Sound — 9
This album is put together so well that I can not stress it enough. There is quite a bit of vocal variation, which is very nice this time around. As always, the Kokko brothers come up with astonishing riffs that are very catchy and complex. The leads of Antti are much better then those of The Black Waltz. Sounds almost impossible right? Janne does a great job on drums and to me, he seems to stand out a lot. I think I am in love with Marco. The song Dead Man's Shadow is pure beauty. All of his solos just blow me away and I like how Marco does not only stand out in his solos. You can hear him throughout each song. Timo does a little less of a job on this album if you ask me. Yes, he is audible, but he does not have anything that seems to standout like the previous albums. This disappointed me because I am a bass player and as most bass players, we love Timo. I am sure that if you were not only focusing on the bass at some points in the album, that you would be fine with his playing. Maybe I is only me? All in all, Kalmah is sure to blow heads off with this album.
Lyrics — 8
Some fans do not care for Kalmah's lyrics at all. I am very fond of them. Sometimes lines like "A murder on a TV-screen/The adults playing their game/PlayStation controls/children's lives/As they grow up they'll do the same" may seem very lame and weal, but with very little thought, you can see the symbolic image that Kalmah delivers. The lyrics are not a concern on this album. They may even be some of Kalmah's best. I am very pleased with the mix up in vocals. Going from the death growl to a higher pitched scream is great! It is constant throughout the album and was wanted by many fans.
Overall Impression — 9
So as a Kalmah fan, you have probably heard The Black Waltz. This is no doubt a legendary album. So what does that leave you with? Fear. You might be scarred that Kalmah may not be able to punch out another album like this. Have no fear! To me, For The Revolution is better then The Black Waltz. I do not have anything to pick on about this album. All I can honestly say is how surprised I am that Kalmah can release material that will please all, and keep it that way, unlike their "rivals" Children of Bodom. Kalmah is now dominating my playlists because I think that every track they have is enjoyable. For The Revolution is another great addition.