CARNAL FORGE the third and for the third time extreme, slightly deathy Thrash Metal. The debut, as Luca had pointed out, has not been too good, even I liked the second one, so what has record number 3 to offer?
Well, again an absolute hate-bolt, which is really hefty. Compared to "Firedemon" just the catchiness has gone on holiday or something, I personally miss the melodies (which with all aggression still are necessary), too much emphasis lies on the pure thrashing. If I listen to the opener "Butchered, Slaughtered, Strangled, Hanged" (nice title, btw), the whole thing sounds far too hectic, which generally is a "problem" of this album, because the record loses a lot of its power through that.
The more melodic (and still super-heavy) "Hand Of Doom" shows that they still are able to do it and the killer-riffs and -leads of the Kuusisto-brothers (see "Everything Dies") are pluses as well.
But at least for me it is really difficult to listen to this album in one piece, too many pure high-speed-attacks attack the listener, which gets too monotonous after a short while, also because they underestimate the melody-factor, contrary to the genre-greats like THE HAUNTED. All the precision of execution of the mostly 3-minute or shorter tracks doesn't help there anymore.
For Thrash-maniacs most probably a good investment, if you can deal with a lot of high-speed-thrashing, all others should better step lightly...