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Black Waltz [Import]

KalmahAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Naula
  • ASIN: B000EJ9LZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Defeat
2. Bitter Metallic Side
3. Time Takes Us All
4. To The Gallows
5. Svieri Doroga
6. Black Waltz
7. With Terminal Intensity
8. Man Of The King
9. Groan Of Wind
10. Mindrust
11. One From The Stands

Editorial Reviews

Fourteen years after their formation, deathsters Kalmah rise again from the swamplands near Oulu, Finland, bringing along their 4th album Black Waltz, which is a veritable feast of hectic tempos, vivacious guitars and overall high standard of execution in the inimitable Kalmah style, which has already won over metal aficionados in all corners of the world. Boasting a sharp Tico Tico production and Finnvox mastering, The Black Waltz is a sure-fire hit among the old fans, having also tremendous potential for bringing in newcomers to the fold. 11 tracks. Spikefarm Records. 2006.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Waltz July 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is Kalmah's fourth album, entitled The Black Waltz. The album cover is positively ugly! Despite the terrible artwork, the album is very good. Perhaps the most notable change of the music is the vocals. Instead of the usual higher pitched screams (used in Black Metal), we have much lower death growls. I actually like these vocals more, although they are rather incoherent at times. The album is Melodic Death metal, with Thrash parts thrown in. The keyboards provide a grandiose Symphonic sound. The song lengths range from 4 minutes to 5 and a half minutes. (With the exception of Svieri Doroga, which is a minute long). Comparisons to Children Of Bodom are ridiculous, because Bodom is more power/melodic death, whereas this is much heavier (less `cheesy') Melodic Death. The keyboard act as more of an instrument, and accompanies the guitar with the solos. As per usual, the twin Gothenburg guitars are present: one doing lead/solos and the other as the rhythm guitar.

Defeat is a strong opener with eerie Symphonic parts mixed with bombtastic double bass drumming and a guitar-keyboard solo. (A good band comparison would be Wintersun (minus the clean vocals), as Wintersun mixes a load of genres together, with a lot of keyboard work.) Black Metallic Side sounds a little bit like Bodom, but it is heavier. Time Takes Us All begins with powerful drumming, orchestral keyboard work and catchy guitar riffs. To The Gallows mixes minor/diminished chords in the verse with major/minor chords to powerful bass work. The keyboards are not featured as much, leaving a more raw sound.

Svieri Doroga is an acoustic/drum interlude. The Black Waltz is a slower song (well slow compared to the first four pounding tracks), with long drawn out death growls. Around the 2.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Death Metals Manum Opus April 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I really like all of Kalmahs previous releases, but they seemed to be lacking in some way; like they were on the cusp of something great but just couldnt push it over the edge. Well now they have. This is the best Melodic Death CD I have ever heard! They simply took the best elements out of every band out there and forged them into something amazing. The synth are a not so in your face version of Children of Bodom, The lead guitar harmonies are a beautiful mixture of Dark Tranquilites fast stacato riffing mixed with the violence and melody of old in Flames. The softer parts alude to my personal favorite 'Insomnium'. This has been the only cd i have been listening to for several weeks now just because there is no reason to listen to anything else. Kalman has perfected the genre! All hail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoh, this was awesome January 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I loved this band the moment i got a song from swamplord. Their CD's all have a unique sound compared to each other, and this CD had massive changes in it, most good, and only one thing bad that i can think of.

The good is that the vocals uses deep growling in this cd, and it sounds absolute amazing with the deeper sound of the music as a whole. The deeper sound of the music was completely awesome too. The recording sound of this CD is fracking rich in how it portrays all the technical sounds of the guitar and the insane pounding of the drums. "Time takes us all" is my favorite song because of the sound. I don't know if it is because the band created this sound or if it is because the recordings are clearer and just plain more awesome, but whatever happened was incredible. This CD has amazing rifts that are unbelievably catchy and, heck, i'll say awe-inspiring. That is the hole reason why i love all the bands CD's as i have found all the sounds they have created to be awe-inspiring. But that leads to a point of negativity in the new sound of kalmah. I loved their old CD's because the guitarists created a sound that i would associate with fantasy movies/books. I don't know if i could ever describe it to you other than it sounds like fantasy music. It was unbelievably cool :) But they pretty much completely lost that sound, except for a little in "Groan of Wind" and "Defeat".

The best part of the CD though that i have yet to mention is the drumming, which sounds absolutely awesome. It is so deep is sounds like a machine gun cannon. Not that the double-bassmanship is insanely fast like Amon Amarth, but it comes pretty close and fits with this new deep sound perfectly.

This is a masterpiece in my opinion. The deepness of the vocals and drums makes the the band better. And the rifts in this CD by the guitars and keyboards and what make this their best cd so far in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal for the Ages August 24, 2009
By GREG K
Format:Audio CD
Of all Kalmah's albums, the vocals on Black Waltz are the most commanding, and the production value is at its peak. The songs are all complex and layered, and have well crafted transitions throughout. The album positively 'works' together as a whole, with every song contributing its weight, and is easily played straight through. I was a fan of Kalmah from Swamplord and Swampsong, so I pre-ordered Black Waltz off Amazon a few years back. This album was a contender for best metal album of 2006, and is still on my listening rotation; it desreves your attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best kalmah album yet! February 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I Purchased this album at the same time as 12 gauge. In my opinion this album is far better that 12 gauge, although 12 gauge was good as well. This friggin album kills it! Incredibly threatening and unique. There are a lot more deep vocals than usual, but it still sounds awesome! Definately get this. One of all times most under-rated bands ever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest Melodic Death Metal bands!
This album is sooo worth having! I think every Death/Melo Death lover should own this CD and crank the volume, this album is EPIC!
Published 17 months ago by MDM CerealGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Melodic Death Metal Band Ever!
Kalmah is my favorite melodic death metal band ever so this review may not be very helpful to people who are trying to hear the pro's and con's of the band but i'll do my best. Read more
Published on June 20, 2011 by DaRobanater7217
4.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Rebirth
Well, from the first dark, crunchy guitar riff, it's obvious that that this isn't a typical Kalmah album. Read more
Published on August 23, 2009 by Michael P. Desantis
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter and metallic never tasted so sweet
Kalmah is proving to be like a fine wine or beer, improving in depth, complexity, and taste with age. Read more
Published on December 9, 2008 by Mark Neidengard
4.0 out of 5 stars Music that I have missed
I have been a doom metal fan for years from old my dying bride, sentence and amorphis, it has really been wonderful music to listen to. Read more
Published on March 26, 2008 by William G. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Melodic Death metal!
The biggest change in this band's style is the vocals. Gone are the higher pitched vocals in favor of a lower toned death metal style. Read more
Published on May 29, 2007 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Melodic metal with catchy pieces
Finnish melodic metal with really catchy highlights, but not enough of them to suit the picky listener. Read more
Published on March 9, 2007 by Jonas Mølgaard-asmussen
3.0 out of 5 stars good cd
kalmah is a good band but nothing that really stands out as great i think some reviewers think all scandinavian bands all just rule or something.
Published on January 19, 2007 by Meri C. Jakab
5.0 out of 5 stars The best melodic death metal album out there!!!
Kalmah and Norther are two examples of the best melodic death metal has to offer. On this album Kalmah explores with more melodies, and not in your face keyboarding, with perfect... Read more
Published on April 13, 2006 by critico constructivo
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