When I first listened to Kaluman, I didn't think much of them. The production of their songs was muffled and the music itself was really boring. Well, Sevared Records must have seen something special in them, because they signed those guys and released their self-titled debut back on March 20. Don't get me wrong, Barrett Amiss II is a cool dude and his label features a bunch of great bands, but I have a feeling that he might have been drunk when he signed some of those bands. This would explain some of the terrible albums his label would occasionally release. I had a feeling that would be the case here, but to my surprise, this album is actually good.
First of all, this album doesn't have the production problems that were on their promo material. All the instruments come in clear as day and the bass is really thick which helps to add to the heaviness. This thick bass is most obvious on the song “Global Genocide”. I know that a lot of the brutal death metal band's on Sevared's lineup feature a great deal of bass, so it's no surprise that Kaluman would feature prominent bass as well. As for the music, it consists of really wicked slam with a few fast parts dispersed throughout. The drummer, Sebastian Abas, also played on Jasad's latest album Rebirth of Jatisunda, so it's not surprising to see that the drumming is awesome. Since this a slam release, he mainly plays a bunch of mid-paced rhythms, but they feature a lot of powerful snare strikes and cymbal crashes. He also occasionally plays some awesome blast beats that feature double bass that sounds like an infernal drill.
The vocals are performed by Aries Kingkong. A rather funny name, but his performance is nothing to laugh about, because it's really brutal. He performs a deep, hoarse growl that reminds me of Jasad's latest work. He also performs some Glen Benton-type demonic screams that are sometimes performed right alongside the growls. The guitars are performed by Daniel and Ferly. Daniel plays for Turbidity and Ferly has been with Jasad since the release of their full-length debut, and by their powers combined, they have created something awesome. They play a shitload of slam riffs that have a crunchy sound and pack a lot of groove, the best of which can be found on “Global Genocide”. They also occasionally play some faster riffs that bring forth swarms of destruction.
Sometimes it helps to give bands a second chance. There are some cases where a band is dismissed as terrible during their early years but end up doing great things. Kaluman is a great example of this. They started off by making mediocre music that was terribly produced, but then they ended up releasing a great slam album that featured excellent drumming and guitar work. I'd also like to thank Sevared Records for seeing potential in these guys.