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Carnage can be called one of those one-hit wonders of old school death metal. The band was initially formed as a grindcore band calling themselves Global Carnage at the end of 1988 but later renamed themselves and started playing straight up death metal. The band is considered one of the pioneers of Swedish death metal and was notable for having Matti Karki, David Blomqvist and Fred Estby of Dismember fame, along with Arch Enemy founder, Micheal Ammot. Sadly the band split up after releasing their only album, Dark Recollections in 1990. It is a given that if you enjoyed Dismember’s Like an Ever Flowing Stream then you’re going to love this album, mainly because both albums have a similar sound (for obvious reasons) with this one having a slightly rawer production then the afore mentioned album. Dark Recollections starts off with the title track being thrown in your face and before you even know what’s happening, you’re assaulted by riffs galore. David Blomqvist and Micheal Ammot go all out in trying to rip the listener’s face off and it must be said that they do a fantastic job considering the fact that they were still in their teens (17 to 19) back then. They provide the all too well known “chainsaw” riffs that early Swedish death metal was so famous for, throwing in some melodic leads and solos though not as much you would expect from the two axe-men as they were still young at the time and slightly short on experience. The vocal department is expertly handled by a youthful Matti Karki, providing his gutturals and sounding like the crazy mofo he is but in some cases he even utilizes some deeper growls which definitely helped add to the grim atmosphere of the album. The drum work of Estby does well to keep up with the constant riffing madness with his fills and blast beats. After listening to this, listeners will probably feel like someone drove a chainsaw through their brains but they’ll keep coming back for more because they will enjoy how insane the album is. Dark Recollections should serve as a reminder for youngsters starting death metal bands nowadays that this is how you should play proper death metal: dark, evil and heavy as Hell.