Record Reviews

Album review: Carchosa “Realms”

Henrik Nygren serves us another delicious melodic death metal Carchosa pizza from Malmö.

Henrik Nygren’s one-man death metal project Carchosa has unleashed a fierce new album on the world. Something about “Realms” is very appealing to me. It’s world-class underground death metal baked into one crisp folded pizza. It has an edge to it that makes it different from many other acts in the melodic death metal scene. It’s a pizza of death, a melodic death metal pizza from Malmö, Sweden. “Realms” is the follow-up to Carchosa’s self-titled debut album that was released in 2018. I loved the debut album and the eight tracks on the follow-up are also to my liking. Henrik is behind the music and lyrics as well as the guitars and vocals. Carchosa is sinister, persistent, relentless, tormenting and in-your-face melodic death metal. Henrik has found his Carchosa signature sound and sticks to it. I love it. New York-based singer Emi Pellegrino’s clean vocals on the splendid track “Dawn of Storms” are a sharp contrast to Henrik’s harsh vocals. The combination works very well. It is an obvious highlight on the album. Other guest appearances on the album are guitar solos Andy Gillion, Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry) and another highlight, the guitar solo on “Hexes Arcana” by Scott Carstairs (Fallujah). I hope Henrik can take this project and turn it into a touring band. The music is too good to not be performed live.

Carchosa’s new album “Realms” is out now.