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For The Revolution Import

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Album number five from the Finnish horde. Catchy melodies and stellar production abound!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. For the Revolution
  2. Dead Man's Shadow
  3. Holy Symphony of War
  4. Wings of Blackening
  5. Ready for Salvation
  6. Towards the Sky
  7. Outremer
  8. Coward
  9. Like a Slave


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Spinefarm Records
  • ASIN: B0017IKQGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By I. Lopez on May 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Another Classic Melodic album at its best! This album features more of a variety in vocals. Kalmah uses their old high pitched vocals and their new but intense low vocals as heard on their previous release "The Black Waltz". The guitars and bass are just phenomenal in terms of how they incorporate melodies and heavyness. Solos are just great as well. The drums of course as always are brutal and so so creative. The keyboard is what suprised me the most(in a great way). I thought Kalmah was going for a more symphonic death way(as in the black waltz) but they actually mixed alot of their old elements, with new. They go back to using synths, but still use strings. A new element of the keys is a bell sound.(this is just one new element!) So this album is pretty much perfect. Old and New fans will definitely love this album!! Buy two!!
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Not wanting to get too long winded I'll keep this short and sweet. First off, I keep hearing people say that Kalmah sounds like this band or that band. The fact of the matter is that I enjoy Kalmah much more than any of them. Amazing drumming, solos that don't sound like the ones in every other song, and impecable musicianship all around. While I really enjoyed "For the Revolution" on the first listen I still liked "Black Waltz" and "Swampsong" a little better. After owning the album for two weeks I've listened to it through about a dozen times and it gets better every time. So if you enjoy speed/thrash/death/melodic metal bands with killer chops and technicality without sacrificing musicality who stay true to themselves without getting boring then you will definitely enjoy For the Revolution and Kalmah's other offerings. Highly recomended.
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Yet another solid release by the dependable quintet. Not that I was expecting anything else.

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.
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Kalmah as been on a roll the past few years putting out great albums one after another all with something new and fresh about it. This new album "for the revolution" continues the roll of greatness. Its pretty much a mix of their last 2 albums. the vocals continue to have more of a focus on the deep growls like their previous album "the black waltz" but this time they add more of the higher scream screeches from their earlyer work in the mix too, but its still pretty much dominated by the growls (which i think is a good thing). the music this time is more riff orientated than their last 2 albums. less epic, but it still has its melodic epic parts just not as many as usual. the guitar playing is still great. many great solos on this album! same can be said about the keyboards! great keyboard playing. the drummer is like a damn machine very tight rhythem section in general! overall is is a amazing melodic death metal album with very talented musicians in it. i give it 4 starts simply cause its not up to the level of "the black waltz" that album was a masterpeice. this album still is great though give it a listen!
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For the Revolution is a blast of keyboard symphonies and amazing guitar hooks. The album is really memorable but lacks the heavier riffing and intensity of its predecessor The Black Waltz. That being said FTR is still satisfying if you would rather be listening to Kalmah's more melodic material.

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.
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Kalmah seems to be one of those bands that doesn't like to change their sound like some of those other 'lilly pad jumper' bands out there. Instead they just rely on progressing their music, as in just getting better with playing, song composition, timing, and instrumental blending. Alas if you lay out Kalmah's discography and listen to each one in order of release (probably with the exception of Black Waltz), you will notice that not only does the latter of each released album just sound more cool, but it is actually better than the one before it.

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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