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CARNAL TOMB "Embalmed In Decay" Digipak CD

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CARNAL TOMB "Embalmed In Decay" Digipak CD (Testimony Records 2023)

CARNAL TOMB from Germany's chaotic and vibrant capital city Berlin have reached that point in their career, which is traditionally associated with 'making or breaking it': the famous third album. Entitled "Embalmed in Decay", this beautifully putrid and rotten manifest of morbidity perfectly channels the spirit of old school death metal.

The Germans have honed their songwriting to razor edged sharpness with slightly shorter tracks compared to their previous releases, fast forward blast beats, and they have also kept some of their characteristic doom-driven doom passages. It all adds up to a contemporary version of classic death metal with enormous firepower that will cement their status as one of the hottest young acts of this most brutal genre.

Guest performances on "Embalmed in Decay" by Serkan Niron from Turkey's death metal sickos ENGULFED on the track 'Draped in Disgust' and some additional intros from former MORBID PANZER as well as PUTRESCINE, and SPEEDWHORE guitarist Leonhard Link put the deliciously toxic icing on CARNAL TOMB's gut and gore cake.

The album title 'Embalmed in Decay' as well as the track 'The Putridarum' are inspired by a chilling funeral practice particularly 'popular' in Southern Italy from late medieval until early modern times: The corpses of the deceased were placed into so called 'putredariums' where they were left to rot until nothing remained except the bones, which were brought to an ossuary as their final resting place. This procedure was symbolising a state of purgatory that the dead had to go through.

Other gruesome sources of inspiration for CARNAL TOMB were shaped in the original mould of death metal lyrics that include the works of H.P. Lovecraft as well as gore and zombie movies such as Amando de Ossorio's 1972 genre classic "Tombs of the Blind Dead", which directly influenced the song 'The Putridarum'. Obviously, these themes have also inspired the morbid cover artwork of "Embalmed in Decay" by artist Skaðvaldur as well.

CARNAL TOMB were formed in Berlin in 2014 out of a hunger for old school death metal that possessed all band members. Besides a remarkable number of demo recordings, EPs, split and single releases, their two full-lengths "Rotten Remains" (2016) and "Abhorrent Veneration" (2019) quickly earned the band an excellent reputation in death metal circles around the globe.

Particularly, "Abhorrent Veneration" opened the stages of Europe to CARNAL TOMB – of which the early 2023 "Decayed Manifestations" tour with TERATOMA led them through Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Switzerland, and Germany. A tour supporting "Embalmed in Decay" is already in the planning stages.

With the putrid death metal horror of "Embalmed in Decay", CARNAL TOMB raise the blind dead from their tombs and unleash these monsters and other brutal evils upon an unsuspecting world.