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Swamplord [Import]

Kalmah Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Nov 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spinefarm
  • ASIN: B00005TZAC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Evil In You
2. Withering Away
3. Heritance Of Berija
4. Black Roija
5. Dance Of The Water
6. Hades
7. Alteration
8. Using The Word

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i now worship a new god called KALMAH 11 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
saddened from the loss of metallica and megadeth to mainstream,I was introduced to something thats made me believe there are still some insane musicians left! SWAMPLORD has to be without a doubt, the best technical&melodic black deathmetal ever!! Being a dedicated guitarist of 11 years I've found myself dumbfounded at the genius Pekka and Antti display from start to fin! I cant believe there not bigger than metallica and megadeath! BUY THIS CD"SWAMPLORD"by KALMAH . IT ROCKS!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not so humble beginnings 6 July 2009
By Hedon
Format:Audio CD
I've been into Kalmah for a few years now, getting started with the Black Waltz and For the Revolution then backtracking through their discography. Rather ironically, Swamplord, their first album, was the last one i listened to. Now, i'm quite the Kalmah fan and am at no end in waxing lyrical about the genius of They Will Return and Swampsong, but to be honest i wasn't really expecting and fireworks from this one; it was their debut after all. But i was pretty darn surprised with the quality of Swamplord.

For those of you unfamilair with the band, Kalmah play melodic death metal but differ from the likes of COB and Norther in that they are much more aggressive and heavy with a real extreme metal edge to them, maybe even a hint of black metal too. Kalmahs sound differs more in that they give the odd tip of the cap to the old school masters of Dark Tranquility and At the Gates while throwing in heathy doses of thrash and classic metal (does anyone else hear Megadeth lurking around at times?). Also, while they use classical and symphonic sounds in their music like their peers, Kalmahs keyboards give off a very dark, gothic, and renaissance/romantic feel thats quite far removed from the cheesy power metal-isms of their Finnish brethern. I guess this is what My Dying Bride might sound like if they were jamming with Amorphis and covering Slayer songs

All of the elements of their melodic yet hideously heavy sound - blast beats, classic metal riffs, blistering melodic death, neo-classical/reniesance melodies, throat-shredding vocals, virtiolic solos - are accounted for and expressed in some pretty darn good songs. While there sound would be developed to its apex on the following two albums, its pretty damn astonishing just how accomplished Kalmah sound on their debut.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Children Of Bodom they aint! 21 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
A friend of mine once said to me... "Listen to Kalmah, they sound just like Children Of Bodom!" They do (a little bit), but they are not anywhere near as good! Hailing from the same country, their music styling is very similar, but I think the production lets this album down. Very heavy, very fast and worth getting... if you don't compare them to the Bodom Crew! EuroMetal RULES! Check out Nightwish!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Debut CD. 30 Jan 2006
By Sunshine the Werewolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
KALMAH - Swamplord
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I got a hold of Swamplord and Swampsong... I figured I start at the beginning and listen and review their Debut first.
First things first, I should point out this does not sound like a debut... Their sound is familiar enough to be comfortable, but actually quite unique in its overall delivery. From a musicianship standpoint they are also masters of their craft. The dual guitar work is fantastic, (It is because of their Guitar's sound they get the COB comparisons) the bass is rumbling, yet audible, and provides a great wall of sound for the other instruments. Drumming is more then competent, by Melo-Death standards (Which as you know is compliment) The aura creating Keyboard work is top notch in the genre, sounding less cheesy than their Finish counterparts COB and more atmospheric like newer Dark Tranquility. Vocally it is boarder line Black-Metal with touches of the traditional Gothenburg sound. (Thomas Lindberg style)
These guys may be getting the COB comparisons but truth is I like this better. They take the best elements of that band and combine it with some harder edge stuff similar to Dark Tranquility or At the Gates.
Not to mention this is the best Melodic Death Debut, I've heard since Arsis' debut. (A Celebration of Guilt.) The only real down side, as with Arsis' debut was that it was a bit tedious to listen to start to finish. However, your patience is easily rewarded by the last 3 tracks... As they close their album with a bigger bang than it opened.
Favorite Songs: Evil in You, Hades, and Using the Word.
-4 Stars.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kalmah 9 Oct 2001
By Irish McNasty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
OK the first thing that I have to say is the other guy Reid from Scotland who wrote the review saying that Kalmah sounds like C.O.F. is 100% out of his freakin MIND!! If In Flames and Children of Bodom were to sire an offspring together the Hellspawn that would come forth would be named KALMAH!! These guys have fantastic melodic guitar work as well as any from The Amott brothers and yes Dan Swano!. If you like swedish gothburg type metal (without the male clear buttrock vocals!) then chekck these guys out. A+ material all the way. Thanks & evil salutations
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album! Great debut, and they got even better later! 4 Aug 2004
By V. Propst - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Debut album by Finnish metal band Kalmah.

