Artist: Urban Carnage
Title: Nihai İnfilak
Release: EP / Digital
Label: Night Animal Records
If filthy guitar tones, break-neck blast beats and crushing breakdowns sound like your kind of thing, you could do a lot worse than to check out Urban Carnage’s latest record: Nihai İnfilak (Final Explosion in Turkish).
Recorded in May 2020 and seeing a 7” release in early 2021 through various labels, İstanbul’s Urban Carnage play a kind of power-violence that will resonate with fans of Iron Lung, Nothing Clean or ACxDC.
Lurching from blink-and-you’ll-miss-it grinding violence into crushing beat downs across the eleven tracks on offer, the album leaves little room for respite during its barely ten minute run time. As one pummeling assault ends, only a brief gasp for air can be felt before the next barrage takes hold.
With a slight influence on display, from death metal or power electronics that permeate some corners of power-violence, this is a pure analogue of nastiness—with guitar feedback escaping through every crack between the throat shredding vocals and tar-thick sludgy bass.
The song titles encapsulate perfectly well the mood that Urban Carnage create with this record, “No Joy”, “No Shelter”, “No Success” and “No Shame”, to name a few, sum up the bleak atmosphere and desolation of the audible hell-scape that the band conjure with their primitive, bruising brutality. It’s only near the end, when the longest track “No Life/Anxiety” (still less than two minutes, mind you), makes any space for restraint as the slow brooding number allows the band to reload before the final tracks bring the bombardment to its bitter end.
This record takes you on a short journey to a dark place, with little room for introspection along the way, Nihai İnfilak attacks from start to finish. This is a powerful debut and if this is anything to go by, then Urban Carnage is definitely a band to keep an eye on in the future.