Finnish metallers KALMAH will release their sixth album, "12 Gauge", on March 3 via Spinefarm Records. The CD, which which will be made available in Japan on February 24, 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 [smoothly], as always, even though this time the recordings were done in three different time periods within a half a year," according to the band.
"12 Gauge" track listing:
01. Rust Never Sleeps
02. One of Fail
03. Bullets Are Blind
05. Better Not To Tell
06. Hook The Monster
08. 12 Gauge
The Japanese version of the CD will include a cover version of THIN LIZZY's "Cold Sweat".
Regarding the new album's musical direction, lead guitarist Antti Kokko stated, "It is very KALMAH-like, but we haven't forgot to introduce new tuning here and there."
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 was a cover of SEPULTURA's "Arise", while on the visual side, "The Groan Of Wind" (a song from 2006's "Black Waltz") was also 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".