This is a GREAT heavy metal album for fans of Children of Bodom, Norther, Eternal Tears of Sorrow, and even pure power metal or any other metal for that matter. This band at this time included Altti Vetelainen on bass (Vocalist/bassist of Eternal Tears of Sorrow) Petri Sankala on drums (did drums for ETOS), Pasi Hiltula on keyboard (which he also did in ETOS), and Pekka and Antii Kokko on rhythm guitar/vocals, and lead guitar respectively. This album's style is similar to that of Eternal Tears of Sorrow, and I am a big fan of both. However, with their next album called They Will Return, Kalmah would lose Vetelainen and Sankala, who would be replaced by Timo Lehtinen and Janne Kusmin, both equal in skill to their predecessors. After the third one, Swamplord, Pasi Hiltula recently left, who was replaced by Marco Sneck who will be featured on their new one from 2004.

Here is a song by song review-

1)Evil in You- 10/10. A great drum part at the beginning, moving into a great song with complex cooperation between the guitars and keyboard, making for a great sound. The solo could be a little more audible however.

2)Withering Away- 10/10. Great lead guitar riff, with excellent playing all the way through. Good solo.

3)Heritance of Berija- 10/10. A slightly more peaceful sound, but with brutal drumming and great lead guitar. The lyrics are very interesting, as well is political (unusual for metal), and especially interesting from a country bordering the former Soviet Union.

4)Black Roija- 9/10. Very good song, a tad bit generic but still great.

5)Dance of the Water- 8/10. Good song, not particularly remarkable.

6)Hades- 10/10. GREAT SONG! Unbeatable riff with a great solo, and I love that Children of Bodom-style keyboard BANG! Great lead guitar and lead keyboard work. Moves from catchy to brutal. Unbeatable song.

7)Alteration- 10/10. Excellent song. Enya-style keyboards moving into great leads. Works well with Sankala's drumming style.

8)Using the Word- 10/10. What can I say, a great finale. Moving keyboard solo, meaningful lyrics, and a moving riff. Beautiful song. Closes the album perfectly. I love the spit Pekka lets out to end the song.

But don't take my word for it, get this album now! Then get the EVEN BETTER They Will Return and Swampsong. What can I say, this is a consistently great album. Get the three of them in whatever order you like, because they are all so good and you're missing out unless you get all three! And don't forget to buy their album coming out this year (I think).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 26 Jan 2005
By Scott V. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I must admit, I'm a huge fan of Children of Bodom, but I'd have to say this is better. Everything on this album kicks ass. The guitars show melodic talent and the vocals are really good to. If you want to get get Hatecrew Deathroll, get this instead. Any fan of CoB or Norther would love this. Best song:Withering Away. 10/10
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Melodic Death Metal 9 Oct 2001
By Adam R Martray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'll have to completely disagree with the last reviewer...Kalmah sounds nothing like Cradle Of Filth. While I can see how one who knows little about metal could make the comparison, anyone into the genre will be able to see the distinctions (growled, not screeched, vocals, less emphasis on keyboards, a more brutal and straightforward approach to songwriting, less of a "we're so evil" image, ect.) between black metal and death metal.
Kalmah sounds more like Soilwork, Children of Bodom, old Dark Tranquility, ect.
Here the offer eight tracks of fast (and I'm talking super-fast) melodic death metal. Heavy and...oh yeah, did I mention fast? Great guitar leads, and looped solos often replacing simple riffs, this should be a must have for the serious metal fan.
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