Finnish metallers KALMAH have been forced to cancel their previously announced shows at the Unirock Extreme Festival in Istanbul, Turkey and Nuclear Nightclub in Oulu, Finland. The band says, "Both gigs will be rescheduled to 2010. Nightclub will host our album release party in the beginning of 2010." KALMAH adds, "The reason for canceling is Pekka's [Kokko; vocals, guitar] accident with brush saw."Check out a photo of Kokko's hand injury below. Affected dates: Oct. 03 - Unirock Extreme Festival - Istanbul, TUR
Oct. 17 - Nuclear Nightclub - Oulu, FIN KALMAH entered the studio earlier in the year to begin recording its sixth full-length album. Nine new songs and a couple of covers are being laid down, with the mixing and mastering sessions set to take place before the end of the year. According to the group, "all KALMAH elements are strongly present and the band has more strength than ever. And we will very likely use real trumpet, so at least that is something new." 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". "For the Revolution" was recorded at Tico Tico studio in Kemi, Finland with producer Ahti Kortelainen and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Sweden. KALMAH took part in the Canadian "For the Revolution" tour with support from Montreal's TALAMYUS.