Another day, another high quality band appearing from India. Mumbai thrashers Carnage Inc have exploded onto the scene, following the likes of Exalter and Armament in building a thrash scene that the subcontinent can be proud of. Their energetic crossover thrash is infectious, as displayed in their new EP ‘Fury Incarnate’.
Opener ‘Dawn’ comes out as almost a red herring, with delicate acoustic melodies spiralling into a building crescendo, ready for what will appear. Imagine the start of ‘One’, but without the politics. Next track ‘Defiled’ has some cool riffing, with dashes of Death Angel youthful vigor and some headbang-inducing moments. Carnage Inc have all the hallmarks of Bay Area thrash, despite their heritage, and this makes ‘Fury Incarnate’ a great listen.
The title track is a total beauty; jagged riffs tear at break neck speed and tempo changes abound. Solos scream from flaming fingertips, and there’s even a little bit of Suicidal Tendencies lurking in the furious ‘Day of Delirium’. Carnage Inc are another Indian band taking the blueprints of metal and re-injecting them with energy, vitality and fresh ideas. It’s great to see; almost as if as a country they’d only just discovered metal and are bringing it like 1986 all over again.
Closing with the rampant ‘Ungod’, Carnage Inc have really impressed me. Their riffs, their energy, their songwriting; it is a breath of fresh air in a genre that can get overcrowded with copycats too often. Love it!