Kalmah
Palo


3.5
great

Review

by Tosmok Muzyki USER (3 Reviews)
November 23rd, 2021 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Long time metallers for more than two decades and ploughing into their eighth album, the Finnish melodeath masters have had little reason to alter their sound, and thank the Swamplord for it.

‘Palo’, Finnish for Fire, an entirely appropriate name for an album that brings such warmth yet remains deadly at the same time.

Every song is by the book, straight out happy-go-lucky melodeath. Thrashy galloping guitars, Pekka growling his heart out, follow-along drums and occasional but welcome Kananen piano and synth pieces. Nothing in particular stands out—indeed the album blends together as one great jam session. It’s not too much of an issue though, as while hardly a song shines sharply from the rest, none can be said to be very poor either.

The album lacks power overall, certainly with respect to their previous masterpieces in their debut, The Black Waltz, and 12 Gauge, but does put out some intense sections on The World of Rage, Into the Black Marsh, and Waiting in the Wings. The melodies are straightforward and pleasant if not amazingly so, with the denouement in The Stalker containing the best and more creative compositions. Piano sections are done particularly well on World, Black Marsh, and Take Me Away, although Marsh has to be the weakest song owing to its more mundane riffage.

The hardened metalhead is unlikely to be impressed by the opener Blood Ran Cold, Paystreak, or Through the Shallow Waters, but are more than passable for any true Kalmah fan. The ‘hip-hip hooray’s on The Evil Kin however are lame and stale by any standard, thinly veiled and poignant criticism of mankind’s foibles as they may be, the only element holding it back from being a four-star song and giving The Stalker some competition.

In short, Palo is as much as its title suggests—a comfortable fire by which to warm your aural phalanges after a long day treading the winters of a cold, clamorous world. Just don’t get too close.


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ToSmokMuzyki
November 23rd 2021


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as requested by many a user

ToSmokMuzyki
November 23rd 2021


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cmon ppl i didnt write a track by track and used proper grammars n site guidelines gimme sum likes

ToSmokMuzyki
November 23rd 2021


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oi u douchebags ur trollin me u know dis is good

ToSmokMuzyki
November 23rd 2021


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revenge of the butthurt

BallsToTheWall
November 23rd 2021


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Lol!

ToSmokMuzyki
November 24th 2021


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lmao

ToSmokMuzyki
November 24th 2021


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all the kalmah haters out there damn

ToSmokMuzyki
November 25th 2021


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this site should be like youtube and just get rid of the dislike button

ToSmokMuzyki
November 25th 2021


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guess i'll stick to tearing apart beloved but overblown relics

ToSmokMuzyki
November 25th 2021


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lmao who changed their vote after i said that



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