I sit and speak with Alexi Laiho at Kuopio Rock Cock 2015 in Kuopio, Finland about the band’s upcoming album ‘I Worship Chaos’ and the lyrical themes, track titles and musical aspects of the album compared to previous works. We also speak about Elvis of course!
Finnish death metal legion KALMAH are pleased to unleash their seventh studio offering this June. Titled Seventh Swamphony, the follow-up to 2010’s critically lauded 12 Gauge release, was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, and features eight tracks, mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Paradise Lost, et al).
Comments lead guitarist Antti Kokko: “This album marks a milestone in our careers. We have a new keyboard player [Veli-Matti Kananen], which has given a fresh edge to the music, and we are of course very satisfied with the new material. That is why we wanted to give the songs the best possible chance without compromise; we feel very lucky and privileged to have worked with Jens Bogren.”
KALMAH’s latest production showcases the Oulu outfit’s signature brand of frantic, yet melodic death metal tempered here by a new-found epic mournfulness.
Check out epic pummel of fifth track “Windlake Tale” as well as studio footage at THIS LOCATION.
KALMAH (“From The Grave” in Karelian) will play Dark River Festival in Finland this Summer with more festival and UK touring plans to be announced. Stay tuned for details.
Seventh Swamphony will be released in North America via Spinefarm Records this June. Further details to be announced in weeks to come.
by: Juuso Viljanen
Melodic death metal is a very large genre. It includes a huge variety of bands with all sorts of vocals and lyrics. If you want to have a simple and fast preview of the whole genre, you should listen to Swedish band Stygian Ascent and their debut album ‘Memories’. It combines the main elements of the genre and use it to create their own sound and way to write songs.
Although melodies make this kind of music sound beautiful and passionate, they don’t take away the aggressiveness and the heavy sound of metal. Sweden even has their own melodic death metal sound (at least here in Finland it’s known as Göteborg sound), but Stygian Ascent don’t sound like they should be categorized as typical Swedish death metal band.
Most famous names of Göteborg style of metal are propably In Flames, Soilwork and Dark Tranquillity. In my head Stygian Ascent is much more closer to bands like Children Of Bodom and Eternal Tears Of Sorrow. Their sound is a diverse mix of “the beauty and the beast”; melodies and hard sounding death metal.
Songs are results of careful composing and hard training. They make me bang my head in my living room, playing my air guitar and singing along, even though I can’t sing. ‘Memories’ contains 5 songs, all together making it to 30 minutes of pure and talented melodic death metal. This is exactly the main reason why I love Swedish music: they just know how to do it!