I guess there should always be some sort of disclaimer when accepting a review. For instance, when a band says they play âBlack Doomâ like in the case of Deadly Carnage
and their newest stuff âSentiero II: Ceneri
â and in the end thereâs nothing really âBlack Doomâ about itâ¦
But hey the band sent the CD, so I canât just sit on my ass and pretend nothing ever went in the mailbox. Though I wish I could. Basically Deadly Carnage
from Italy play something in between Depressive Black Metal and Ambient Black Metal and thatâs the problem: I know shit about this. So yeah it sounds a bit like Burzum
or other acts like Isolation
but I canât really pin it down nicely for you. Sorry folks.
I had to play this like 15 times to really start appreciating the record and still I find it not really to my tastes. But then again, I was expecting âBlack Doomâ or something more like âDark Metalâ a la Bethlehem
Besides not being really the right guy to do it, I think it will appeal to people who like their Black Metal with a good dose of Ambient-like atmospheres with repetitive riffing a la Darkthrone
though it sounds more Swedish than Norwegian even with a few hints at Death Metal be it in the atypically non Black Metal vocals or in the sound of the guitars. I wouldn't want to dwell much more on this because I'd be bullshitting you guys but somehow after successive replays the music gets to settle in and if youâre into such musical âlandscapesâ youâre in for a good ride, just donât expect to be overthrown.
I guess the main thing that may be a bit âDoomâ about Deadly Carnage
is the very last song on this album called âCeneriâ. Sung in Italian with clear voices, it will remind the listeners of other Italian acts (the Doom Metal scene is huge there and always has been) like, for instance, Arpia or Death SS
. It's got this "occult" feel that Italians love to develop ever since Jacula came out. So if only for this one track, it's worth checking out this record.
Other than that, my flattest apologies to you reader and to the band. Next time donât label yourself âBlack Doomâ if youâre not playing anything remotely close to it. Thanksâ¦