With "The More You Suffer" Swedish CARNAL FORGE already bring us their fourth album. For me it is a first contact, though. And to say it right away, CARNAL FORGE surely won't become one of my favourites, but then again, their sound is not completely off either.
The five corpse molesters play Thrash Metal of the newer school, while some splinters of the old heroes may not be left out either. Especially the second song with its fast parts reminds me of a heavier version of Canadian D.B.C., while the staccato riffs sound a bit like CORONER's "Grin" album. "Ripped And Torn" on the other hand offers us some SLAYER quotes in the lead guitar, but without copying the hell out of the Americans. But also some Death Metal influences, as for example on "Destroy Life", cannot be denied (and the band does not want to either!).
With all brutality and aggression the music is quite varied and well done, only the hoarse shout roar goes on my nuts after a while. But maybe I am just spoilt from the 80s classics of the Thrash genre. All newbies, who like DESTRUCTION's "All Hell Breaks Loose" album, ACCU§ER's "Reflections" CD minus the shitty vocals and generally bands of the kind of ARCH ENEMY or THE HAUNTED, should also lend CARNAL FORGE their attention. And if you also have a tendency to like good melodies, all the better. (Online July 20, 2003)