Carnal Forge – Gun to Mouth Salvation

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label URL: Vicisolum Productions
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://vicisolumrecords.com/album/gun-to-mouth-salvation
Band Website: http://www.carnalforge.se/

Band line-up:

Tommie Wahlberg – Vocals
Petri Kuusisto – Lead guitar
Jari Kuusisto – Rhythm guitar
Lars Lindén – Bass
Lawrence Dinamarca – Drums

Tracklisting:

1.) Parasites
2.) Reforged
3.) Aftermath
4.) Endless War
5.) Bound in Flames
6.) King Chaos
7.) The Order
8.) Hellride
9.) State of Pain
10.) Sin Feast Paradise
11.) The Stench

Review:

Carnal Forge is another one I’ve heard plenty about, but never listened to much of previously. They’re most often described as death-thrash, and certainly some of that can be heard in their early works, but Gun to Mouth Salvation definitely continues a movement away from that.

Their music is still packed to the brim with aggression and force, but it’s sitting in more melodeath-influenced groove metal territory with the likes of The Haunted, Chimaira or DevilDriver. This one is actually their first album in 11 years, a comeback after the departure of Jari Kuusisto, who is now back ripping away on guitar with wicked glee.

Alas, the end result just isn’t that interesting, unless you’re a dedicated fan of this particular style of extreme metal-tinted groove. There’s really nothing outright bad here, all the individual components do their job perfectly well, but when put together, they don’t produce anything especially exciting. It pounds and rips along with very few moments or tracks standing out. One exception to this is new vocalist Tommie Wahlberg, whose vocals are a definite highlight. He manages to strike a great balance of ferocity and clarity, never letting up on his murderous delivery but never descending into incomprehensibility either.

If you’re an existing fan of the band, especially their more recent works like Testify For My Victims, this should be satisfying enough while it lasts. But there are other bands creating more engaging material of this style.

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Review by:

Kieron Hayes

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