WEEK 169 – KALMAH

My HeadBangers welcome from Oulu, Finland, the melodic death metal band:

KALMAH

“Seventh Swamphony”

“Blood Ran Cold”

HeadBangers can you hear the difference in the sound between the Nordic metal and other parts of the world.  There is a difference, even between Finnish and Swedish.  If you listen long enough to different bands you will hear it.  

Let’s look at some bio on Kalmah:

Kalmah was formed in 1998.  In less than a year after its formation, Kalmah was signed by Spinefarm Records.  The word “kalmah” is Karelian and could be translated as “to the grave” or “to the death”.  

Here’s a little history:

In 1991, Pekka Kokko and Petri Sankala founded the metal band Ancestor. After Ancestor had recorded two demos, Antti Kokko joined the band as lead guitarist. In 1998, after five demos, Ancestor disbanded and Kalmah formed. The new band consisted of Pekka Kokko performing vocals and guitar, Antti Kokko on lead guitar, Pasi Hiltula on keyboards, Altti Veteläinen on bass, and Petri Sankala on drums.

Kalmah began to write songs for a promotional CD entitled Svieri Obraza. With this demo, they acquired a recording contract with Spinefarm Records and headed to Tico-Tico Studios to record their debut album, Swamplord which was released in 2000.

By November 2001, they returned to Tico-Tico Studios to record their second studio album, They Will Return. By this time, Veteläinen and Sankala were replaced by Timo Lehtinen on bass and Janne Kusmin on drums, respectively. In 2002, Kalmah played shows in Finland and at Wacken Open Air. In February 2003, they recorded their third studio album, Swampsong. In 2004, keyboardist Pasi Hiltula left and was replaced by Marco Sneck. The band released The Black Waltz in 2006 and For the Revolution in 2008. Kalmah toured in Canada and Finland to promote the latter album.  After more gigs than ever in Kalmah’s history the 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 thrash metal influences pushed through. 

So as you can see, just like with any band there were lots of changes in band members.

In  2010 the 6th album “12 Gauge” was released. 9 new songs spreading Kalmah trademark “Swamp Metal” all over the world. After successful 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.

After five years with all personal duties like building a house and moving to Helsinki area caused a longer break in recordings as usual. During those years new continents where marked to our live map and e.g. Canada was toured from east to west. Nevertheless the new material already started to take its form after Seventh Swamphony but not until three years later it was time to push it up and start actually wrap it up.

Within the last year inspiration gave its most and all in all 10 new Kalmah songs were arranged together within the band as always. This time recordings were spread all over. Drums were recorded at Sonic-Pump studio and bass were recorded at Soundwell Studio in Helsinki area. Guitars, vocals and keys were recorded at the good old Tico-Tico studios at Kemi. This time we wanted to be back at our roots and let Ahti Kortelainen do the mixing as well. Album was mastered at Chartmakers by Svante Forsbäck. All in all it took about half a year and little listening breaks in between made the whole process smooth.

So here we are almost 20 years later after Swamplord standing stronger than ever with Palo.

That’s a lot of history my HeadBangers, but as you can see like they said after 20 years they are still here stronger than ever.

Let’s meet these Swamplords, run your mouse over the pics for their names:

Well my HeadBangers what do you thing?  I think they are great. Check them out they’re on all the social media, I think you will like them as much as I do.  Finland has some great bands, they are the heart of metal.

That’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

HUMP DAY – WE’RE ALMOST THERE…

Well my HeadBangers we’re almost another week down the drain.  Here’s 3 bands that I hope will make the next couple days go by faster…..

IN DYING ARMS

“Dark Days”

Well well what have we here?  Growl and clean vocals.  This band definitely has my attention.  They’re from Baltimore, MD.  I’m keeping my eyes on these guys.

UNTIL I WAKE

“Inside My Head”

Damn, well what can I say, I love this guys voice so much I had to find out his name, Cody Jamison Johnson, keep it up, you have it.   From Buffalo, New York. 

DEFAMED

“Crystal Prison”

OH SHITTTTTTTT, here we have some great GROWL VOCALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Yessssssssssss…..  I knew it had to be a European band.  Deathcore from Italy.  OK you got me….

I’m catching my breath from this last one omfg.  There is nothing like great growl vocals HeadBangers.  Smooth, deep, gutural a sound that calls to me,  Mattia Maffioli (vocals), perkele!!!!!!!

That’s it for Hump Day my HeadBangers, join me this Friday for your weekly band.  

I NEED SOME MUSIC……

My HeadBangers, today was a bitch so I need a couple favs.  Enjoy guys.

POP EVIL

“Eye of the Storm”

I have and always will love POP EVIL.  They have this energy and that voice well you know….

TEMPLE BALLS

Strike Like A Cobra”

Guys is this doesn’t get you moving I really don’t know what will.  Arde has that voice that is loud, raspy and kill me now.

WAKE UP FRANKIE

“Shotgun Prophecy”

These are my boyzzzzz, they’ve been on the blog a couple times.  I love that music and listen to Kassu he has the best vocals…..

