Album Review: Kalmah – Seventh Swamphony – Review by Eric May

Album Review: Kalmah – Seventh Swamphony – Review by Eric May

Kalmah
Seventh Swamphony
(Spinefarm Records)

Kalmah have certainly come a long way in recent years, with these Finns finally having broken all of the Children Of Bodom comparisons with the release of their jaw dropping 2006 album The Black Waltz and continuing to shed all of their Bodom ties on 2010’s 12 Gauge. Considering their current track record, I expected nothing less than folk-inspired melodic death metal brialliance from this newest release and that’s exactly what I got. Despite the awful title of the record, you’ll quickly learn that judging the album on it’s title alone is a fool’s error and this disc is definitely up their with their greatest works. Fans of their older material might notice a return to form in the return of keyboards in the vein of “Deadfall” and re-spark the Bodom comparsions once again. But after hearing this album at length, I can honestly say that Alexi and crew would have to pull off some sort of miracle in order to possibly one-up this. The drums blast with fury on nearly each and every track, the melodic leads are truly memorable and the mix of death metal growls with the screamier approach of their earlier material makes this album a monument to the band’s legacy, if nothing else. As soon as you hear the punchiness and grandeur of “Pikemaster” you’ll never look at this band as a Bodom clone ever again, and may even be willing to go as far as to knock someone in the teeth for uttering those words. Only eight tracks are featured on this release and though it isn’t the longest in the band’s lengthy discography, Seventh Swamphony features quality over quantity and you will be aware of that on the first listen. Never have I heard the band so supercharged and ready to slaughter as they are featured here. Even the slower paced “Windlake Tale” correctly utilizes a death growl vocal approach to it’s melodic folk and works well as a blueprint to show Amorphis what they’ve been doing wrong all of these years. Quite simply put, Seventh Swamphony might very well be one of the heaviest folk metal albums that I’ve heard in years and should go down in the band’s history as one of their most memorable releases. Chalk another one up for victory, Kalmah. How much better can these gentlemen get? (Eric May)

Purchase Seventh Swamphony here:  http://shop.kalmah.com/

www.kalmah.com
spinefarmrecords.com/fin

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