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Decapitation: Undead Carnage
Death Metal
Dark Descent Records, Skeleton Plague Records
June 21st, 2010
Release length: 16:27
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Undead Carnage is the second demo recording to be issued by the old Swedish Decapitation, and it’s just chock full of early Death Metal delight, right down to even being released as a professionally pressed cassette to enhance that analog quality from back in the day. Aside the overall atmosphere from it being on a tape and not on a CD, the music hear will remind listeners of the earlier Death Metal scene with bands such as Possessed, which is fantastic and proves to be a great homage to these legends. The only drawback for this release is that it’s only four songs long, and barely breaks twenty minutes.

Decapitation‘s second demo, Undead Carnage, is a quick romp through early Death Metal ideals, but still takes time to incorporate a unique sound by incorporating some slower paced heavy Doom Metal inspired guitars that just make this release sound punishing. Sure, this isn’t done on every track on here, as the latter song, “The Beyond”, is actually quite the opposite from the rest, at least for the most part, due to it’s composition of faster paced guitars and drumming compared to the rest of the faster material here, along side vocals that range from screaming up to high falsettos, as well as a low, rhaspier semi-gutteral performance that pay homage nicely to earlier acts like Autopsy and the aforementioned Possessed. There is a slower paced moment on this track that bridges into another faster paced section, as well as dropping back into another slower section to close out the track. All of these tempo changes work well together to build up the intensity of the song and keep the listener interested until the very end of the song without it feeling drawn out abusing one method or the other.

The song “Holocaust” is basically set up the same way, except it does not have the second Doom Metal section to close out the song. Instead, the song plays normally at it’s faster Death Metal pace, then near the end of the song where it feels like an appropriate closing to the song, it cuts into a slower chunk for the music, then back into a three second sped up verse with one line shouted to ring out the song, leaving the entire end of the song just feeling tacked on to push their agenda of being a Death Metal band that can also incorporate heavy Doom aspects. At least in “The Beyond” it kept things interesting and felt like part of the song until the end. “Cellar of Incest” also shows the band performing this method properly, as they start off with a Doom sound, then into Death Metal, then slowly building up the intensity when it drops back into the Doom Metal structure, making all of it sound very fluid from start to finish. Of course, “Undead Carnage” violates all of this by being a straight up Death Metal track, which is great and adds a bit of variety to the recording and keeps the style combination factor to a minimum so that it all doesn’t get repetitive after a while.

Decapitation show some great potential on Undead Carnage, and is worth picking up if you happen upon it. The only thing with this release that is a little troubling is that the way the band incorporates the Doom Metal guitars through the release wind up feeling a bit tacked on for “Holocaust”, so hopefully for the band’s next recording, they will find more ways to slow the pace down and make it flow naturally without it just feeling like it was thrown in at the last minute in the middle or at the end of the song for no real reason. If the band can perfect this style of song writing, then there will be no denying that Decapitation will be a strong force in the Death Metal scene.

01. Undead Carnage – 2:26
02. Holocaust – 3:04
03. Cellar of Incest – 5:51
04. The Beyond – 5:06
Overall Score: 7.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Dark Descent Records via Clawhammer PR.