KALMANKANTAJA
Depressive Black Metal / Atmospheric Black Metal / Non-Metal • Finland

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Kalmankantaja (which translates as "deathbearer") is a depressive black metal band from Hyvinkää in Finland, formed in 2011. The band is primarily the project of multi-instrumentalist Grim666. Nagh was the vocalist from 2011 to 2014 with Tyrant taking over in 2016. V-Khaoz was briefly the group's drummer in 2016.

The debut studio album Kuolonsäkeet was released in 2013. It has not been uncommon for Kalmankantaja to release multiple full-length albums a year, such as during 2014, when four were released.

On their more recent work, circa 2017, the band has turned more towards atmospheric black metal, as heard on the album Demonwoods (2017).

Kalmankantaja has also produced ambient releases Metsäkalmisto (2015) and Metsäkalmisto II (2016).

The group began playing live in 2016 with a trio of session musicians joining Grim666 and Tyrant on stage. Grim666 plays bass in the live setting.

- Biography by Bosh66, adg211288, last updated June 2017.

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Kuolonsäkeet
Depressive Black Metal 2013
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Elävältä Haudattu
Depressive Black Metal 2013
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Ikuinen taival
Depressive Black Metal 2014
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Ahdistus
Depressive Black Metal 2014
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Musta lampi
Depressive Black Metal 2014
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Viimeinen virsi
Depressive Black Metal 2014
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Muinainen
Depressive Black Metal 2015
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Waldeinsamkeit
Depressive Black Metal 2016
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Tyhjyys
Depressive Black Metal 2016
.. Album Cover 4.24 | 3 ratings
Demonwoods
Atmospheric Black Metal 2017
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Routamaa
Atmospheric Black Metal 2017

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Tekopyhyyttä pyhässä temppelissä
Depressive Black Metal 2011
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III
Depressive Black Metal 2011
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Unjoy / Kalmankantaja
Depressive Black Metal 2014
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Metsänkulkija
Depressive Black Metal 2015
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Kalmankantaja / Worthless Lament
Depressive Black Metal 2015
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Metsäkalmisto
Non-Metal 2015
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Kalmankantaja / V-Khaoz
Depressive Black Metal 2015
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Vardan / Kalmankantaja
Depressive Black Metal 2015
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Kalmankantaja / Hermóðr
Depressive Black Metal 2015
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Kalmankantaja / Oþalan
Depressive Black Metal 2015
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Metsäkalmisto II
Non-Metal 2016
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Kalmankantaja / Wyrd
Depressive Black Metal 2016
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Gratzug / Kalmankantaja
Atmospheric Black Metal 2017

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Elämä on kuoleva huora
Depressive Black Metal 2011
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Kylmään hylätyt
Depressive Black Metal 2016
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Demo IV
Atmospheric Black Metal 2017

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Kalmankantaja
Depressive Black Metal 2012
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Metsäkalmisto
Non-Metal 2016
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Aikojen takaa 1
Depressive Black Metal 2017
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Aikojen takaa 2
Depressive Black Metal 2017

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Varjosielu
Depressive Black Metal 2016

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KALMANKANTAJA Routamaa

Album · 2017 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Not content with just releasing Demonwoods (2017) earlier in the year, Finland's productive black metallers Kalmankantaja are already back for another dose of their newfound atmospheric sound in the form of Routamaa (2017), their eleventh album. The band was only started in 2011, releasing their debut Kuolonsäkeet (2013) a couple of years later. The band used to play depressive black metal, but have moved over to atmospheric black metal with their recent releases, with Demonwoods completely shedding any depressive vibes that were still prevalent on their two prior albums Waldeinsamkeit (2016) and Tyhjyys (2016).

Where Demonwoods was made up of two long songs with a short interlude between them, Routamaa instead features six tracks of much shorter durations, ranging from the 4:35 long Ikijää to the 7:27 long Varjon ja Tulen Jumala. This actually ends up with the release being a little bit longer overall, despite Demonwoods title track being a near full ten minutes longer than anything here. The change in songwriting approach may be a conscious attempt from Kalmankantaja to not make the same album twice. If so, the band haven't really been successful or unsuccessful in that regard. Shorter compositions are by their nature generally more direct, which these are, but style wise Routamaa is more or less on the exact same page as its predecessor: atmospheric black metal without any atypical elements, stripped back to its base ingredients without excessive reliance on ambient and/or post-rock.

While calling the music a fairly standardised sound for the atmospheric black metal genre was a description that could also be applied to Demonwoods, the former was at least marked by its long format songs, which were made more noteworthy by having twists and turns take place within them. These six found on Routamaa are solid enough and very listenable, with the very melodic Kylmä Ikuinen standing out from the bunch, but all come across as less interesting by comparison. Though still of what I think of as a mid-length in general it does seem as if considerably less happens within these six songs. The production gives the album a tad harsher sound this time around which may appeal more to certain crowds, but at the end of the day, for me, I can't find Routamaa to be anything more than another atmospheric black metal album coming out of what is one of metal's most over-populated sub-genres. Decent supplemental material if you enjoy the band's other work, but if you don't know them yet and are interested in a recent album, get Demonwoods instead.

KALMANKANTAJA Demonwoods

Album · 2017 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Finland's Kalmankantaja may have only released their debut album Kuolonsäkeet in 2013 but the group, which currently consists of instrumentalist Grim666 and vocalist Tyrant, are, as of the release of Demonwoods (2017), already on their tenth studio album. Known up until this point as part of the depressive black metal scene, the band's last few albums, which include two albums released in 2016, Waldeinsamkeit and Tyhjyys, have also displayed atmospheric black metal elements. It's this territory that Demonwoods now finds the duo fully engaged in.

Demonwoods is just three tracks long, with the middle of those, Sorrow, serving more as an interlude between the other two, which are lengthy compositions at 15:18 for opener The Wanderer in Eternity and 17:16 for the closing title track. The total running time of the release is 35:32, which is a fairly average time for a black metal release, only made notable by most of it being taken up by just two tracks. The style of these tracks is fairly typical atmospheric black metal fare and overall the album does come across as perhaps a bit less interesting style-wise than the prior album Tyhjyys where Kalmankantaja had elements of both the atmospheric and the depressive black metal styles, as well as pure ambient music in its final track.

What Demonwoods is though is very engaging from start to finish, with a fairly well polished production job that allows every detail to be conveyed to its full potential. The two long tracks, rather than droning on and outstaying their welcome feature many shifts in style and mood. Some parts are soft, almost post-rocky and some parts are metal. Most of the vocal parts are traditionally growled with the odd cleanly sung section. Some of the music is driven by the guitars, while some has added synths. Gone from Kalmankantaja's sound though is anything that would remotely still tie them to depressive black metal. This is, overall, a fairly peaceful, pleasant atmospheric black metal experience despite the rather grim cover artwork the album carries and it's a pleasure to spend the thirty-five minutes just soaking it all up.

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