Fourteen years after their formation (under the name Ancestor), deathsters Kalmah rise again from the swamplands near Oulu, Finland, bringing along their fourth album. Entitled “The Black Waltz”, it is a veritable feast of hectic tempos, vivacious guitars and overall high standard of execution in the inimitable Kalmah style, which has already won over metal aficionados in all corners of the world.
Since the release of the last album “Swampsong” (2003) Kalmah lost keyboard player Pasi Hiltula, but carried on contemplating future as a keyboard-less entity, for the melodic-to-the-max guitar lines driven with wild intensity had more or less become their trademark in any case. Soon enough, Kalmah did nevertheless recruit Marko Sneck (also Poisonblack) behind the keys, and wisely so, for Kalmah anno 2006 sound fuller than ever. The interplay between the guitars and the keyboards is near-seamless, whilst the gravelly vocals of Pekka Kokko (v, g) maintain a lethal death metal edge to the proceedings. The line up is completed by Antti Kokko (g), Timo Lehtinen (b, also Catamenia) and Janne Kusmin (d).
Boasting a sharp Tico Tico production and Finnvox mastering, “The Black Waltz” is a sure-fire hit among the old fans, having also tremendous potential for bringing in newcomers to the fold. With a solid back-catalogue of three albums and an instant killer such as “The Black Waltz” to unleash to the unsuspecting masses, swamp things are truly taking over!