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CARNAL FORGE
CARNAL FORGE
Aren't You Dead Yet?
(Century Media Records)
35:47min

Fifth release for this Swedish band, a bunch who tries really hard with each record to compete with THE HAUNTED I'd say. While this time they haven't managed to approach them completely (comparisons are made with the best THE HAUNTED records a.k.a. the first two albums of course!), they finally manage to get somewhat close to them with several high speed thrashing assaults where intensity comes in collision with effective riffing, 'Decades Of Despair', 'My Suicide' (a song that features some totally killer / well thought harmonies and probably my fave on this record!), 'Waiting For Sundown', 'The Final Hour'... I firmly believe that it's through fast tunes that CARNAL FORGE manage to show their capacities to write good material (even if some fast stuff also sounds cheesy such as the album closer 'The Strength Of Misery', how can you deliver such a shitty chorus when you play that type of music?!) as it's not really the case with slower songs, most of them sounding boring / drawn out. Another point that I really can't stand are those vocals, another Death Metal vocalist who does nothing but growling / screaming for the sake of it, definitively the low aspect for this new record. I'm kinda certain these guys can come up with a record as good as the first THE HAUNTED if they work a bit more on their material and if they replace that damn boring singer! HE MUST GO!

Laurent Ramadier

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