Carnage
Dark Recollections


4.0
excellent

Review

by Irad USER (6 Reviews)
October 8th, 2009 | 176 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist


Carnage can be called one of those one-hit wonders of old school death metal. The band was initially formed as a grindcore band calling themselves Global Carnage at the end of 1988 but later renamed themselves and started playing straight up death metal. The band is considered one of the pioneers of Swedish death metal and was notable for having Matti Karki, David Blomqvist and Fred Estby of Dismember fame, along with Arch Enemy founder, Micheal Ammot. Sadly the band split up after releasing their only album, Dark Recollections in 1990, but it’s probably safe to say that their fans won’t hold it against them for breaking up as it led to the indomitable Dismember coming out of their hiatus.

It is a given that if you enjoyed Dismember’s Like an Ever Flowing Stream then you’re going to love this album, mainly because both albums have a similar sound (for obvious reasons) with this one having a slightly rawer production then the afore mentioned album. Dark Recollections starts off with the title track being thrown in your face and before you even know what’s happening, you’re assaulted by riffs galore. David Blomqvist and Micheal Ammot go all out in trying to rip the listener’s face off and it must be said that they do a fantastic job considering the fact that they were still in their teens (17 to 19) back then. They provide the all too well known “chainsaw” riffs that early Swedish death metal was so famous for, throwing in some melodic leads and solos though not as much you would expect from the two axe-men as they were still young at the time and slightly short on experience. The vocal department is expertly handled by a youthful Matti Karki, providing his gutturals and sounding like the crazy mofo he is but in some cases he even utilizes some deeper growls which definitely helped add to the grim atmosphere of the album. The drum works aren’t fabulous in any way but Estby holds his own and does well to keep up with the constant riffing madness with his fills and blast beats

Considering the fact that they were originally grindcore, the band still maintain some of their former elements, as can be seen in songs like Gentle Exhuming but the real flare of the band can be heard on songs like the title track, Death Evocation (later covered by Dismember) and Infestation of Evil where the listener can hear and appreciate how mature and cohesive their work is, considering the age of the band members, and after listening to this, listeners will probably feel like someone drove a chainsaw through their brains but they’ll keep coming back for more because they will enjoy how insane the album is.

Although Carnage produced a monster of an album, their work was thrown into obscurity due to their short time together and also because of the emergence of heavy weights like Entombed, Dismember and Grave but those who know of the band know of their influence on the scene and consider this album a cult classic. Dark Recollections should serve as a reminder for youngsters starting death metal bands nowadays that this is how you should play proper death metal: dark, evil, heavy as *** and, most importantly, gay free.



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fireaboveicebelow
October 8th 2009


6837 Comments


perfect review and recs

BallsToTheWall
October 8th 2009


44482 Comments


Yes.....yes..........................yes.........................killer review/band/album.

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jingledeath
October 8th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

muchas gracias gentlemen

Relinquished
October 8th 2009


25100 Comments


sweet review bro. remember hearing this awhile ago, so awesome.

FadeToBlack
October 8th 2009


10930 Comments


what Grave album would you recommend to start with?

jingledeath
October 8th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet review bro. remember hearing this awhile ago, so awesome.

Thanks brah

what Grave album would you recommend to start with?

Well this album is better then anything I've heard from Grave but I guess the best place to start with them would be As Rapture Comes.

FadeToBlack
October 8th 2009


10930 Comments


okay, I'll get that, this and the nihilist compilation thing too

jingledeath
October 8th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

alright dude but remember to give higher priority to this and Nihilist.

FadeToBlack
October 8th 2009


10930 Comments


yeah I will, I've been listening to dismember lately and just got entombed's clandestine so I'm in the mood for more lol

Ulsufyring
October 8th 2009


1724 Comments


dam you found the passage i changed for you that asserted how much you love dick

Relinquished
October 8th 2009


25100 Comments


ulsufyring

jingledeath
October 8th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I will, I've been listening to dismember lately and just got entombed's clandestine so I'm in the mood for more lol

me too, I actually found these guys through Dismember.
dam you found the passage i changed for you that asserted how much you love dick

our shenanigans will be continued tomorrow

jingledeath
October 8th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules, nice review

yeah man, thanks

also:
[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_dWOm5fnWlGQ/SI410cMuRkI/AAAAAAAAAGs/_ruc6LP6O2M/s400/6l8zims.jpg[/img] [img]http://i36.tinypic.com/2zzosur.jpg[/img]
looks like somebody at marvel listens to some good shit

fireaboveicebelow
October 8th 2009


6837 Comments


pretty sure Venom came before Carnage

Relinquished
October 8th 2009


25100 Comments


marvel ftw

jingledeath
October 8th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah but carnage was introduced a year after this album was released so their could be a connection or it could just be a weird coincidence.

XulOnerom
October 8th 2009


1818 Comments


pretty sure Venom came before Carnage


That's right. The Carnage symbiote was actually bred by the Venom symbiote.

combustion07
October 8th 2009


5362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules nice to see someone else enjoys it

Wizard
October 8th 2009


19444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It is a given that if you enjoyed Dismember’s Like an Ever Flowing Stream

I still haven't recieved a thank you yet hahahaha.

Amazing review and I need to listen to this album more. I bought this a while back and have only given it a single listen.

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Motiv3
October 8th 2009


8938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well i didnt think the dismember album was too special so i think ill leave this for now..



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