Kalmen – Funeral Seas

Second full length for the German band Kalmen, promoters of a good black doom with important psychedelic shades. Even if sometimes certain affirmations can appear forced, Funeral Seas is an album that shows in a decisive way its Germanic imprint, thanks to its austere and obscure flow, reminding at a sound level of bands whose belonging to black metal is however sui generis like Secret Of The Moon (before the alternative turn) or Helrunar.
This means that the work is very restless, rarely set on too fast rhythms but, on the contrary, often indulging in more than one passage in rarefied atmospheres that recall post metal. All this makes Funeral Seas an interesting album, with a not so easy fruition as tension and darkness prevail on the sporadic melodic openings, but with the talent, typical of successful albums, to grow with the flow of the tracklist and enter more and more in the circle after each listening. As an emblem of the work we can extrapolate the two central tracks, Uninfinite Black and Swansong, in their own way dichotomous with the first one more black oriented and not without a certain groove and the second one, much more atmospheric but also threatening, which results in my opinion the qualitative peak of Funeral Seas. Kalmen prove to be a band of great value, to be counted among the most restless and less obvious interpreters of the extreme matter gravitating between black, doom and sludge, thanks to a psychedelic component well dosed and that never reaches, of course, the lysergic peaks of certain stoner.

2018 – Ván Records