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Melodic death metal scratches a very particular itch; it’s usually pretty straight-ahead, and when those riffs kick in, nothing is the same kind of mosh-worthy. Carnivora caught my eye as fellow New England natives, but then I actually listened to their new single, “Pessimist Tongue,” and it’s clear that these Massachusetts thrashers are here to stay. Fans of At The Gates and Darkest Hour, you want this. If the blistering main riff doesn’t induce chair-moshing right away, just wait for the arena-ready harmonized leads once the guitar solo shows up. The track’s breezy 4 minutes blow by in what feels like half that time – even as I’m writing this, I’ve hit the replay button quite a few times already. It’s just one of four tracks on the band’s upcoming EP, “The Vision,” and every minute of that release rips just as hard. Considering the endorsements that these guys have been raking in lately, (A little amp company called Orange, for starters) plus a few dates with Mobile Deathcamp, I’m obviously not the only one who thinks they shred, either.
Keep an eye out for “The Vision” soon, listen to “Pessimist Tongue” below while you wait, and you can stream their equally ripping 2013 debut, “Eternal,” via Bandcamp.