There is little we can tell you about Turkish death metal band Carnac, except and most importantly that their recently released debut EP is well worth a concentrated moment of your time. Consisting of four highly accomplished tracks, The Frail Sight is a proposition which may not bowl you over as it treads the line of established genre traits over major originality but it is a release which instils a keen want to come back for more.
Hailing from Ankara, Carnac emerged in 2014 with a sound spawned from the inspirations of bands such as Gojira, Opeth, At the Gates, and Enslaved. As shown by their Bahadэr Sarp engineered, self-produced debut, they have come up with a refreshing incitement unafraid to entangle invasively enticing snake like grooves and uncage a feisty rhythmic agitation within a ravenous death metal landscape. We suggested it was not bereft of familiar flavours and textures yet there is no hiding away that the quartet of tracks also reveals real freshness of craft and character.
The Frail Sight opens with Hericide and a sonic breeze quickly speared by robust rhythms which in turn sparks a heavy footed and invitingly swinging canter. With the hoarse vocals of Burak Yenitepe leading the way, the track proceeds to mix up the weight of its intensity and the charge of its energy without ever relenting in its ravenous impact on ears. Throughout, the guitars of Ozan Turakine and Nurhacı Çeri unleash torrents of riffs and winding tendrils of fiercely spiced grooves to magnetic effect, wrapping round the irresistible virulence fuelling the track and driven by the rapier strikes of drummer Baybora Topaloğlu and the brooding tones of Ünal Akünal’s bass.
It is a superb start to the EP, a swift impact maker as predatory as it is rousing and matched in success by the following Menhirs Of Enmity. Its entrance is a kinder melodic coaxing, though it takes little time for a tempest to descend on ears again with a thrash spiced contagion of hostility and infectiousness. By this point the want and ability of the band to keep predictability at bay is forceful. It was a potent part of the first track and reveals more boisterous intent here as the band take the listener on a roller coaster of a perpetually changeable landscape of energy powered flavours and ear devouring textures.
Debaser is the next to challenge and please, it too a wall of confrontation as it builds pressure on ears. Once more the guitars cast a net of hooks and roaming grooves, all skilfully and keenly spun around brutish rhythms and the rasping vocals squalls of Yenitepe. Its body is an attention grabbing cauldron of eager activity and almost sultry invention within merciless death metal stock, and fiercely appealing even though it does lack the same incendiary spark as its predecessors.
Closing track Servant To The Void is the same, missing an indefinable but noticeable element to really stir ears and emotions yet provides a thoroughly satisfying and adventurous challenge to spend plenty of time with. The guitars just about steal the show though bass and drums provide the kind of rousing badgering you just do not want to resist whilst Yenitepe offers his own pleasing incitement of the senses, though a touch more diversity to his delivery for personal tastes would add another potent dynamic.
Carnac introduces themselves in strong style with The Frail Sight with the potential of bigger moments to come openly brewing within its increasingly enjoyable presence. This is a band to keep a close eye on we think.
The Frail Sight EP is out now via Sliptrick Records with its digital outing @ https://carnac.bandcamp.com/album/the-frail-sight
Pete RingMaster 02/03/2016
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