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The day grindcore was the recipe - 82%

Drowned, December 26th, 2005

This is the first release from Carnage in the form of a demo tape. At this point, David, Fred and Matti were not yet in the band and the music was very different from "Dark Recollections" or any of the early Dismember stuff. The style here is straight-up grindcore with little sign of death metal. Production wise, the recording is very noisy with excessive distortion, which makes the low-end drums and vocals hard to make out. The majority of the vocals were recorded through a processor to give them that trademark goregrind effect that many bands would later use in the 1990's. The singer, Johan Liiva, does use his natural voice occasionally, but it sounds rather soulless and weak compared to Matti Kärki's.

The tape consists of three short songs played at an almost constant fast tempo, with lots of blastbeats and quick grindcore riffing to back it up. When the music does slow down, notably in the middle sections of "Aftermath", there are some catchy bass and guitar leads that work their way into the songs. An interesting fact about this demo is that "Crime Against Humanity" and the title track were later combined (and slightly restructured) to form the song "Gentle Exhuming" on the Carnage full-length. I think it would have been even cooler if they threw in "Aftermath" as well. After all, the whole demo only clocks in at 4:36!

"The Day Man Lost" was later re-released, along with a special rough mix version, on the CD reissue of "Dark Recollections"; but I wouldn't say that the new version is worth buying for this material alone, especially if you already own the original split with Cadaver. And if you're a die-hard Carnage fan then you probably already own it on cassette anyway.