|Brutal Death Metal, Grindcore
Season of Mist Records
February 14th, 2014
Release length: 37:47
“X2Y” starts things off on a slightly deceptive note. This straight forward Grindcore track isn’t even ninety seconds long and carries some violent drumming that fills the gaps in the precisely timed riffs of the main verses, though the lyrics towards the end don’t back up the Hardcore aggression as much as you would hope. “Jekyll” isn’t as cut and dry, having the main verses with some standard Death influenced riffs, but it all grows from there to create a solid largely Grindcore experience later on thanks to steady blistering bass kicks and commanding guitar work towards the end.
“Slaughter/Suicide” immediately grabs you with it’s high speed brutality. The riffs find some additional technicality that allows them to be a bit deeper through the tighter performance. The steady blasting of the drums and varied bouts of two-step enhance the aggressive performance, though around two minutes and forty seconds the speed slows down, giving way to a hint of background ambience that ushers in some more of that Hardcore influence, such as the brief breakdown a little before the four minute mark. This is a stark contrast to the groove-laced authority found on “Defiled Purity.”
“Noise” isn’t the most impressive of Death Metal/Grindcore combos, but it’s effective enough to get the point of what to expect across. “X2Y” also kind of bleeds into it, allowing the song to feed off the hostile start during some of the grinding passages enhanced with some decent pig squeals, as well as a mixture of growls and higher pitched rasps. “Spit” is an interesting performance full of dismal riffs that at times could easily be used on an early Immortal album until you hit two and a half minutes where things take a momentary turn into Experimental territory thanks to the softer music and little amount of clean singing.
Carnivore Sublime may not be the most ground breaking album of the style, but it definitely is a much stronger entity than Benighted‘s previous outing was. There’s even a hint of musical exploration here thanks to some of the moments of experimentation in things like clean harmonizations that border singing for a brief section, or even a fleeting Progressive touch. Hopefully this choice is one the band will continue to invest time in for their next release, though without overdoing it. There’s a little more potential on display on Carnivore Sublime than meets the eye, and it will be a nice bonus for long term fans of the band.
01. X2Y – 1:29
02. Noise – 3:09
03. Experience Your Flesh – 3:06
04. Slaughter/Suicide – 4:38
05. Spit – 3:26
06. Defiled Purity – 4:51
07. Jekyll – 2:07
08. Collection of Dead Portraits – 3:15
09. Carnivore Sublime – 4:25
10. Les Morsures du Cerbere – 3:54
11. June and the Laconic Solstice – 3:28
|Initial Pressing Score: 8/10