Carnal Decay – You Owe You Pay (Review)

Carnal DecayCarnal Decay are a brutal death metal band from Switzerland and this is their fourth album.

Carnal Decay play brutal death metal that wastes no time establishing barbaric dominance. The music is ugly, heavy and nicely savage.

I really like the singer’s voice, as he has a timeless kind of death metal growl that sounds just great sitting atop the heavy guitars and precision-cut beats.

Blast beats are liberally sprinkled among the carnage that the band reap, while heavier grooves and huge chugs make up the more mid-paced sections. Both are performed very well and as this is the band’s fourth album it’s clear they know a thing or two about the style.

A vague feeling of hardcore permeates some of the tracks here and there, be that in the form of gang vocals or a certain energy to some of the riffs. Either way, it’s only a small part of their sound, and for the most part Carnal Decay focus on pure, ripping death metal.

The songs have a good flow to them and the band ably demonstrate that they understand death metal dynamics. The compositions have a belligerent emotive quality to them that manifests in sharp melodies and quality riffs. This allows them to transcend mere brutality, connecting with the listener in a visceral way so that they provide a bit more than the simple charms of a one-dimensional slam band, for example. Yes, Carnal Decay have plenty of style, but there’s depth and substance here too.

I hear elements of Cryptopsy, Aborted and Dying Fetus in their sound, which should tell you a little something about the quality control levels on You Owe You Pay.

This is a top-notch death metal release. I’ll be blasting Carnal Decay out for some time to come.

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