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Style: Melodic Death Metal
Year of birth: 1992
Country: Finland
Views: 7997. Updated: 02 December, 2004 by Project Moderators

Biography of Band

The story of Kalmah begun in 1991 when Pekka Kokko(v, g) and Petri Sankala founded Ancestor. After 2 demos Antti Kokko joined the band to handle the position of lead guitarist. In 1998 after all in all 5 melodic trash/speed/death metal demos and 5 different bass players it was time to clear the table. Acenstor was buried and refounded as Kalmah. The Line-up was completed by keyboard player Pasi Hiltula.

With new enthusiasm Kalmah started to write new songs for the praised promo CD. With raging melodic death/trash/speed/black metal promo 'Svieri Obraza' the band had finally done the breakthrough and reached a contract with Spikefarm Records. The band wasted no time and headed to Tico-Tico studios with line-up Pekka Kokko(v, g), Antti Kokko(g), Petri Sankala(d), Pasi Hiltula(k) and Altti Veteläinen(b). The story of Swamplord begun…

"Swamplord" was unleashed to the world in the winter of 2000. The album immediately gathered tons of raving reviews and no wonder, the power and intensity of Kalmah's metal is simply breathtaking, to say the least. The band did dozens of interviews and the praise from the scene kept flooding the Spikefarm office and the band's website. They also played a few shows in Finland before heading back to the rehearsal-swamp to write the follow-up to "Swamplord".

By November 2001, the band was back at Tico-Tico Studios recording "They Will Return". The line-up had changed a bit due to the departure of Altti and Petri. They were promptly replaced by Timo Lehtinen (from Catamenia) on bass and Janne Kusmin behind the drumkit. "They Will Return" is an album displaying all the aspects that make Kalmah such an incredible band: from the stunning execution and rich melodies to the huge intensity and overall finesse of Kalmah's music, there was no question that Kalmah had great things ahead of them.

In summer 2002 Kalmah played couple of gigs in Finland and gig at Wacken, which was a success. In autumn the band started to write new material for the next studio album. After heavy practising and rehearsal sessions swamplords were back at Tico-Tico again in February 2003 with 10 new killer songs. The new album was titled 'Swampsong'. Heavy guitar driven melodic swamp metal masterpiece was finalized at Finnvox studios.

Additional Notes: Formerly known as Ancestor.

Members of Kalmah

Current Members:
Antti Kokko. In Band at: 1997 - . Role: Lead Guitar
Side projects: Eternal Tears of Sorrow
Pekka Kokko. In Band at: 1992 - . Role: Guitar, Vocals
Side projects: Eternal Tears Of Sorrow
Janne Kusmin. In Band at: 2001 - . Role: Drums
Side projects: ex-Catamenia, Dope Tribe Devils, Limator, Soulhammer, Wrathage
Timo Lehtinen. In Band at: 2001 - . Role: Bass
Side projects: Catamenia, Synthetic Soul
Marco Sneck. In Band at: 2004 - . Role: Keyboards
Side projects: Poisonblack
Past Members:
Petri Sankala. Period: 1992 - 2000. Role: Drums
Side projects: Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, For My Pain
Pasi Hiltula. Period: 2000 - 2003. Role: Keyboards
Side projects: Burning Point, Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, Losted, Scenery Channel
Anssi Seppanen. Period: 1992 - 1993. Role: Guitars
Altti Vetelainen. Period: 2000 - 2000. Role: Bass
Side projects: Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, For My Pain, National Napalm Syndicate
Antti-Matti Talala. Period: 1999 - 2000. Role: Keyboards
Side projects: Eternal Tears Of Sorrow


Demo: Ethereal Devotion (1992) Tracklist.
Comment: Recorded as Ancestor.
Demo: Material World God (1996) Tracklist.
Comment: Recorded as Ancestor.
Demo: With No Strings Attached (1996) Tracklist.
Comment: Recorded as Ancestor
Demo: Tomorrow (1997) Tracklist.
Comment: Recorded as Ancestor.
Promo: Under the Burbot`s Nest (1998) Tracklist.
Comment: Recorded as Ancestor.
Promo: Svieri Obraza (1999) Tracklist.
CD: Swamplord (2000) Studio: Spikefarm Records. Tracklist.
CD: They Will Return (2002) Studio: Century Media. Tracklist.
CD: Swampsong (2003) Studio: Spinefarm. Tracklist.

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