Carved Cross
Demo III


4.0
excellent

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
August 1st, 2014 | 67 replies


Release Date: 01/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Nocturnal Emissions For The Blackline Elite"

For all "raw black metal" may imply, it is still not an apt descriptor for Carved Cross: "near unlistenable" is far more appropriate. Simply put, many of you won't enjoy this - that's the point. Carved Crosses music is not meant for those tip-toeing around black metal's depths, but those who have already taken the figurative plunge. This may come off pretentious and enormously elitist- I assure you that is not my intent. You see, to appreciate black metal of this caliber requires not only patience, but a desire to explore the truly abrasive. For those who have taken the time to understand, Carved Cross' 2014 release is an excellent example of the genre in its bleakest hour.

Most of black metal's traits already make it thoroughly unenjoyable for the majority: Carved Cross takes what would arguably be the most grating of these characteristics (production, repetition, minimalism) and make them the focus of their third demo. Even seasoned raw black metal listeners will have trouble stomaching the "no-fi" aesthetic this release so heavily adheres to. However, as it usually works with raw music, the production inevitably works in its favor, perpetuating the atmosphere to reach euphoric heights. In the opening track "Only Hope Offers Disappointment", as simple guitar progressions coalesce into wintry ambiance, it's hard not to get lost in their swells of melody and dissonance. The two are one here, helping to fully realize the hypnotic standard the group was undoubtedly aiming to achieve.

Carved Cross have carved themselves -pun intended - a niche in the underground black metal community, partly thanks their aforementioned penchant for raw production values, but also the use of repetition as a foundation for their sound. "Intertwined Emotions of Joy and Grief" is the greatest offender of that device here, but like Burzum, Darkthrone, or numerous other black metal greats, one of Carved Cross' greatest strengths is their ability to utilize the potential in repetitive structuring. The song is harsh and minimalistic, but memorable as well. Traversing through punk and traditional black metal influences, it's the dichotomy between the simplicity of the former, and the epic nature of the latter, that keeps the track entertaining despite its best efforts not to be.

This Australian trio creates black metal at its most inaccessible, and they do it very well. Demo III is easily the group's most refined release to date, yet it sacrifices nothing in the way of quality, or aesthetic. After two years of creating blasphemous racket, Carved Cross have finally begun to gain recognition, not through a softening of their approach, but consistently delivering tortured music without compromise. As internet culture progresses, more and more unwitting metal fans take a path that will eventually plunge them into the darkest music the world has offer; there they will find Carved Cross.



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TheSpirit
July 31st 2014


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Constructive criticism welcome. Hope some of you end up checking this out.

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
July 31st 2014


13453 Comments


any band worth a damn doesn't need to release 3 demos

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
July 31st 2014


13453 Comments


lol this doesn't sound like my thing at all. real good review tho

YakNips
July 31st 2014


13219 Comments


this sounds p great, is there somewhere i can stream?

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
July 31st 2014


13453 Comments


hell

YakNips
July 31st 2014


13219 Comments


m/

TheSpirit
July 31st 2014


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah foxxxy i don't think you would like this, thanks for the kind words tho :3

yak, i don't think this is streaming anywhere, but downloads are easy enough to find. I wouldn't feel guilty about doing that either, this release was only limited to like 66 copies and they are all sold out.

YakNips
July 31st 2014


13219 Comments


alright i'll jam it soon!

DrJohn
July 31st 2014


489 Comments


I checked a couple of tracks on youtube... production :S, but you seem to appreciate it. What can I say, more power to you.

TheSpirit
July 31st 2014


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, it's definitely an acquired taste, but I've really grown to love music like this over the past few years. Cheers for checking it out though!

DrJohn
July 31st 2014


489 Comments


No, it's cool man... it was an ok review.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 31st 2014


16921 Comments


Very good review. Not a huge metal head as you know, but I may listen to a little bit of this just to see if it piques my interest. Pos'd.

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zaruyache
July 31st 2014


7417 Comments


any band worth a damn doesn't need to release 3 demos

Paysage D'Hiver

pwnt

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Relinquished
July 31st 2014


25923 Comments


scale of enormity is so good

TheSpirit
July 31st 2014


18001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it's probably my second favorite track after only hope offers disappointment


And thanks Sowing :]. I can't picture you listening to this at all, but if you do, lettme know what you think.

DrJohn
July 31st 2014


489 Comments


Who's the bloke on your avatar Relinquished?

CaptainDooRight
July 31st 2014


30334 Comments


really solid first paragraph

Relinquished
July 31st 2014


25923 Comments


it's nietzche dr.johnny

DrJohn
July 31st 2014


489 Comments


Nietzsche has a bigger moustache than Ferdinand de Saussure… bummer.

Balerion
August 1st 2014


587 Comments


Really liking this. Good review. Pos



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