The information and write ups that come as a part of an album promo package, usually contain superlative description of the album. Every promo I get, I try to imagine the sound of the band in my head before even listening to it. So reading the words “music that is straightforward and as brutal as possible” on the promo for Finnish death grinders Carnalation’s ‘Ghosts’, I imagined stripped down deathgrind with the intention of smashing skulls. What actually manifests on the album, however, is a bit more intelligent that I originally anticipated. There is truth in the word “brutal” though. Alongside brutality, some non conventional song writing is also present
‘Drown in Silver’ sets thing in motion and it is a no nonsense blend of death metal and grindcore. Amidst all the grinding riffs and groove, a melody creeps and it becomes more apparent as the song progresses. The band shows progressive tendencies in terms of their chord progressions and song arrangements. The resulting sound is a mix of Misery Index brutality and Gojira like progression. This odd combination is most heard on the track ‘Against the Burning Sky’.
The band goes one step further with the experimentation with a section of clean vocals on ‘Prometheus’ and the occasional use of clean strings. While the fact the band is pushing the boundaries is in itself commendable, the execution of it is what sets the band apart. That said, the straight forward parts sound a bit too familiar. Production is fine in bringing out a heavy, bombastic sound. The guitar riffs and songwriting carries the album forward.
Carnalation are on the right path to coming up with a sound of their own, but they still need to add that special touch that would distinguish them from the horde. ‘Ghosts’ is an indicator of how close they are to achieving it.