Tuesday 24 July 2018

Review: Carchosa - Carchosa

Carchosa is a melodic death metal project by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Henrik Nygren haling from Malmö, Sweden, and back in June he put out the self-titled debut album, which was mastered by Tony Lindgren at the Fascination street studios in Örebro. 

The album contains strong blasting riffs, which are otherwise inherently catchy and actually suit the vocals incredibly well. They are bludgeoning when paired with vicious screams and brutal gutturals of Nygren. He simply has such an intense level of passion and energy, like he pours his heart and soul into the music. The best example of this can be heard throughout the album, but as highlights I would mentioned opening “Unfathomable,” “The Wretched King” and “Damnation.”

The masterful use of the heavy verse/melodic chorus style of songwriting makes this album incredibly varied. Carchosa is all about balance of heaviness and melody. The instrumentation on the album is brought to perfection, and although Nygren’s technical skills are easy to notice, he works in favor of displaying a balance between masterful craftsmanship and performance. 

Carchosa is one of those albums that is just as good the first time you listen to it as it is the fiftieth. It's one of those rare cases where it never gets old, yet it doesn't take any time to grow on you. Whether you're a seasoned metal listener or someone who is just discovering heavy music, this album will appeal to you in some way or another. It's incredibly technical and precise in its execution, yet it allows enough melody in to keep it from sounding like a typical instrumental wank fest.

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