DIRT

“The Real World”

And my day would not be complete without a lil DIRT.  I just move when I hear them, and well Aleksi have some bad ass hair.  Sorry HeadBangers you know I have a thing for hair.

I’m out now, these guys have me all hyped up but relaxed at the same time.  Here’s a little Finnish saying, if you don’t know what it mean there’s always google:

Antaa ajan kulua ja varjon venyäǃ

Nite guys don’t forget tomorrow is HUMP DAY!

WEEK 168 – WIND ROSE

My HeadBangers please welcome from Pisa, Tuscany the Power/Folk  Metal Band:

WIND ROSE

“Together We Rise”

“Gates Of Ekrund”

This is my favorite so far…  Listen to that…

Ok let’s look at some bio on this band…

Wind Rose is an Italian power metal band founded in 2009 in Pisa, Tuscany. The band has released four studio albums, most recently Wintersaga in September 2019. Their sound is heavy metal but can also be described using the sub-genres power metal and folk metal with orchestration and vocal harmonies. Their lyrics take inspiration in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and their aesthetic is based on Tolkien’s Dwarves.

In March 2010, a few months after their formation, Wind Rose released an EP called “Demo 2010” which was produced by Cristiano Bertocchi. On 28 August 2012 Wind Rose released their first full-length ‘Shadows Over Lothadruin’ via Bakerteam Records.

In 2013/2014 they performed a number of promotional live shows in Europe directly supporting Wintersun, Finntroll, and Epica. Cristiano Bertocchi joined the band as bass player during 2014 before the band went to the studio to record the second full-length album.

In February 2015, they took part in Eluveitie’s Origins European tour and their second studio album Wardens of the West Wind was released by Scarlet Records.  In October they also played as support for Ensiferum’s Spanish shows during their One Man Army European tour.  After these shows, Wind Rose dedicated the entire year 2016 to writing new material. In 2017, the band signed a deal with Inner Wound Recordings for their third album Stonehymn. It was released in May. The first video to be released was “The Wolves’ Call” followed by “To Erebor” which gave more popularity to the band, reaching millions of contacts on their Facebook and on YouTube outlets. The virality of the video sparked the curiosity of the managers of music events. Thus Wind Rose was invited to participate in important metal festivals such as Bloodstock (United Kingdom) and Masters of Rock (Czech Republic).

In January 2018, the band was asked to tour Japan with Ensiferum, and in April and May 2018 they joined the Path to Glory European tour with Ensiferum and Ex Deo.  In December 2018, Wind Rose announced a deal with Napalm Records and the recording of a new album. On 6 June 2019 Wind Rose released the first single on Napalm: “Diggy Diggy Hole”, a song originally written and performed by gaming YouTubers The Yogscast. The album Wintersaga was released on 27 September 2019.

On March 8, 2022, the band announced their new album, Warfront, would be released on June 10.

“The Wolves’ Call”

Are you ready to meet the band?  I think you are my HeadBangers…

Francesco Cavalieri – Lead Vocals (2009-present)

Claudio Falconcini – Guitars, Backing Vocals (2009-present)

Federico Meranda – Keyboards (2009-present)

Cristiano Bertocchi – Bass, Backing Vocals (2014-present)

Federico Gatti – Drums (2018-present)

“My Thoughts”

Well my HeadBangers I have to tell you that this was a great find for me.  At first I thought they were doing a viking theme but then I found out they love  J.R.R. Tolkien, and identify with the Dwarves, really what more could you ask for in a band.  I have needed to get back to some heavy folk metal, and

 

Wind Rose delivers.  They even played with FinnTroll, who I saw live in Helsinki.  FinnTroll is crazy good if you ever have a chance to see them live, do it!!  They do not disappoint.  Also on top of everything else, guess who will be playing at:

I cannot believe it.  I’m going to try like hell to be there.  This band hits all the spots I need in heavy folk metal.  Every video is great, check out more on YouTube.  Check out their social media, especially FB they are everywhere.  Like I said this was such a great find, they really know how to get their message across.  I’m adding them to my list of bands to keep and eye on.  If I get to Wacken I will definitely get videos.

Well my HeadBangers that’s it for this week.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

HUMP DAY – WE’RE ALMOST THERE…

My HeadBangers here we go another week almost gone, but not before 3 songs…

THE HALO EFFECT

“Days Of The Lost”

OMG I’m so glad this is the first band I saw when I turned on the laptop.  Why??  Do you hear that sound??  Yeah my HeadBangers straight out of Gothenburg, Sweden.  I was dying for my Nordic sound.  These guys are going to show up on a Friday soon.  Listen to that…..

EVIL INVADERS

“Die For Me”

This band, love their sound and it reminds me of speed/thrash metal.  I haven’t found out much about them, but I know they are from Belgium.  I’ll keep looking…

BRAINSTORM

“Solitude”

And we end with this week with the power metal band from Heidenheim, Germany.  Gotta love that power metal my HeadBangers.  Be back Friday with the weekly band, we’re up to week 168, that’s a lot of bands, but so many more to come.

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