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CARNAGE
CARNAGE
Dark Recollections
(Earache Records)
57:07min

Yeah Baby, yeah! Those were the times!!! This re-issue is so fuckin' essential to everyone reading this that I simply had to quote good ol' Austin Powers here... Anyway, I was just wondering if there's still someone around who's not aware of the name CARNAGE yet? Oh really?!! Well, then you better return to your Tittney Spears single collection, cause these guys definitely shaped the Swedish Death Metal sound along with NIHILIST and DISMEMBER in the late eighties, early nineties! Hell yes, CARNAGE were absolutely incredible! They originally started out as a naive CARCASS clone, but evolved into a crushing Death Metal monster pretty quickly. And even though they only managed to record this one full length album, they still wrote Death Metal history with it. All members involved in the recording of "Dark Recollection" later continued on in ENTOMBED (Johnny Dordevic), DISMEMBER (Matti Karki, David Blomqvist & Fred Estby), CARCASS and ARCH ENEMY (Michael Amott), while old vocalist Johan Liiva (formerly known as Axelsson) returned with FURBOWL and is nowadays fronting ARCH ENEMY. When it comes to the CARNAGE style you could probably name old DISMEMBER as the closest comparison. Not the biggest surprise if you know that both bands partly consisted of similar musicians and "Dark Recollection" even features a mixture of classic DISMEMBER and CARNAGE material (in return, 'Torn Apart' and 'Death Evocation' later got re-recorded by DISMEMBER). The original CD version came out in 1990 as a split CD with the CADAVER debut and is really hard to find these days. But don't worry too much, cause this re-issue comes up with all their demo recordings as bonus tracks and even has an impressive booklet full of vintage pictures, democovers, linernotes etc. Too bad that the great Dan Seagrave artwork suffered quite alot from the poor reproduction... But everything else is just perfect, so go out and get it! Your Death Metal collection is definitely incomplete without this all-time classic!!

Frank Stöver

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