Label: Narcosis Records
Carnage was an early death metal outfit that included musicians who would go on to play in some of the biggest names in the genre (Entombed, Dismember, Carcass, and a handful of others). Basically, this, their only full-length release, completely fucking kills. It's heavy, dark, and menacing, with a production job that is very much a foreshadowing of what would come to be the staple Swedish sound. It was all here - that thick, leaden guitar tone that crushes your skull as it stomps away above drums that hit your chest like a warhammer and never give you a chance to catch your breath. This is the real deal, and one of the earliest bands in the scene. As with many classics, there's not much I can say that hasn't been said before, so I'll leave it at that. Mandatory.
For fans of Dismember, Grave, early Entombed, and early Hypocrisy.