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CARRION CARNAGE
CARRION CARNAGE
Awaiting Salvation Of Death
(self-financed)
32:46min

A bit of NILE, a bit of CANNIBAL CORPSE and INCANTATION melt together on this not very original, yet well performed, professionally recorded and thus highly entertaining 2nd demo from Swedish brutalizers CARRION CARNAGE. Founded in the city of Linköping in 2001 the band's first recording was a single called "Evil" containing only that particular song, next up was the 1st demo "Mass Murder Rampage" that started murdering the masses in 2003, I've never heard it, but from knowing the band covered SIX FEET UNDER I'm not sure if anything too good can be expected of it, anyway, "Awaiting Salvation Of Death" is actually really good! A sharp, ripping guitar sound, natural low growls, a few screams here and there, fierce drumming and also some striking bass play classify CARRION CARNAGE's sonic assault. The demo CD starts with a nice and heavy instrumental, then two pretty "The Bleeding" - era CANNIBAL CORPSE like straight and powerful Death Metal attacks follow, the fourth song 'Destined To Suffer' features also a second vocalist and some moody slower passages, which showcase that CARRION CARNAGE do not fear to implement some melodies at times. With the other instrumental 'The Eye Of Horus' (featuring a sitar), 'Tortured Souls' and the title-track three NILE-inspired songs follow, whereas the latter is definitely another highlight on this demo album. Tracks 8 to 10 then offer a CANNIBAL CORPSE, a NILE and a MORTICIAN cover, except the latter (it's cool to hear MORTICIAN with real drums!) certainly nothing one necessarily needs, but hey, no one's perfect! Overall CARRION CARNAGE are a talented, ambitious Death Metal act, that seems to be still on the look-out for its own firm musical line, they honour their inspirations with highest quality and excellent songwriting, but a real individual stance is still missing. Also the MP3 track 'Oppressed By Fear' off the upcoming 3rd demo, one can download on the band's website, exposes this problem. CANNIBAL CORPSE crossbred with NILE, if you like both bands, like I do, you will really enjoy it, but the lack of an individual melodic feel annoys me a bit! Try out this band, because they offer more than solid, brutal art and it's fun listening to them, especially tracks 1-4 and 7, but as a little wish for the future: reduce the NILE - melodies, there isn't really a need for a band imitating that, right? www.carrion-carnage.com (visit this website, it's nicely done and offers the entire "Awaiting Salvation Of Death" CD as download!).

Stefan Franke

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