“Ounce of Mercy, Pound of Flesh”
King Carnage is actually a one man band doing Death Metal. We hear of countless one man black metal bands but Death Metal? It’s not so frequent.
The album starts strong and chaotic. There is no doubt to the guitarist’s skills though they might be blended down with some excessive modulation and excessive flanging at times. The second track shows a respectable technique in playing around with timing and is actually pleasant to listen to. Some of the tracks exhibit rather unnecessary intros. Unfortunately, the vibe does tone-down from the album overall as it progresses. It’s not the reduction of skill but the later tracks lack anything. The vocals are well placed, but weak in texture.
I do find the album’s sound intriguing though. It shows dedication and it feels like the artist achieved the sound he wants through meticulous detail minding. There is a certain raw element, but there is no artifact that I can hear which a positive thing is. Same thing with the vocals, which despite their weak performance, there aren’t excessive modifications to the voice making it sound artificial.
The artwork has a good layout and some intricate details to the design, having this unfinished vibe, but enough details to look onto for a while.
Will I listen to it again? I could, the first two tracks and the 6th one that is. I recommend this album for Death Metal enthusiasts, but nobody else really.
1. Blade Efficacy
2. In Death Overshadow Thee
3. Provakate Evizerate Emasikate
4. Lord Sabotage
5. Scions Salvation
6. Ounce Of Mercy, Pound Of Flesh
7. Archetype Of Evil
8. Making Angels In Blood
Favorite Track is #6.
The Left Hand – All instruments/Vocals
Rating: 6.5 out of 10