Interview with Kalmo
Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:
Kalmo is raw, dark, brutal and experimental doom metal. Music is done with true blackened heart. It opens gates to hidden emotions of metal lady or lad. It is one of a kind. It is DYI and unique.
What Kalmo does is not for the masses. It is for the people interested in things in shadows, things people who go with the standard flow never think and shun. In case you want to stand in the darkness and stand out from the gray mass, you are into what Kalmo does.
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
I wanted it to sound brutal, full, overwhelming – something that creeps under your skin slowly. Not with one go, not even with second listening, perhaps not even with third, but after a while.
How does your writing process normally work out?
It depends. Sometimes I have lyrics ready first and a riff fits to some phrases there and writing a song starts from there. Sometimes I have an idea for the riffs or even a full verse or chorus and I start to write lyrics on that. There is no one pattern how these evolve. As I am working on all the instruments by myself the writing process is slow.
What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?
I want to release more EPs work on new music videos. I have storyboards ready for some, but the production is something I will need to figure out 😀
As being one man’s mayhem, playing live may be unworkable. However, you never know what will arise from the mist of dark dungeons in the future.
What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?
Some of the artists and bands that inspire Kalmo are Celtic Frost, Triptykon, Slayer, King Diamond, Candlemass, Black Sabbath, Gallhammer, Hellhammer, Vorum, Master. The true seed of Kalmo was laid somewhere in the mid-80s. Celtic Frost’s Circle of Tyrants ignited the fire. Now, after some 35 years, the flames are so high that they scorch the heights of heaven.
What’s next for you?
With debut EP release “Demoni”, as a demonic rite of passage, Kalmo is ready for more. New dark verses are being written. New evil psalms are being silently chanted in the darkness. The sinews of the sinister are gaining power. The doom will be inevitable. The forms are to be casted. Longer term visions are composing something to be made in vinyl.