Looking at the album art of a debut album from Swedish metal project Carchosa you immediately know that you are in for a treat. With the self-titled debut album, Malmö-based multi-instrumentalist Henrik Nygren (read an interview here) serves a melodeath release that is both crushing and catchy. (By the way, it’s worth mentioning that the artwork was designed by graphic designer and illustrator Niklas Sundin, who is also a guitarist of Dark Tranquillity).
Carchosa plays hook-oriented melodic death metal in the vein of In Flames, Dark Tranquility and Soilwork, but influences from likes such as Metallica and Testament are easy to notice. Carchosa also veers into a groove territory now and again. Big guitar-based hooks pop up, and vocals that alternate between screams and growls, are just some of the biggest highlights of this record.
While individual songs fare generally well, the album as a whole shows that Nygren knows exactly what direction he would like to head in. That said, there’s good material throughout Carchosa and Henrik definitely knows his way around some sharp hooks. The production of the album definitely deserves to be praised, with mastering courtesy of Tony Lindgren from the Fascination Street Studios.
Carchosa is an entertaining but more importantly a focused release, making for an overall interesting ride through melo-death’s Swedish district with hints of old-school thrash metal. Get it from Bandcamp.