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Album Review

The only release by Swedish deathsters Carnage, Dark Recollections has grown into a cult classic of sorts since its release in 1990. Following hot upon the heels of Entombed's landmark debut, Left Hand Path, the album combined new compositions with improved versions of songs from the demos recorded by the band over the previous two years. Except for ever-present guitarist Michael Amott (later of Carcass fame), Carnage's membership was so unstable that the group seemed more like a side project for all involved than a full-time gig. In fact, the band had effectively ceased to exist by the time Dark Recollections saw the light of day. Which makes it even more surprising that such an unstable situation could result in such a cohesive, consistent effort. Only slightly less accomplished than Entombed's first effort, tracks like "Infestation of Evil," "Deranged from Blood," and the title cut display intricate arrangements which add plenty of color and variety to the unbridled fury and ear-crushing heaviness herein. Other less distinctive offerings like "Gentle Exhuming" and "Self Dissection" evoke Carcass both lyrically and musically. Basically, if you're into primitive Entombed and grindcore in general, this is your bag, baby. [Finally reissued on CD by Earache Records in 2000 with eight bonus tracks taken from the band's two 1989 demos, Dark Recollections now delivers the final (and only) word on Carnage.]

Customer Reviews

Re-Collecting my Darkness

This brooding album juxtaposed my mood back in the early 90's and embodied the strength to see me through a divorce. While my teeth were grinding in frustration, guitars were grinding in my ears. I love the crawling hypnotic lead work on this album. I used to have it on tape...time to upgrade and visit the Dark Recollections.

Carnage - Dark Recollections

Brilliant debut (and only) album from members of Dismember, Entombed and Carcass. Brutal, dark and morbidly atmospheric with it's own originality. The twin riff attack of Amott and Blomqvist is perfectly complimented by Matti Karrki's blood curdling vocals. A crushing slab of death metal that can never be challenged.

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