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Kalmah is a melodic death metal band from Oulu, Finland that formed in 1998. In less than a year after its formation, Kalmah was signed by Spinefarm Records. The word "kalmah" is Karelian and could be translated as "to the grave" or "to the death.
Vreid was formed in 2004 after the demise of ”Sognametal” legends Windir.
Vreid have released 5 albums & 1 DVD. Their last album ”V” is the biggest success and it received fantastic critics such as 6/6 in Scream Magazine, 5/6 in Norwegian national newspapers VG & Dagbladet, and 9/10 in US main metal mag Decibel to name a few. ”V” was also nominated to the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann) for best Norwegian metal album in 2011.
Vreids music is referred to as ”Black & Roll”. UK Metal Hammer described their music as a unique time travel in metal, and one can hear elements of 70ties rock, 80ties classic metal and Norwegian black metal. This unique sound is blended with historical inspired lyrics. Their 3rd & 4th albums ”I Krig” & Milorg” were both concept albums about the liberation work in Norway during WW2. Liberation was also the keyword on ”V”, but then seen in a brother historical philosophic view.
Vreid is a heavy touring band. They have done 300 shows in 20 different countries. They have played major festivals like Wacken, Summer Breeze, Party San, Metal Camp, Inferno, Ragnarok, HITS, ØYA etc.,and toured with bands such as Enslaved, Pestilence, Marduk, Unleashed, Eluvetie, Belphegor, Einherjer & Kampfar to name a few. In 2011 Vreid headlined tours in Norway, Europe & North America.
In 2012 Vreid will tour India for the first time as a central part of the ”Questionings” performance. This performance will also come to Norway, and Vreid will there as the first metal band perform in the national opera house in Oslo. In 2012 Vreid will also do some selected shows & festivals such as the ”Fire walk with me festival” in Oslo where they will perform the entire ”I Krig” album. Otherwise the main priority for Vreid in 2012 is to work on their 6th album, which will be released in the first half of 2013.