Finnish metallers KALMAH have completed work on their sixth album for an early 2010 release via Spinefarm Records. The CD, which previously had a working title of "12 Gauge", was recorded between June and August 2009 at Tico Tico studio in Kemi, Finland and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Sweden. Nine new songs and one cover version were laid down during the sessions which "went pretty smoothly," the band says. "We had everything pretty much ready before the studio and it was easy to just concentrate on the sound and perfection of the performance. The sound, well, of course the sound is great. We managed to dig out more depression and aggression overall."
KALMAH adds, "From now on, we are concentrating on the cover art, booklet and stuff.
"We have some upcoming shows at Russia in the beginning of November and we are planning for Finnish shows at the beginning of 2010."
KALMAH was forced to cancel its previously announced shows at the Unirock Extreme Festival in Istanbul, Turkey and Nuclear Nightclub in Oulu, Finland due to a hand injury suffered by the band's guitarist/vocalist Pekka Kokko.
KALMAH's fifth studio album, "For The Revolution", was released in the U.K. in July 2008 via Spinefarm.
For the U.K. version of "Revolution", selected bonus audio/visual content was added to the mix, along with a slipcase bearing exclusive new artwork. The bonus audio track is a cover of SEPULTURA's "Arise", while on the visual side, "The Groan Of Wind" (a song from 2006's "Black Waltz") has also been included as an enhanced video.
"For the Revolution" in May 2008 landed at position No. 17 on the Finnish national album chart. This was the band's strongest chart showing to date in Finland.
The CD's cover artwork was designed by former SENTENCED drummer Vesa Ranta, who was also responsible for the artwork of KALMAH's previous album, "The Black Waltz".
Fan-filmed video footage of KALMAH's April 29, 2008 concert in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada can be viewed below (courtesy of "DarthGrimby").