Kalmah is a melodic death metal band from Oulu, Finland that formed in 1998. In less than a year after its formation, Kalmah was signed by Spinefarm Records, a Finnish record label. "Kalmah" is Karelian and could be translated as "to the grave" or "to the death". The band is often termed "Swamp Metal" after their album cover themes.
Kalmah began in 1991 when Pekka Kokko and Petri Sankala founded the band Ancestor which originally played thrash metal, speed metal and death metal. After Ancestor had recorded two demos, Antti Kokko joined the band as lead guitarist. In 1998, after having recorded five demos and going through five different bassists whose names are unknown, Ancestor disbanded, and was refounded as Kalmah. The new band consisted of Pekka Kokko (vocals, guitar), Antti Kokko (lead guitar), Pasi Hiltula (keyboards), Altti Vetelšinen (bass), and Petri Sankala (drums) and converted to melodic death metal, but still incorporating their original styles.
The newly formed Kalmah then began to write new songs for a promotional CD entitled Svieri Obraza. With this demo, they acquired a recording contract with Spinefarm Records. The band then headed to Tico-Tico Studios to record their debut album.
Their debut album, Swamplord, was released in 2000. The band had dozens of interviews and played a few shows in Finland before heading back to their rehearsal place to write the follow-up to Swamplord.
By November 2001, the band had returned to Tico-Tico Studios to record their second studio album, They Will Return. However, the line-up had changed due to the departure of Altti Vetelšinen and Petri Sankala. They were replaced by Timo Lehtinen on bass and Janne Kusmin on drums.
In 2002, Kalmah played a couple of shows in Finland and played at Wacken Open Air. Late in 2002, the band began to write new songs for their third studio album. In February 2003, Kalmah once again returned to Tico-Tico Studios with ten new songs for their third studio album entitled Swampsong. In 2004, keyboardist Pasi Hiltula decided to leave the band. Marco Sneck later joined the band as the new keyboardist.
In November 2005, the band once again returned to Tico-Tico Studios to record their fourth studio album, The Black Waltz. The new album which consisted of eleven new songs was recorded and mixed at Tico-Tico Studios, and mastered by Mika Jusilla at Finnvox.
In May 2007, their fifth studio album was announced on their official site and is said to be released in Winter/Spring 2008. Kalmah have stated that they have seven songs ready and will enter the studios with Ahti Kortelainen in October to record the next album. The new album is said to be heavier and even more riff-oriented than those before it, but the melodies and basic Kalmah sound will still be present.
On January 22, 2008, it was announced on their official site that the mixing of the album has been completed and that the album is ready for mastering.The album layout is on the way and the promo shootings and the basic idea for the cover and booklet have been completed. The album was released on April 23, 2008.
The new Kalmah album is titled 'For the Revolution'
Worlds Collide website has updated with a brand new MKPodcast, you can find it and listen to it on the bottom. Some Key points they mention are:
The E3 Build of MKvsDC will include Scorpion, Sub-zero, Batman, Superman, The Flash, and one more unannounced character.
Each character will have their own unique Free-Fall and Klose Kombat attacks (such as Catwoman scratching, and Scorpion brutally punching).
The Comic-Con build of MKvsDC will include a few new characters (not shown in E3) that will "have a huge impact on the fans..."
Liu Kang (obvious) and Captain Marvel (unexpected) have been announced to the game.
Of course you can get more info, more news, and listen to the full audio which will answer a few questions (some good, some obvious) and they will keep us updated with a 3rd episode if anything else comes up. You can check out the MKpodcast off the MKvsDC website: http://worldscollide.com/
Another thing: Gamespot has just updated their website with some new E3 Preview coverage. They show off a new MKvsDC trailer which shows off a bit of the new characters, as well as the last 10 seconds include a glimpse of Scorpion's Toasty Fatality (Yes, there will be Fatalities and Brutalities). A key aspect of the coverage is a mention of "Test Your Might" which will be making a return to the game. Gamespot was quoted saying "As far as the new 'test your might' minigame goes, we have to say we're very pleased by how it fits in to the action." So I have high hopes for that as well.
Also off the MKvsDC website you can find several new (old ones are up as well, in case you're interested or you might have missed it) hi-res character renders (under "Download Art") of such characters as:
My Opinion (If it means anything):
I love the Shang Tsung render. It's my favorite so far. I love the stance, the attire looks great-- a mixture of DA facial with a new blend of MK3 ninja. The souls look cool, and it's great to finally see the renders in some type of action.
I don't like the Sonya render. She looks physically fit, but I'm not digging the stiff nips and the thong tan-line. Not to mention see looks like Chris Crocker with a subtle yet noticeable 5 O' clock shadow. I'm also not digging the emo-style haircut... maybe it's the angle, who knows. I'm digging the background though... it kinda reminds me of Guile's stage.
Flash looks great. Again, the render is actually in some kind of unique motion and I think that's great. He has some good facial features, and the costume is exactly what I expected. The motion blur for the speed looks good and the background behind him looks fairly decent as well. I dunno about the lips, they're good but there's just something about em.
Catwoman looks great. I'm really digging the leather and the unzipped cleavage. It really suits her bad-girl image, and I think that's a good thing to get across especially for a character such as herself. I'm not really digging the goggles, although if they are sticking with the comics, the goggles are used a lot so I can tolerate them easily. I'm just not glad they didn't go with the Halle Berry look, and I certainly wouldn't mind the Michelle P. look that Tim Burton was aiming for. Otherwise, I'm pretty satisfied.
My overall opinion of the game, I think it's coming out fairly well. The more gameplay videos I see, and the more renders I find, the better the games starts to look and feel. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us during E3 and Comic-Con... in fact, I was skeptical at first, but now I think I may actually buy this game.
For those who are still curious as to what exactly MK vs DC is going to be you can listen to their periodical MKPodcast, and they will talk about the game, up to date information, answer some fan-based questions.
Another thing, this Friday's episode of "Gametrailers TV" will feature more hands-on exclusive information about MK vs DC, as well as information on some new unannounced characters (rumored to be Catwoman, Shang Tsung, Sonya, Flash, etc...), plus a few new renders and exclusive in-game footage. Catch it this Friday at 10PM (Pacific)-- 1AM (Central).
Also, the latest issue of PSM3 will have further pictures and information about the upcoming MK vs DC. Feel free to grab a copy at your nearest store.