Carnival is forever…

Hey fellow analysts, here is my breakdown of Carnival is forever by Polish Death Metal band Decapitated.

Please note that I have used the version from the CD (long version), not Youtube.
Carnival Is Forever

3 Carnival Is Forever

Intro

Acoustic effect on guitar, delay, reverb. White noise with sweeping eq sounds like wind. (0:00.0)

A

Long version of theme A. Guitar introduces the theme. Drums play simple Hi-Hat rhythm for 8 bars then Bass joins in, Drums keep Hi-Hat rhythm that is now played over the top of double kicks. (0:54.6)

Bridge

Bass heavy in mix. Guitars and bass play same riff. Drums have the liberty of being ‘groovy’. Power chords, string bends, pinch harmonics, pick scrapes and slides on guitars. Drums play 16th note rhythm on bell of cymbals every 4 bars. (1:36.3)

A

Theme A returns with Guitars, Bass and Drums. Bass sounds like it has crunch or a little distortion on it. Syncopation by guitars that play a diminished 5th after string bend. Octaves in guitar riff at end of syncopated rhythm. (1:57.0)

B

Vocals enter. Bass and guitar have drone-like quality, made from repeated 8th notes. Drums keep syncopated rhythm on snare. (2:17.6)

C

Guitars break into thick power chords and take interest, vocals accompany riff. Drums break up repeated double kick and give interesting rhythm on kicks. (2:38.4)

B

Guitars and bass drone again, singer holds a high ‘scream’ for 9 bars with nice decay from reverb tail (and possibly a long delay?). Drums continue with syncopated snare. (3:09.3)

C

Abridged Theme C returns and this time it has been shortened. Singer uses different lyrics. Guitars still hold interest with the ‘brutal’ power chords. (3:29.8)

D

Singer gives ‘the angry man scream’ that has more of a yelling quality rather than guttural. Guitars and bass have a repeated rhythmic motif. Drums play 8th note ‘blast beat’ for first couple of passes then 16th note double kicks with a syncopated snare. (3:50.6)

Bridge 2

A different bridge section to the first one. Vocals have what appears to be a stereo delay. Vocals more talking than singing (vocals still gravelly). Drums keep the same rhythm from previous section. Guitars and bass have and upward climbing power chord motif that echoes the tonality of section B. held notes from the guitars and bass fade away before the return of the introduction. (4:21.5)
Intro return

Solo guitar with an acoustic effect with reverb and delay. background synth noises that mimic wind. (4:37.0)

A

Theme A returns with Guitars, Bass and Drums. Bass sounds has crunch or a little distortion on it. Syncopation by guitars that play a diminished 5th after string bend. Octaves in guitar riff at end of syncopated rhythm. At the end of this section a synth plays a high-pitched, harmonic sounding note. (6:03.6)

C

Abridged Guitars still hold interest with the ‘brutal’ power chords. (6:27.3)

D

Guitars have the rhythmic motif. Vocalist gives 2 high ‘screams’ that have an airy quality. Synths enter with long notes. (6:48.2)

E

Rhythmic motif in guitars remain, pitch is altered slightly. Synths become heavy in mix and grab interest. Double kick drums pound 16th notes and keeps the syncopated snare rhythm. (7:29.1)

Outro

Synth plays cluster of close intervals. White noise with sweeping eq, gives a wave like sound. (8:11.0)

Timepoint list (in milliseconds): [0, 54662, 96382, 117051, 137613, 158441, 189397, 209838, 230629, 261524, 277066, 363683, 387343, 408246, 449186, 491034, 529027]
Recording: /Users/samuelmclean/Desktop/3 Carnival Is Forever.aiff; Length: 529027; Offset in recording: 0
Exported by samuelmclean on Sun Jun 15 13:12:06 EST 2014

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