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I'll try to keep this short and not repeat what the last reviewer said. In this album, the lyrics are less abstract and more about war (or anti-war, I should say) and revolution. The title of the review is a line from "Holy Symphony of War", and the title track is an unrelenting brutal-yet-melodic call to rise and revolt. Some lyrics are cheesy/eyebrow-raising (e.g., Wings of Blackening), but I'm not holding that against them... it's melodeath after all :)
The drumming is exceptional as usual. The keys are used in wonderful cohesion with the guitar lines, such as in the track Outremer. One "downside" of the album is that there aren't really any slow tracks (with the exception of perhaps Ready for Salvation), so it's a somewhat energy-sapping 44 minutes.
If you're new to Kalmah, this may not be the best album to start at; Kalmah's high-speed melodic style is exemplified best (in my opinion) in Swampsong where the vocalist uses a (really awesome) lower pitch growl throughout (he switched to traditional death vox in The Black Waltz). For people who (like me) love melodeath but don't much like plain old death metal, start at one of the earlier albums and work your way forward.
Recommended tracks: For the Revolution, Dead Man's Shadow, Wings of Blackening, Outremer, Like a Slave.
The middle of the record can fade into the background if you're not paying attention, but it picks up for the last three tracks. A good buy.
It is actually quite impressive how far this band has come. FTR is very instrumental, well composed, progressively thrashy melodic death metal at its core. And the vocalist has backed off some of the death vocals and threw in some more of higher thrash vocals like older Kalmah did. So with that said, I'll leave to you to imagine how outstanding For the Revolution sounds compared to its predecessors.
For The Revolution is definitely a nominee for album of the year but the reason I give only 4 stars is simple: ITS NO BLACK WALTZ. And if every album Kalmah put out sounded like The Black Waltz then it woundn't be that great of an album, now would it?
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This is a badass album from start to finish. I'd highly recommend you check this album out. You will not be disappointed. Buy it, listen to it, and enjoy it.Published 19 months ago by Spikedskull
One of Top 3 bands of all time.
I guess this one also slightly differs in color from the earlier albums, but so what? Read more
Ok, Kalmah has always been sweet. My first Kalmah record was "Swamplord" and I've been a fan since. This record is even better than their previous stuff (besides "Black Waltz")... Read morePublished on February 26, 2009 by No
A good album from the genera of Folk/Death etc. Catchy rhythm that sounds folky but keeps a death metal edge. Read morePublished on September 30, 2008 by Erik Kim Sandved