Deadly Carnage – Through The Void, Above The Suns

Band: Deadly Carnage
Title: Through The Void, Above The Suns
Label: A Sad Sadness Song
Release Date: 30 March 2018
Country: Italy
Format reviewed: CD-quality Digital Promo

Deadly Carnage is a name which instantly makes me think of brutal death metal band. But surprise, surprise! The Italian band sent me straight into another direction. No, not a direction, a grandeur dimension in fact.

Started as a black metal band in 2005, the four musicians decided to continue towards post-black, doom and post-rock since 2007. Much exploring new territories and pushing their boundaries since then, the band now releases their fourth full-length album – “Through The Void, Above The Suns” and I can say that Alexios (Guitars, Vocals), Dave (Guitars),

Adres (Bass) and Marco (Drums) deliver their best album to date. It’s funny how the destiny plays with me most recently, taking me every week to a new Cosmic journey. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just check my latest reviews… This time the destination is the Void in order to meet the chaotic energy, the Matter, the real fabric of the Universe. Cosmos is living, Cosmos is breathing. Based on this the band constructs their epic new album. The Universal pillars of the existence of Birth and Creation, Procreation and End, Entropy lay deep into the philosophical existentialism of this super intelligent record. And as a result, we reach out to the total destruction, bringing us the beauty of the absolute emptiness. The album consists of 9 tracks with a total running time of glorious 45 minutes! Stylistically the Italians magically mix post-black, doom, post-metal, cosmic solitude and eternal pain, with torturous and clean vocals by Alexios and very much distorted guitar presence – like in a dream.

“Matter” and “Hyle” are kinda strained, doomy, torturous, dark. Full of tension and painful feelings. “Cosmi” is great instrumental – dissociative, distorted again. “Lumis” continues the strained sensual dream in drowning already in darker post-black blasts matters. “

Ifene ”begins as airy yet dark and continues as frantic outburst, twisting into a painful sad hallucinative dream with clear vocals. It is followed by the atmospheric and ambient instrumental “Fractals”. “Divide” is calmer, airy again, carrying a feeling of an existential loss and eternity. The record ends with “Entropia” – a heavy painful end with the usual distorted post atmospheric feeling.

All the time while listening the album I had a couple of intrusive thoughts. First of all, for some reason, I thought that this could be a potential direction which Anathema could have taken after their 95-98 period, instead of drowning into the proggy alternative style. Second thought was that if I have to make a comparison to describe the album or give it a direction, it could be Neurosis meets Anathema meets Alcest. On and on “Through The Void, Above The Suns” is an amazing album, which I strongly recommend. It is a great experience full of feelings.

“We are the eyes
that Universe uses
to watch itself”

8/10 Count Vlad

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