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Kalmah - Jalometalli 2008 - 01.jpg
Finnish melodic death metal band Kalmah
live at Jalometalli 2008 in Oulu.
Background information
Also known asAncestor (1991–1998)
OriginOulu, Finland
GenresMelodic death metal, power metal
Years active1998–present
LabelsSpinefarm, Century Media
Associated actsEternal Tears of Sorrow, Children of Bodom, Catamenia, Nothnegal, End of You, Poisonblack
MembersPekka Kokko
Antti Kokko
Timo Lehtinen
Janne Kusmin
Veli-Matti Kananen
Past membersAltti Veteläinen
Petri Sankala
Pasi Hiltula
Anssi Seppänen
Marco Sneck
Kalmah at Party.San 2017

Kalmah is a melodic death metal [1][2] band from Oulu,[3][4][5] Finland that formed in 1998.[6][7] In less than a year after its formation, Kalmah was signed by Spinefarm Records.[citation needed] The word "kalmah" is Karelian and could be translated as "to the grave" or "to the death".[2]


In 1991, Pekka Kokko and Petri Sankala founded the metal band Ancestor. After Ancestor had recorded two demos, Antti Kokko joined the band as lead guitarist. In 1998, after five demos, Ancestor disbanded and Kalmah formed. The new band consisted of Pekka Kokko performing vocals and guitar, Antti Kokko on lead guitar, Pasi Hiltula on keyboards, Altti Veteläinen on bass, and Petri Sankala on drums.

Kalmah began to write songs for a promotional CD entitled Svieri Obraza. With this demo, they acquired a recording contract with Spinefarm Records and headed to Tico-Tico Studios to record their debut album, Swamplord.

By November 2001, they returned to Tico-Tico Studios to record their second studio album, They Will Return. By this time, Veteläinen and Sankala were replaced by Timo Lehtinen on bass and Janne Kusmin on drums, respectively. In 2002, Kalmah played shows in Finland and at Wacken Open Air. In February 2003, they recorded their third studio album, Swampsong. In 2004, keyboardist Pasi Hiltula left and was replaced by Marco Sneck. The band released The Black Waltz in 2006 and For the Revolution in 2008. Kalmah toured in Canada and Finland to promote the latter album.

12 Gauge[edit]

Kalmah's sixth studio album was released in Japan on 24 February 2010, Canada on 2 March, Europe on 3 March and North America on 6 April.[8]

Recording and mixing took place from May to August at Tico-Tico Studios in Finland,[9] and mastering for the disc took place at the Cutting Room in Sweden.[10]

The track "Bullets Are Blind" was released in December 2009 on a 2-CD collection included with the 35th anniversary issue of Soundi magazine.[11]

In March 2010, 12 Gauge became the first Kalmah album to be released on vinyl. The album was mastered for vinyl by Joona Lukala, Noise for Fiction, and released by Svart Records in a limited run of 500 copies.[12]

Seventh Swamphony[edit]

In 2012, Kalmah finished filming a new music video for their upcoming album, due to be released in 2013. The band have kept fans up to date with their process via social networking website Facebook by uploading different photos, as well as a short behind the scenes video from the day of filming their video. They also announced that they currently have 6 songs finished, and they plan to enter the studio in January 2013.

The artwork for their seventh studio album will be created by artist Juha Vuorma, the man also behind the art of Kalmah's first 3 albums.[13]

In April 2013, it was announced that the band will release their seventh studio album, Seventh Swamphony, on 17 June.[14]


Kalmah's eighth album, Palo, was released on April 6, 2018. A single from the album, "Evil Kin" was released on February 9, 2018.

Musical style[edit]

The band's musical style is primarily classified as melodic death metal with their sound including strong influences of power metal, thrash metal and black metal. Musically, the band has been compared to fellow Finnish metal acts Children of Bodom, Norther and Wintersun.


Band members[edit]

Current Lineup
Pekka Kokko
Antti Kokko
Timo Lehtinen
Janne Kusmin
Veli-Matti Kananen



  1. ^ Sweeney, Brian (19 April 2008). "Antti Kokko of Kalmah". Metal Review. Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  2. ^ a b Renner, Christian (3 November 2001). "Interview with guitarist Antti Kokko". The Metal Crypt. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  3. ^ "Band biography". Tartarean Desire. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  4. ^ Pigeon, Tim (22 February 2006). ""The Black Waltz" Album Review". Metal Review. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  5. ^ "Kalmah". metalunderground.com. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ Kalmah. "Kalmah - Swamp Metal". kalmah.com. Archived from the original on 6 December 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Kalmah – For the Revolution (Advance)". Releaselog. 28 April 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  8. ^ "Kalmah – One of Fail". Last.fm. Retrieved 23 February 2010.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Kalmah – Web Gauge (studio diary)". Kalmah.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  10. ^ Kalmah. "Kalmah - Swamp Metal". kalmah.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  13. ^ Kalmah. "Kalmah - Swamp Metal". kalmah.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  14. ^ Blabbermouth (3 April 2013). "KALMAH To Release 'Seventh Swamphony' In June". blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  15. ^ Kalmahik's Channel's channel on YouTube
  16. ^ "Antti-Matti "Antza" Talala Biography". Metal from Finland. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2010.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kalmah at Wikimedia Commons