Dead Carnations is an Indonesian brutal death metal band that has been around for nearly nine years now. They formed back in 2006 and released their full-length debut Memories of Yesterday two years later. They released Start the Killing three years after that. However, I've only been able to find their latest album, Harmony Hell Decade.
The music is pretty sweet. The drummer is Leohardy Hermawan. He plays a lot of rampaging blast beats. What I really love is that the snare doesn't have that annoying pinging sound that so many other Indonesian brutal death metal bands seem to have. It sounds really professional here. He also performs some mid-paced rhythms that feature rapid double bass. Sure, the double bass has a clicking sound, but they still amplify the brutality of the album. The bass is played by Luky Akbar. He mainly follows the guitars, but there are moments where he plays some greats standalone riffs, such as those on “Luka Duka Pesta”.
The best part of this album is guitarist Eka Prasasty. He plays a lot of fiery shredding riffs that are rather elaborate in structure. He sometimes play some diabolical tremolo riffs as well as some deranged noodling. Luckily, the noodling doesn't sound annoying. He also plays some strong chugging riffs. He then tops things off with some amazing solos. Some of them are inspired by traditional death metal, while others have a more thrashing vibe to them, such as the one played on the halfway point of “You Will Lose”. It reminds me of Nevermore.
The only part of this album I didn't like was the vocal performance of Ozzi Jazta. They consist of an angry scream that sounds more suited to grindcore. However, they were still performed well. Overall, this album was an amazing technical display. It's the product of nearly a decade of experience.