I’m not going to lie, but I expected more out of the new Carnifex album Die Without Hope. I was bummed to hear about how they split, and was happy they reunited. I liked their music when I was younger; I love seeing them live and they seem like really nice guys.
When I got offered to review the new album, I decided to take the offer. Well, I’m not very impressed. They didn’t stray away from their coined sound, but they didn’t improve on it much. In short, this record is pretty boring.
Like I mentioned before, I liked them when I was younger when the “Deathcore” thing was reaching its peak. I thought Lie To My Face was one of the most brutal songs I heard (this is obviously before I heard of bands like Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus) and I thought their material was overall pretty catchy and vigorous at the same time.
I still do enjoy listening to their older stuff, so I think that’s why I expected more from this album. Like in the album Until I Feel Nothing, the brutality in the opening track Deathwise creeps up on you. It explodes in your face with Scott Lewis‘ lows and a breakdown-sort of thing that is super heavy, and you’re hooked to the next song We Spoke of Lies.
With this newest album the opening has a similar equation, but it doesn’t draw you in as much. But even then, this is one of the better songs off of the record; the rest are pretty redundant and it just makes the overall album dull. The other song I picked up from the others is Last Words, because the solo around the middle of it is pretty awesome.
Now I’m not going to say this album is terrible and make some comment like “Carnifex isn’t contributing to the metal community,” but when I look at bands from the deathcore-scene back when I find myself appreciating the material they release now. For example, when All Shall Perish added Adam Pierce and Francesco Artusato to the line-up their sound evolved completely, making them more of a melodic death metal band. Oceano went down a similar route by incorporating clean vocals.
Now I’m not saying change is necessary (dare I say Morbid Angel?) but I hoped Carnifex would incorporate more interesting aspects to their songwriting such as more technically written riffs and soloing. Now, to those fans who don’t want Carnifex to stray from their sound, you’ll be upmost pleased with Die Without Hope. I unfortunately can’t say the same.
In short, the new Carnifex record isn’t awful, but it’s not for everyone. It definitely isn’t for me. It doesn’t mean I hate the band or will never support them again. I just wish they added more inciting elements, rather than incessant deathcore. But if you would rather bang your head and flip out over breakdowns, this is the album for you. I just hope Carnifex spices up the songwriting with their future releases.
1. Salvation Is Dead 4:40
2. Dark Days 3:34
3. Condemned To Decay 3:36
4. Die Without Hope 5:23
5. Hatred And Slaughter 4:12
6. Dragged Into The Grave 3:54
7. Rotten Souls 3:57
8. Last Words 2:59
9. Reflection Of The Forgotten 1:05
10. Where The Light Dies 4:44
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing Time: 36 Minutes
Scott Lewis – vocals
Shawn Cameron – drums
Cory Arford – guitar
Fred Calderon – bass
Jordan Lockrey – guitar