In a time when others in the melodic death metal genre increasingly lap up influences from more commercial and contemporary genres of music, Kalmah stays true to its roots of death metal, Finnish melodic heritage, cantankerous never-say-die attitude and themes of Northern nature and the folly of mankind. Palo presents its listeners with a set of songs that with their web of melodies and in-your-face aggression exemplify the band's ongoing evolution towards becoming an international death metal powerhouse. Antti Kokko states, "Almost 30 years of swamp madness and here we are today representing our eighth album with fishing tridents sharpened shiny. The album stands strongly on the very roots of the Kalmah sound yet introduces fresh breath from the Swamplord's tar-stained lungs. 'The Evil Kin' as first single gives you riffs written back in 1991 blended with melodies of Kalmah today. It's a perfect statement to show where we were and are right now."