Lik

CAR­NAGE METAL BLADE

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums -

SCANDO-DEATH’S BUZ­Z­SAW-WIELD­ING NEW BREED HIT THE JACK­POT

As con­firmed with con­sid­er­able venom on their 2015 de­but, Mass Fu­neral Evo­ca­tion, Lik are zeal­ous ad­vo­cates of the leg­endary Swedish death metal sound, HM-2 ped­als and all. What they’ve also mas­tered on their sec­ond al­bum is the ra­zor-sharp, ruth­lessly di­rect song­writ­ing that in­formed At The Gates’ sem­i­nal Slaugh­ter Of The Soul. Con­se­quently, Car­nage is more po­tent, mem­o­rable and rev­e­la­tory than any num­ber of wor­thy but un­re­mark­able records made by the om­nipresent le­gions of Nihilist clones. The per­fect mar­riage of buz­z­saw blus­ter and un­stop­pable hooks, every­thing from mad-eyed and stabby opener To Kill to dark, bil­ious de­noue­ment Em­brace The End feels both metic­u­lously crafted and driven by sel­dom-heard lev­els of in­ten­sity. At times, this is al­most com­i­cally ex­cit­ing: lis­ten to Only Death Is Left Alive at max­i­mum vol­ume and you may shit your­self with pure death metal joy.

FOR FANS OF: AT THE GATES, DIS­MEM­BER, BLACK BREATH

DOM LAW­SON

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