Kalmah - _Swamplord_
by: Adrian Bromley (
While the music of Kalmah is fast paced and intense, the pairing of harrowing riffs and melody is a match made in heaven. Thrown into the sound an eloquent flare of creativity, and the metallic beast known as Kalmah takes shape; a solid outing from start to finish. In this day and age, with so many bands trying to hard to outdo one another, Kalmah keep their heads down and just churn our melodically vibrant death metal. Paying homage to the metal veterans of the '80s, Kalmah manage to keep things crisp and never become oversaturated with ideas. The flow of such songs as "Heritance of Berija", "Alteration" or "Withering Away" have just enough keyboard to add atmosphere and style, while the punishing drive of their death metal attack takes charge. Well executed and worthy of repeated listens.
(article published 1/10/2001)
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