Carnal Forge – Gun to Mouth Salvation
Metal Archives list Carnal Forge as a death/thrash metal-band and honestly I remembered them to be a bit more rough around the edges than how they appear on their new album ,”Gun to Mouth Salvation”, their seventh album, over twenty years into their career.
I don´t get the “death”-part in the description at all, although they sound quite a lot like for instance At the Gates (which neither is that much of a death metal-band in my opinion) but also a lot like The Haunted, modern thrash metal with screamed vocals, in other words!
At their best, Carnal Forge delivers pretty aggressive, fast, two stroke thrash metal like in the three songs “Aftermath” “Endless War” and “King Chaos” which are, by far, the records finest moments, and by finest I mean that they are really god!
Although these three songs manage to keep the balance between aggression and being catchy all through the whole song, the rest of the good stuff is unfortunately often interrupted by far more melodic, far less aggressive stuff, mainly in the refrains but sometimes a whole song, like “Bound in Flames” (pun intended?), most of all reminds me of a mid- to late-era In Flames and that is certainly nothing I like to hear when I’m expecting a knuckle sandwich in the form of some fast and furious thrash metal…
All in all it’s a pretty decent album, which, no doubt about it, contains some really high points. The musicianship is, as always when it comes to experienced bands of Swedish origin, great, and I must highlight Lawrence Dinamarcas exceptional drumming! It’s a pity that they put a bit to much emphasis on the melodic stuff but if you’re into At the Gates and other “Gothenburg sound”-metal and doesn’t mind some excursion into the a bit more modern, lets say, pop oriented type of that genre, I think “Gun to Mouth Salvation” could be a real treat. Unfortunately for me, not being a large fan of either At the Gates, nor In Flames, it doesn’t reach all the way, although still making it clearly above average.
Artist: Carnal Forge
Title: Gun to Mouth Salvation
Label: ViciSolum Productions
Date of release: 25/1-19
Playing time: 46:06
Stand out track: Endless War