Legendary finnish metal icons KALMAH will be making their long-awaited debut in Australia as they prepare to assault the east coast of the country with their high-octane riffs and brutality en-mass. With a career of almost 2 decades and their critically acclaimed recent release ‘Palo’, Kalmah has cemented themselves as one of the most prolific metal acts coming out of Northern Europe, and they have set their sights on conquering Australia this November!
Special guests Valhalore will be joining Kalmah on all dates. Brisbane’s epic folk metal heroes are quickly becoming the faces of Australia’s folk metal scene with a long repertoire of incredible live shows and world-class musicianship.
As a special treat to their Australian fans, both Kalmah AND Valhalore will be participating in a FREE meet and greet at the end of every show! Get your stuff signed and take photos with the bands!
KALMAH with special guests VALHALORE Australia 2019
31st October – Brisbane, Woolly Mammoth – RSVP: FACEBOOK EVENT
1st November – Sydney, Crowbar – RSVP: FACEBOOK EVENT
3rd November – Melbourne, Max Watts – RSVP: FACEBOOK EVENT
Norwegian Black & Roll veterans VREID will be direct support for KALMAH on their upcoming trek, making it the band’s first time back in North America in six years! The tour will kick off on April 17 in Dallas, TX and will conclude on May 1 in Baltimore, MD. The full itinerary is as follows:
VREID (supporting KALMAH):
04/17: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill [TICKETS // EVENT LINK]
04/19: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red [TICKETS // EVENT LINK]
04/20: Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] **SOLD OUT**
04/21: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge [TICKETS] **JUST ANNOUNCED**
04/22: Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom [TICKETS // EVENT LINK] **JUST ANNOUNCED**
04/23: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon [TICKETS // EVENT LINK]
04/25: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater [TICKETS // EVENT LINK]
04/26: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room [TICKETS // EVENT LINK]
04/27: Chicago, IL @ Reggies [TICKETS // EVENT LINK]
04/28: Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground [TICKETS // EVENT LINK]
04/29: Montreal, QC @ L’Astral [TICKETS // EVENT LINK]
04/30: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre [TICKETS // EVENT LINK]
05/01: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage [TICKETS // EVENT LINK]
*More dates TBA
VREID have previously released their new grand opus ‘Lifehunger’ on Season of Mist. The Norwegian brigade, known for their ferocious lives shows, have done more than 500 shows across 25 countries, and are reported to be sharper, rawer and more intense than ever. Stream the album in full HERE or order it HERE.
Spinefarm Records have unleashed KALMAH’s new single & lyric video “The Evil Kin”. The single paves the way for the April 6th release of the band’s long-awaited eighth album, “PALO”. The album will be released on vinyl, CD, and digital formats.
Founded in 1991 and firmly led by guitarist-vocalist Pekka Kokko, Kalmah anno 2017 features guitarist Antti Kokko, drummer Janne Kusmin, bass player Timo Lehtinen and the runt of the bunch, keyboard whiz kid Veli-Matti Kananen who has been with the band since 2012. PALO marks a moment where, after years of toiling in the underground Kalmah is coming to their own. Now armed with a killer new album chock-full of melodic death metal excellence, Kalmah is predestined for great things in 2018.
Antti Kokko states: “Almost 30 years of swamp madness and here we are today representing our 8th album with fishing tridents sharpened shiny. The album stands strongly on the very roots of Kalmah sound yet introduces fresh breath from the Swamplord’s tar-stained lungs. The Evil Kin as first single gives you riffs written back in 1991 blended with melodies of Kalmah today. It’s a perfect statement to show where we were and are right now.”
In a time when others in the melodic death metal genre increasingly lap up influences from more commercial and contemporary genres of music, Kalmah stays true to its roots of death metal, Finnish melodic heritage, cantankerous never-say-die attitude and themes of Northern nature and the folly of mankind. PALO presents its listeners with a set of songs that with their web of melodies and in-your-face aggression exemplify the band’s ongoing evolution towards becoming an international death metal powerhouse.
Tracklisting for Kalmah’s PALO:
1. Blood Ran Cold
2. The Evil Kin
3. The World Of Rage
4. Into the Black Marsh
5. Take Me Away
7. Waiting in the Wings
8. Through the Shallow Waters
9. Erase and Diverge
10. The Stalker
Organizers have issued the following Paganfest 2013 update:
“Headlining will be none other than mighty ALESTORM who have left no stone unturned in the past couple of years with their hefty brand of pirate metal! Russians ARKONA also know exactly how to get a good heathen party started – they will bring along their new live DVD. Swedes THYRFING have been around since 1995, and their pumping viking metal is the stuff of legends. The guys will have their new album ready in time for tour kick-off!
EX DEO from Canada are much more than just a KATAKLYSM side-project – their second album Caligvla recently mingled epic death metal with hymnic character impressively. WOLFCHANT, on the other hand, stand for epic pagan metal from Germany. The band is currently working on the successor to Call Of The Black Winds and will blast out new songs at the Paganfest! Opening will be Hungarian act BORNHOLM who fuse black and pagan sounds in order to tear your heads off with new album, Inexorable Defiance!
As special guest at all extended shows VARG and the newly confirmed KALMAH will appear! Kalmah are back to show their elaborate melodic death metal to the masses! The quintet from Oulu has just finished the songwriting for their seventh studio album. They plan to enter the studio in January, so you can be shure to listen to new Kalmah songs at Paganfest 2013!”
Acts confirmed now include: ALESTORM, ARKONA, THYRFING, EX DEO, WOLFCHANT, BORNHOLM, VARG, KALMAH.
28 – Saarbrücken, Germany – Garage
1 – Wuerzburg, Germany – Posthalle *
2 – Essen, Germany – Weststadthalle *
3 – Eindhoven, Netherlands 0- Effenaar
4 – Stuttgart, Germany – LKA Longhorn
5 – Solothurn, Kofmehl
6 – Vienna, Austria – Szene
7 – Berlin, Germany – K17
8 – Leipzig, Germany – Hellraiser *
9 – Munich, Germany – Backstage *
10 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle *
For more details visit Paganfest.eu.
Finnish metallers KALMAH will enter the studio in January to begin recording their seventh album for a spring 2013 release. According to the band, “There are now six new KALMAH masterpieces in rehearsal rotation and there is more to come.” The cover artwork for the CD will be created by Juha Vuorma, who worked on the first three KALMAH albums as well as releases from USURPER, METUJA, DEATHMARCHED and ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION.
At the end of September, KALMAH filmed the video for the title track of the new album.
Behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot can be seen below.
Keyboardist Marco Sneck left KALMAH last summer after seven years and three albums with the band.
KALMAH‘s sixth album, “12 Gauge”, entered the official chart in the Finland at position No. 15. The CD was recorded between June and August 2009 at Tico Tico studio in Kemi, Finland and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Sweden.
(Thanks: fireangel / Night Elves)