Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
The debut EP Demoni contains 6 songs. The opening track Piru is a story about that Old Nick that lures with its twisted phrases all of us to the road of no return. This song was originally released as a demo version with a music video. The video material is cut from the German film Faust, released in 1926.
Elävä vainaa is brimming with the smell of smoke and eternal fire. The character of the endless road to damnation is further revealed in the psalms of this song. The song was originally released as a demo version with a music video.
The lyrics for the song Lupaus are from an old wooden hearse at St Mary´s Church in Sastamala, Finland, dated 1834. Lupaus was written and recorded in a day at a cottage in the middle of the nowhere. The writing process was fueled with beer. The song was released as a demo version.
Valo is a desperate cry for light. The innately dark soul of man answers to the alluring temptation of the shadows. This dark psalm is from a few years back and also was released as a brutal demo version.
The track Mustaa emanates the silent darkness of the shadows hanging over the void. Mustaa is perhaps the first song written in the story of this one-man doom metal project. It found a new shape during autumn 2018 and was released with a music video.
Kalmo writes its songs in Finnish. The exception to the rule is the bonus track Show Me Your Face, which was written for a YouTube competition. The original version was more Demon Quality and Low Fidelity. Fully reformed and re-arranged, it now has more dark strength in its soul and seeks to unfold the listener’s sold soul’s full fate. Demoni summarizes and concludes an episode in Kalmo’s story. Some of the EP’s songs are from very early years and some have been written within the past two years. With this release, 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.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
You might have heard several doom metal bands. They are all great and Kalmo rises skulls to all of them. Kalmo wants to be something bit different. It invites into further into the darkness. It is raw and inimitable. Kalmo wants to push the boundaries and experiment to see what is behind of the next gate on the way to damnation and the ultimate end of this all.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
All Kalmo has done so far are all done by Kalmo itself, excluding mixing and mastering. Recording was done at home studio here in Finland. Recording took about three months. Mixing and mastering phase was about one month. Taking and editing the promo pictures, writing the press releases and contacting the media, bloggers and magazines took quite a bunch of days. There were 113 lines in total in Demoni’s project plan, some of which still to be completed. The project has sucked all the time available what is left from daily work and sleeping. It has been all worth of it.
Interesting stories…hmm.. Perhaps our cats could be the one. We have five cats living in the house with us. They have participated the work by tearing papers left on the table, appearing suddenly on promo picture scene just in the moment when the camera trigger was pressed, sleeping on the key board when you need to work on something. Lovely furry metal lovers \m/
I want to take this opportunity to give a shout out to Runar Magnussen. He was great capturing the ideas and visions I had for the songs and turn them into mixing and mastering witchcraft. He had also excellent ideas to bring even more to the songs.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
For the cover art I tried to catch the atmosphere of the music. It needed to present the forms of demons, forms of evilness and the mysterious dark mist that partly covers them. I wanted to have the forms and imagery to be something that is bit twisted but yet a bit familiar.
The lyrics are about the grim visions about the evident end of this all we live in. The verses praise the creatures and the scenery on the way to omega. The lyrics are in Finnish. However, there is a bonus track in English. The lyrics have been translated into English and the CD contains a booklet with lyrics in both Finnish and English.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
The feeling of being able to express the musical visions. This also gives me to passage to make it visible to the others. If the tones used and stories told will find a way to metalhead’s soul and dark heart, Kalmo is more than thankful.
In the near future, Kalmo will be focusing on relaxing for a moment. There are a few songs on the table to be worked on. I will give them time and slowly mold and reshape them until they find their final form. Most likely there will be one or two singles released still during this year. In longer term, visions are to release a set of dark psalms, preferably in vinyl in addition to digital form.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
The EP is available as a digital edition and a CD release. Kalmo makes its doom in Finnish: for those doomed ones not so familiar with this brutal language, the CD version contains a booklet with lyrics in both Finnish and English. Also available is a Demoni t-shirt, for wrapping that doomed cadaver in. The number of CD copies is limited to only 200 copies.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
Kalmo casts the promotion spells in modern digital platforms available. As all is DIY, social media, websites, blogwriters and webzines supporting underground are worth of more than a drop of virgin’s blood in the position of a black rite.
Where can we order it from?
The altar you can chant your summon for copies of Demoni is at Kalmo’s Bandcamp page https://doom.kalmo.fi/album/demoni