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Quick Review: Zombified ‘Carnage Slaughter And Death’

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Zombified - Carnage Slaughter and Death

Death metal has come a long ways since early innovators Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel and Deicide hit the scene. The genre has since branched out into various sub-genres and styles, becoming more technical, or reversely, even more melodic and accessible in recent years. Despite this, plenty of metal fans will tell you there is nothing better than putting on an old death metal record and moshing around like crazy – which is where the musicians in Zombified clearly found the inspiration for their sound on Carnage Slaughter And Death.

While it feels a bit outdated and familiar at times, the group’s sophomore effort is a strong nod to the ’80s and early ’90s era of death metal. “Carnage Slaughter And Death” kicks off the album with plenty of blast beats and intense growling vocals. “Pull the Trigger” is the album’s current single, which features a mix of nice groovy riffs intermixed with your stereotypical death influence combined with a sort of loose punk-rock vibe.

There are plenty of legendary death metal guitarists out there (Chuck Schuldiner, James Murphy and bassist Alex Webster to name a few) which makes the lack of solos on Carnage Slaughter And Death a bit jarring. These instrumental sections help break up the monotony of distorted riffs and blast beats in traditional death metal and more musical listeners might find themselves waiting for a solo and never hearing it.

To Zombified’s credit the lack of solos are corrected by varying song structures found on tracks like “Reborn in Sin” and the crushing “Corrosive Spiral” (one of the best songs on the album). “Slayer Fashion” is a solid tribute to the previously mentioned bands which shaped the death metal sound and even includes an “easter egg” Cannibal Corpse “Hammer Smashed Face” riff just past the three minute mark.

Zombified’s Carnage Slaughter And Death comes recommended to fans of late ’80s and early ’90s death metal albums, and while it may feel a little outdated to fans of today’s melodic and technical death scene, there is more than enough quality material to warrant a listen.

Final Verdict: 8.0 out of 10

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Written by Eric

February 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

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