STYLE: ORIGIN: SwedenFORMED: 1988LABEL: Earache Records
  • Matti Kärki-Vocals
  • Michael Amott-Guitars
  • David Blomqvist-Guitars
  • Johnny Đorđević-Bass
  • Fred Estby-Drums

Carnage was a Swedish death metal band whose members later went on to found Dismember and Arch EnemyThe band was formed by Michael Amott and Johan Liiva in 1988. They released only one album before dissolving in 1991.

Carnage was founded at the end of 1988 by Michael Amott and Johan Liiva in Växjö, Sweden. They released two-widely traded demos, The Day Man Lost and Infestation of Evil in 1989. Plagued by lineup changes, Carnage eventually released their only album, Dark Recollections in 1990 when Michael Amott was the sole remaining founding member. The album was released as a split CD with Cadaver’s Hallucinating Anxiety on Necrosis Records, a subdivision of Earache Records, and was re-released with bonus tracks in 2000.

Carnage started off as grindcore before evolving into death metal. They were also one of the bands that helped pioneer the Swedish death metal sound. Carnage was the third band (after Tiamat and Entombed) to record a full-length album at the famous Sunlight studios in Stockholm.

Carnage are closely related to Dismember. After Dismember temporarily split-up, the 2 bands fused together and Dismember songs ended up appearing in “Dark Recollections“. In 1990, Mike Amott joined Carcass and so the other musicians (minus Johnny) reformed Dismember.

Despite the fact that he appears in the album credits, Johnny Đorđević didn’t play bass (that was actually recorded by Michael Amott) on Dark Recollections, just as he didn’t do the vocals on Entombed’s Clandestine and Stranger Aeons.

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Dark Recollections / 1990

Carnage-Dark Recollections
  • Album Info
  • 1990
  • Necrosis Records

1. Dark Recollections
2. Torn Apart
3. Blasphemies of the Flesh
4. Infestation of Evil
5. Gentle Exhuming
6. Deranged from Blood
7. Malignant Epitaph
8. Self Dissection
9. Death Evocation
10. Outro

Dark Recollections is the only album by the cult death metal band, Carnage, released in 1990. It was originally released as a split CD with Cadaver’s debut album Hallucinating Anxiety on the Earache Records sublabel Necrosis. Some of the songs were later re-recorded by Dismember. The band had broken up by the time the album hit the streets. It was later reissued by Earache Records with 8 additional tracks, taken from the demos for The Day Man Lost and Infestation of Evil.

“Deranged From Blood”, “Death Evocation”, “Blasphemies Of The Flesh” and “Self Dissection” previously appeared on Dismember demos circa 1988–1989, before Fred Estby and David Blomqvist joined Carnage. Dismember also officially recorded “Death Evocation” (a bonus track on reissues of Like an Ever Flowing Stream) and “Torn Apart” (on the Pieces EP).


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