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Review: Kalmah - Swamplord

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 36:14
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: September 11, 2001
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 4.28/5 (85.52%) (29 Votes)

Kalmah is another one of the excellent bands that Spikefarm Records has on their very impressive roster of artists. I have yet to hear one band from Spikefarm that has not been impressive so whoever is in charge of signing their talent base needs some serious praise because obviously this person definitely knows their metal. Century Media also deserves some praise for getting the distribution rights and bringing this kick ass music to us here in the good old USA.

Kalmah play a version of melodic death metal in the same vein as fellow Finnish countrymen Children of Bodom. Great guitar work with harsh vocals and some kick ass songs that stick in your head from just one listen. This is not one of those albums that you have to listen to numerous times to understand and that needs time to grow on you. If you are a fan of the genre there is no way in hell you will not like this album. From the beginning of track one to the end of track eight this is simply some damn good music.

I have mentioned Children of Bodom in this review as a reference point to what you can expect of Kalmah but there are some slight differences. There were a few fans of CoB that were disappointed with their latest album with the increased use of keyboards. Kalmah use keyboards as well but strictly in a support role and not as a lead instrument. If I had to pinpoint the comparison I would say that this is a cross of CoB's first two albums.

The only bad thing I can really say about this album is that if anything it is just to damn short. Clocking in at a measly 36 minutes it is just over way to quickly and leaves you wanting more.

Overall I would say if you are a fan of melodic death metal or of just CoB alone you will absolutely love this album as well. There is not one weak track on the entire album and if this is what we can expect of Kalmah in the future there is no telling how far they will go in the future.

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