Alexios – Guitars, vocals
Dave – Guitars
Adres – Bass
Marco – Drums
This…is not what I expected to hear when I opened up an album by Deadly Carnage. But I’m okay with that, because the end result is thoroughly enjoyable, and subverting expectations is always fun.
Rather than the brutal death metal/deathcore you might be expecting, Italy’s Deadly Carnage play a pretty unique form of blackgaze/post-metal. Par for the course in such a form of music, the emphasis here is on being atmospheric and immersive, and this album is beautifully effective in this regard. A key part of this process, and a key part of why Deadly Carnage’s approach here is so successful, is the use of heavier doom and sludge elements.
Plenty of bands have differing approaches to creating entrancing music like this. Where some might take a softer line, Deadly Carnage never lack anything in punch or power, crafting thick, rich atmospheres with real drive and force behind them. It feels somewhat reminiscent of two of 2018’s other offerings in that regard: Sleep’s “The Sciences” and Yob’s “Our Raw Heart”. It runs along more of a post-metal track than the larger-than-life stoner vibe those have, but all three stand out for their ability to be big, bold and mighty, and for knowing just how to use that might to forge captivating musical landscapes.
It’s hard to name specific tracks or moments as highlights, because it all works so well when taken together as a whole package, and that’s really how Though the Void, Above the Suns needs to be experienced. It’s a testament to how well it works, that the hypnotic nature of the music is almost too effective to focus on individual moments. This compositional skill is combined with top quality production, everything on here sounds both clear and dissonant at the same time, perfectly birthing that otherworldly quality the band aims for.
Through the Void, Above the Suns is a truly solid offering, hitting all the marks it’s going for. The end result is something that genuinely envelops the senses, with the expansive heaviness and scope of While Heaven Wept or Saturnus meeting the pacing quality of Neurosis or The Ocean.