On average, these people are extremely creative but also extremely misunderstood and underappreciated. These 'lone wolves' are introvert, scared, tormented and emotional, but they also deliver some impressive music, like the quartet of Carneia, for example.
Formed by members of Miava and King Hiss, Carneia bring some solid heavy rock anthems with intense riffs and the soul shattering vocals of Jan Coudron. 'Voices Of The Void' is their fourth studio effort after two full lengths and an EP. With eight straight forward tracks, this album is a strong and well varied piece of work, showcasing excellent songwriting skills. According to the biography, the band is influenced by bands like Faith No More, Tool, Deftones and Nine Inch Nails but there is so much more to be found. For instance, 'Shadow Man' could have been a reggae tune and here and there you can hear a few death metal growls.
Yet, for the majority this albums feels like a heavy concept album by a well attuned band. While listening to opener 'The Making Of The Universe', I still had to get used to this sound, especially the rough vocals. Yet, as soon as 'Blood and Candy' started oozing out of my speakers, I was convinced of the sheer quality of the music. Element of progressive rock meet with stoner metal riffs and rolling bass. That being said, I think the bass player is the biggest Faith No More fan in this band. Correct me if I'm wrong. He does an excellent job supporting his bandmates, that's for sure.
'The Hangman' is one of my favorites here, a potent piece of alternative metal with a dark, brooding atmosphere. The sludge doom inspired 'Alter Ego' is as immersive and overwhelming as quick sand, or a container of tar. Yet, my absolute favorite here is 'Anthem For The Wasted', which mixes the intensity of heavy music with perfect songwriting skills. It shows a mature sound with a certain au-serieux, which I can appreciate. I'm sure many of our readers can appreciate this as well, so I urge you go over to their bandcamp page and check them out. Fucking hell, I love the musical output of our stupid little country...