Released: 2014, Lake of Fire Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Swedish metallers Karnivore may have been going for twelve years now, but are only just getting round to their second record, but what's even more interesting is that this sophomore album is Lake of Fire Production's just second release to be pressed onto compact disk. So with the unusual mix of a band that seem to have taken a while to have matured, and a record label that's growing up quickly, anything could happen! But let's allow the eight tracks of metal to do the talking, and me the typing...
The heavy load of metal is thrown upon you quickly with the first track, "Underground" and it's heavily distorted thrashy death metal riffs and more typically black metal vocals. Unfortunately, the excitement and energy is just missing, and it becomes apparent all too soon that we are on to something just plain mediocre here.
All though it has been 11 years since the band's first demo, it feels like they're still in teething stages, with the riffs lacking any edge or vibrancy. "An Era of Decay" offers nothing new, but just a change of tempo and a mediocre display of uninspired lead guitar work. “Psycho” sounds just as unoriginal as its title would suggest, with the kind of riffs a sixth-form thrash metal band would reject. Each and every song is simply an idea that should have been discarded and replaced with something with more bite, more conviction, and more strength, as by the time affairs finally draw to a close with “Mr Gein” I feel like I’ve just completed a horrible boredom inducing task, not enjoyed eight songs of extreme metal.
What these songs sound like are templates, which need to be added to with some creative song writing and more musical flares, but without these adjustments, the current sound of Karnivores is just very bland indeed.
Review by Jarod Lawley