The Belgian death metal stalwarts of CARNATION will be releasing their second full-length, ‘Where Death Lies,’ on September 18 via Season of Mist! The album art and tracklist can be found below. In conjunction with this announcement, the band has shared the first single, ‘Sepulcher of Alteration’ along with an accompanying music video. The song and video can be found at THIS LOCATION.
Pre-orders are now available in various formats HERE.
Frontman Simon Duson comments: “Finally, the gateway to the ‘Sepulcher of Alteration’ has been opened. With great exhilaration, we encourage you all to venture forth and witness our newest creation of aural devastation. Like most tracks on the ‘Where Death Lies’ album; ‘Sepulcher of Alteration’ deals with the pursuit of physical reincarnation, the challenges laid forth in obtaining set goal, and the impending punishment for desiring it…
“With ‘Sepulcher of Alteration’, we offer a first glimpse at a few new elements that are featured on ‘Where Death Lies’. The Carnation sound has truly witnessed a natural evolution during the songwriting process of this album; and we can’t wait to show you more.
“Dreaming of what’s to come… Freedom to rise beyond.”
The cover artwork for ‘Where Death Lies,’ which is again created by the talented Juan Jose Castellano Rosado, can be found below along with the track-list.
1. Iron Discipline (3:52)
2. Sepulcher of Alteration (4:22) (WATCH)
3. Where Death Lies (3:26)
4. Spirit Excision (3:46)
5. Napalm Ascension (4:09)
6. Serpent’s Breath (4:47)
7. Malformed Regrowth (3:09)
8. Reincarnation (5:24)
9. In Chasms Abysmal (7:39)
Total playing time: 40:34
Embrace the new death metal overlords and their second full length ‘Where Death Lies’! CARNATION equals blistering and crushing death metal madness and, with this new chapter, return with relentless destruction and greater punishment than ever before.
Early 2013, guitar player Jonathan Verstrepen created the band to show his appreciation for the old school death metal legends from the ‘80s & early ‘90s. Vocalist Simon Duson, bass player Yarne Heylen, guitar player Bert Vervoort, and drummer Vincent Verstrepen were summoned to complete the band, and it didn’t take long until the chemistry between this quintet hit critical mass.
The Belgian’s first EP offering, entitled ‘Cemetery of the Insane’, was released upon the masses in 2015 . Tracks such as “Explosive Cadavers” or “The Rituals of Flesh” take you back in time to the better days of shredding riffs, neck-breaking drums, and skull-crushing guttural vocals.
The live rituals that followed were executed with stone cold merciless aggression. CARNATION delivered their bloodbath at select festivals across Europe during 2015 and 2016. Their next journey led them to distant Asia for their first tour across mainland Japan. This resulted in the infamous ‘Live at Asakusa Deathfest’ album, which saw the light in (2017).
These releases, combined with their reputation as a notoriously impressive live act, drew the attention of fans worldwide and provided CARNATION with the opportunity to perform at several European festivals and saw the band touring alongside PESTILENCE during their special Brazilian tour in April 2018. After signing with Season of Mist in 2018, CARNATION welcomed new and loyal audiences to death’s domain and invited them to witness them rise to their throne!
CARNATION rage on in 2019 with more spectacular live shows at 70.000 Tons of Metal, Alcatraz (BE) and Damnation Festival (UK), as part of their touring rampage throughout Japan and Europe (with PUNGENT STENCH and DESERTED FEAR), before entering the studio for the recordings of a brand new album. The mastering for the new offering was done by the mighty Jens Bogren (SEPULTURA, ENSLAVED, ARCH ENEMY) at the Fascination Street Studios in Örebro (SE).
With ‘Where Death Lies’ a new chapter of abhorrence now begins and opens up a hellish path to resurrection, reincarnation, and immortality. You wanted death? CARNATION is here with a superior appearance performing new rituals in service of ancient deities. All hail the new death metal overlords!
Style: Death Metal
Simon Duson – Vocals
Jonathan Verstrepen – Guitars
Bert Vervoort – Guitars
Yarne Heylen – Bass
Vincent Verstrepen – Drums
Recording Studio & Sound Engineers: Where Death Lies was recorded from January to April 2020. The drums were recorded by Wojtek & Sławek Wieslawski at the Hertz Recording Studio in Białystok, Poland and the guitars, bass & vocals were recorded by Yarne Heylen at Project Zero Studio in Nijlen, Belgium.
Mixing: by Yarne Heylen
Mastering: by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden.
Cover art: Juan Jose Castellano Rosado
2015: Semetery of the Insane (EP)
2017: Live at Asakusa Deathfest (Live album)
2018: Chapel of Abhorrence (Full length)
2020: Where Death Lies (Full length)