Carnalation – Ghosts


Five tracks of frantic, catchy euro-death…

Review by Dan Perks

Inverse Records

Release date: 12 June 2015

There is something strangely satisfying in simplicity. Sometimes my brain doesn’t fire on enough cylinders to keep up with super-fast technical drumming or blistering sweeping guitar solos. On those occasions, what you need is a heavy, brutal and straight up barrage of death-metal. Finnish metallers Carnalation offer up just that kind simple heaviness. With a very european-death metal feel, similar to At The Gates and at times Dark Tranquillity, their new EP Ghosts is five tracks of frantic, catchy euro-death.

The EP opener ‘Drown in Silver’ starts with an explosive high scream and an eruption of guitars and drums. The track is a constant wall of sound, the drums and guitars are permanently in high gear and although there are very little frills and nothing fancy the bands overall sound is huge. Throughout the EP there is very little deviation from the script. Aside from a few bars of clean guitars, every track has one priority, heaviness. Even when the guitars hit their more melodic moments, the drums and bass stay fast and low giving every track a really aggressive low end.

I really like this EP. I like the fact that it’s a hammer, not some stupid multi-tool. Its sole purpose is to do one thing, and do it well. And like a hammer, Ghosts’ sole purpose is to smash, break, hammer and pummel what every gets in front of it.

Carnalation - Ghosts20157 out of 10

Track listing:

  1. Drown In Silver
  2. Against The Burning Sky
  3. Prometheus
  4. Passengers
  5. Death and Rust