dipped into but they're pretty reliably enjoyable


Really cant hear any OG here.... just more or less bits of Swamplord - The Black Waltz era.
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05.06.2023 - 20:00
Rating: 6
Reaper_Redeemer

Cannot even compare it with their first albums, but found some great melodies in this. "Red And Black" was great and "No Words Sad Enough" / "Taken Before Given" were of some interest.
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14.06.2023 - 10:06
Fallen Ghost
Craft Beer Geek
Listened once, brilliant album! Thought the production was harsh at first, but when I got used to it, it kindof fitted. Veil of Sin has a The Black Waltz feeling to it, No Words Sad Enough a surprisingly nice track, and Serve The Untrue made me think of Heroes to Us. Might be the best since 12 Gauge!
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27.06.2023 - 18:14
Rating: 8
metalbrat

Decent album. Liked the second half more especially Tons of Chaos.
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28.06.2023 - 02:35
Rating: 8
Ryanm123

Kalmah doing what they do best while also adding some new flavors and feelings that really work well. Possibly my favorite release since 12 Gauge and that's saying something. I'm very impressed!
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21.08.2023 - 03:16
Rating: 8
Lulucifer

I don't know how, but this is the first time I've heard about Kalmah.
Like it a lot, will hear the older ones.
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