Band: DEADLY CARNAGE
Title: Through the Void, Above the Suns
Label: Aeternitas Tenebrarum Musicae Fundamentum
Style: Doom Black Metal
Italian Deadly Carnage continue their journey started back in 2005 with this fourth studio album, a 9 tracks effort clocking 45 minutes of playing time, and after briefly going through their previous material I can say this is clearly their most curdled, most carefully composed and executed album to date, no doubt about that. Experimentation is part of the story here as the band started to have more and more influences from Atmospheric, Post and from the so-called Blackgaze styles allowing itself to become more accessible to a wider audience I'd say, not that they were ever a brutal / traditional Black Metal type of band, but still, their music had some pretty rough edges in the past. The production is better, or better said I couldn't find any problems with it, I found it damn perfect for this music even though the band might think something else after a while (the musicians always do as time passes by). The compositions are aired, smooth, presenting walls after walls of heavy drumming (very good performance), expressive guitar lines, subtle but supportive bass, and a vocal part that offers a wide range of tonalities with the clean vocals as definite highlight, very much improved since the last album but still in the same territory blending desperate Black Metal shrieks and screams with Post Rock / Metal melodic soothing voices. From my point of view this is an almost perfect album, with even a hit, the excellent Divide that is also presented with a video, go check it out on YouTube, Deadly Carnage are shaping themselves a pretty solid path, hope they'll have the strenght to continue and even improve.
Reviewed by Adrian