Carnation // Where Death Lies // Album review

The Belgian band formed in early 2013 with the intention of showing appreciation to Old School Death Metal from the 80s and early 90s and when the five-piece came together, the debut EP Cemetery of the Insane was unleashed in 2015 and the band then put in some serious makes on the touring scene across Europe and then Asia and Japan. The level of live performance was such that Live at Asakusa Deathfest was released in 2017 before he debuts full-length Chapel of Abhorrence saw the light in 2018.

The band has by no means put their feet up since that debut, with more live shows and festival appearances before heading back to start the next chapter in the band’s classic sounding Death Metal story with Where Death Lives ready to bludgeon whatever it comes across in uncompromising fashion.

As the feedback fades and the brutality begins on the album, the feeling of that Death Metal of old floods back in all its glory with its intensity and unapologetic brutality that is matched by the hefty riffs growling vocal, and skull shattering drums.  By the time the opening track ‘Iron Discipline’ comes to a close, the infirm will be a shuddering wreck but those fans of this incredible sound will be eager for more.

The great thing is that there are 8 more of these all out audible assaults that are going to shake you to your core and test just how firm your very being is as you are smashed with slabs of concrete over your head repeatedly until the skull begins to give way and expose your brain. The wonderful sounds of this traditional Death Metal are a wonder to behold and a horror to experience, however what an enjoyable horror it is.

At a time when the world is as crazy and unstable as ever, Carnation have created something that takes your mind off the unknown as they bring the sounds of a more stable time, however, don’t just recreate the crushing wonders of that Old School Death Metal, they have created a modern classic that stands up to and surpasses the sounds of most modern Death Metal and not only shows appreciation to that era, but also sets the standard for the future of the genre.

Ed Ford


Where Death Lies will be released Friday 18th September 2020 via Season of Mist.


1. Iron Discipline (3:52)
2. Sepulcher of Alteration (4:22)
3. Where Death Lies (3:26)
4. Spirit Excision (3:46)
5. Napalm Ascension (4:09)
6. Serpent’s Breath (4:47)
7. Malformed Regrowth (3:09)
8. Reincarnation (5:24)
9. In Chasms Abysmal (7:39)
Total playing time: 40:34

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