Belgian death metal group Carnation share the second single off of their upcoming album Cursed Mortality titled “Mantra.” The album is set to be released on Nov. 3 via Season of Mist.
The track is described as a “soul-crusher” by frontman Simon Duson with the inclusion of brutal death metal guitars and hooks.
We are back with the second single for our upcoming third album ‘Cursed Mortality.’ To accentuate the diversity of the album, ‘Maruta’ feels like the perfect single to follow-up the title track. This track is loaded with thrashy hooks, groovy beats, and punishing death metal riffs. Those who desire brutality, look no further. ‘Maruta’ is here to crush your skull!”
The story behind the song is in fact heavy enough to crush your soul, skull, and spirit. The lyrics explore the horrors and torture faced by prisoners of Japanese Unit 731, also known as the Manshu Detachment 731. The biological and chemical warfare unit was notorious for experimenting on its human subjects, who were dehumanized and referred to as “logs” or otherwise “maruta” in Japanese.
This is where things take a darker turn. A music video for the single was released and it includes graphics and scenery that will have you clutching on for dear life. The band members are performing in a dark room as images of the aforementioned human experiments are shown. It is not recommended for anyone that suffers from epilepsy since there are moments where there are flashing lights.
Cursed Mortality is the band’s follow up from their 2020 album Where Death Lies, which has been called one of the best records of that year by Loudwire, as well as earning acclaim from Pandemonium Metal, The Pit, and Chicago Music Guide.
In the meanwhile, Carnation have announced four European shows that can be seen down below:
08/26: Jena (DE) @ Rock am Wehr
09/23: St. Pölten (AU) @ STP Metal Weekend
11/03: Heist-op-den-Berg (BE) @ Cultuurcentrum Zwaneberg
12/16: Izegem (BE) @ Death Row
Stream “Maruta” below: