Carnosus are a Swedish death metal band and this is their second album.
Carnosus play a technical form of death metal that’s riven with melodic highlights and fitted with thrash metal prosthetics. Across 35 head-spinning minutes Visions of Infinihility blends the old-school with the new to produce a ripping journey into idiosyncratic tech death.
Throw together aspects of bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Revocation, Carcass, Job for a Cowboy, and Obscura, and you’ll have decent starting point for approaching Visions of Infinihility. Carnosus inject their own character into this mix, resulting in a collection of songs that wear their influences on their sleeves, yet deliver something greater than the sum of their parts.
The songs are well-written and the band’s technical chops well-deployed. It’s clear from the start that Carnosus know how to showcase their skills, but they do this to enrich the songs, rather than to show off for the sake of it. Each track on this release has its own personality. Each one fits well next to its peers, but they all offer their own take on the style.
The album is tight and compact. It has claws and teeth that scar and lacerate, but also nuance and depth to keep you returning for more punishment. Not to mention the fact that it has a surprising amount of hooks to drag you closer to its sharp parts. I should also mention the band’s singer, as his range and diversity of vocals is quite impressive.
Carnosus have produced a corker here. Visions of Infinihility is catchy and memorable, brutal and harsh, emotive and captivating, and just downright infectious to listen to.
Essential listening for fans of the style.