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Carnal Forge - Who's Gonna Burn (3/10) - Sweden - 1998

Genre: Death Metal
Label: War Music
Playing time: 29:09
Band homepage: Carnal Forge

Tracklist:

  1. Who's Gonna Burn
  2. Sweet Bride
  3. Twisted
  4. Godzilla Is Coming Thru
  5. The Other Side
  6. Part Animal...Part Machine
  7. Born To Hate
  8. Evilizer
  9. Maggotman
  10. Confuzzed
Carnal Forge - Who's Gonna Burn
This is the debut-album by the Swedish five piece CARNAL FORGE (that monicker reminds me of something...), released in 1998. CARNAL FORGE play typical Death Metal with atypical vocals. In fact, the vocals by Jonas Kjellgren (former of CENTINEX) consist of a sort of Hardcore/Punk-styled screams, angry enough to fit the music, but also slightly weird since the occasional listener is often accustomed to the usual growling vocals.

Personally, I never got into Hardcore, and I think the vocals here are a tad out of place for the musical context. I mean, maybe this aspect can be good in order to mark a more recognizable sound for the band, but, as a general rule, mixing things up isn't always a right move, unless you're LIVING COLOUR or FAITH NO MORE (and they are not). To cut it short, in my opinion the singin' doesn't work.

Vocal opinions aside, I found very little of interest on "Who's Gonna Burn", and the reason is clear and simple. It's always the same old story, there are records like this aplenty marketed out there, and they all seem to sound alike. Surely, the tracks are nothing awfully bad, but how many times will you listen to this before getting tremendously bored? Very few, trust me.

Well, okay, it's a debut, ya know, so essentially the band can grow and improve its musical skills, but I can't assess an album on the basis of its band potential, 'cos it would be insane. After all, what we get for now is a poor record, nothing more.

Bottom line: an insignificant album all the way. Save your money for better stuff.

Luca Moscatiello



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