Carn Dûm is a new epic black metal band from Germany formed in August 2012. After 2 demos in 2013 and 2014, the band released the split album “Auf Vergessenen Pfaden…” with the Swiss epic Tolkien folk black metallers Black Jade in 2014. Recently they signed to the German underground label Dominance of Darkness Records and released their debut full-length album “Carn Dûm” on June 6th, 2015.
The band plays epic black metal with an underground old-school approach in its sound. Their music is clearly guitar-based with very limited (and mostly in the background) use of keyboards. Beautiful acoustic guitars and few other acoustic instruments here and there, enrich their sound, making it more atmospheric. The work in their guitars is very interesting, since they have managed to combine a raw aggressive sound with great melodic riffs and a relatively technical playing. “Carn Dûm” has 10 songs totally, moving most of the time in mid tempo rhythms and lasting for almost 48 minutes. The roots of their music is melodic black metal. Some of their songs have a more epic fantasy feeling, others sound closer to melancholic atmospheric black metal, while there are also some less melodic parts, where the band has a more rhythmic and “dry” sound. The majority of their vocals is extreme black metal screams in perfect balance with the raw sound of their orchestrations. They often combine them with clean male vocals and choirs, mostly in the epic refrains and the result is really good! All of the lyrics are in German, dealing with epic and Tolkien related themes.
If you are into epic black metal, you better check Carn Dûm. They don’t offer something new, but they are a “safe” investment, with nice sound and a melodic melancholic mood. “Carn Dûm” is released via Dominance of Darkness Records in a limited to 500 copies jewel-case edition CD with an 8-page booklet, whose cover and layout is by Misanthropic-Art. Their label has also prepared an official album teaser that you can watch below to get a first taste of the music. For more details and info you better visit the links to the band’s official pages, or listen to the entire album in their label’s Bandcamp page.