Carnality
Dystopia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Darion Paone USER (81 Reviews)
October 21st, 2014 | 7 replies


Release Date: 10/15/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best fish I've had in a while.

Italy has borne some of the most intense death metal acts that still make music today, the more notable bands being Hour of Penance and Fleshgod Apocalypse. In a similar vein, Carnality graces us with immense vocal presence, powerful mixing, and some of the most impressive guitarwork I've heard from the genre. Their 2014 sophomore effort, "Dystopia", provides a solid and unfettered listening experience that rivals some of the most popular names in death metal - and their album art has a fish on it, so that's cool, too.

One of the telltale signs of a brilliant metal vocalist is the ability to crush heads with your voice alone, and what the vocals of "Dystopia" lack in variety, they more than make up for with enormity alone. The sheer aural weight of Luca Scarlatti's voice is enough to propel Carnality's wall of sound forward, even without the further impact of the instrumentation. His low growls evoke the same sense of brutality that can be heard on Hour of Penance's "Sedition" or Suicidal Causticity's "The Spiritual Decline", and though they rarely evolve beyond the mid-pitched shouts and low bellows reminiscent of those on Lost Soul's "Immerse in Infinity", their power alone allows them to deliver a very satisfying vocal experience.

Thankfully, the guitarwork and basswork that Carnality bring to bear is more than up to the challenge of keeping up with Scarlatti's vocals. Be they the cutting passages on "God Over Human Ruins" or the melancholic melodies on "The Gift of Anomie", the voracity of the chords on "Dystopia" never fails to impress - which is undoubtedly why the lack of vocal variety is excusable when the rest of the mixing is taken into account. The basswork provides a more than solid backing for the rest of Carnality's sound, allowing immense riffs like those featured on "Lord of Drones" to become stand-out moments on this album's track listing.

When combined with the without-a-doubt brutal drumming brought to us by Manuel Arlotti, the sonic landscape Carnality have crafted becomes ever more vivacious and powerful. The relentless pounding on both snare and bass fills the fills (eh?) with an incredible amount of variety, while somehow still managing to pummel your head into the ground at furious speeds. I once again must reference "Lord of Drones" as a prime example of just how insane the drumming on "Dystopia" can get when combined with the guitarwork of Marco Righetti, is Carnality at the top of their game thus far. Some of the best moments of this release can subsequently be found in the three "Silent Enim Leges Inter Arma" tracks, which lead into each other in a very satisfactory manner before culminating with a haunting but respectable melody that belies more musical depth than the rank and file of the Italians' genre.

When it comes right down to it, "Dystopia" is a powerful release that shows a clear understanding of quality song structure and instrumental variety, neither of which are genre staples when it comes to brutal death metal. Offering both technical and melodic influences throughout its forty-minute running time, Carnality's sophomore album shows that the Italian four-piece isn't afraid to assimilate other genres into their fold in order to craft some of the best death metal I've heard all year; they've delivered a very satisfying and very listenable release with "Dystopia", and it only promises even better efforts as their career continues. I simply cannot wait for their next record.



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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2014


10153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Good review, pos'd. Very well written. I want to check this out just because of the album cover.



Tips:



Instead of doing "" around album titles put them in italics, if you don't know how = band name



While some of the humor attempts made me laugh a little, they are also better left out of the review. Mainly the summary needs to be redone (although amusing), and these two lines, "and their album art has a fish on it, so that's cool, too", "bass fills the fills (eh?)"



Also the line about how the basswork makes the guitar riffs effective was kind of weird. Are you saying that the riffs are only good because of that bass? Bass fills out the low end but that doesn't exactly make a guitar riff in my book.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2014


10153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Hiding in the underground

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2014


10153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah just listened, pretty sweet album. Gets boring in the middle but the last three tracks really liven things up.

Vader
October 21st 2014


81 Comments


Good writing here. This sounds like something I'd be into

Pr0nogo
October 22nd 2014


379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I put the album titles in italics and wrapped them in quotes, it's just my personal preference for writing since I've done it for so long.



My humour was lacking this review, normally it's worse and thus better by some strange metric.



My line referencing the basswork was meant to explain the effectiveness of the bass in propelling the guitarwork above and beyond what I had expected out of the mixing, since the low end was actually filled out properly, but I suppose I didn't do that thought justice in the review itself. Sometimes I forget what I'm talking about.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2014


10153 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Alright cool. Pretty good record and nice review overall

Pr0nogo
October 22nd 2014


379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, way better than the rest of the shit I get sent to me, unfortunately.



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