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Carnifex is an American deathcore band from San Diego, California.

Formed in 2005, they are currently signed to Victory Records and have released five studio albums. Their band name literally translates to "executioner" in Latin.

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CARNIFEX Dead in My Arms album cover 2.17 | 2 ratings
Dead in My Arms
Deathcore 2007
CARNIFEX The Diseased and the Poisoned album cover 2.58 | 2 ratings
The Diseased and the Poisoned
Deathcore 2008
CARNIFEX Hell Chose Me album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Hell Chose Me
Deathcore 2010
CARNIFEX Until I Feel Nothing album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Until I Feel Nothing
Deathcore 2011
CARNIFEX Die Without Hope album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Die Without Hope
Deathcore 2014
CARNIFEX Slow Death album cover 1.32 | 2 ratings
Slow Death
Deathcore 2016
CARNIFEX World War X album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
World War X
Deathcore 2019

CARNIFEX EPs & splits

CARNIFEX Love Lies in Ashes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Lies in Ashes
Deathcore 2006
CARNIFEX Bury Me In Blasphemy album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Bury Me In Blasphemy
Deathcore 2018

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CARNIFEX demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CARNIFEX Carnifex album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deathcore 2005

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CARNIFEX singles (5)

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Adornment of the Sickened
Deathcore 2008
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Hell Chose Me
Deathcore 2010
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Dead but Dreaming
Deathcore 2011
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Dragged into the Grave
Deathcore 2014
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No Light Shall Save Us
Deathcore 2019

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Album · 2019 · Deathcore
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For anyone who’s been listening to Carnifex since the Dead in My Arms, it’s crazy how much they’ve evolved over the years. Back in 2007, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t lump them in with either Suicide Silence or Job for a Cowboy… or basically any big deathcore band from the Myspace era. But the way the first wave of deathcore splintered off into so many offshoots is fascinating in and of itself. Job for a Cowboy now makes progressive death metal in the vein of The Faceless or Rivers of Nihil, while Suicide Silence spent their last album making “TEE-HEE”-ridden nu-metal rip-offs. Meanwhile, you have bands like Shadow of Intent bringing more credibility to the genre than ever. But Carnifex is in a bit of an interesting place as far as the deathcore scene goes.

They’re probably one of the most well-respected deathcore bands around, mostly because they’ve had such a notable evolution over the years. As every album passed, there was more of an emphasis on black metal and traditional death metal elements rather than the pure deathcore they were once known for. Sure, the deathcore is still there, but I often find that the more they stray from that genre, the better they get. So here we are at World War X, another suitably punishing and brutal effort that also experiments with a lot of the same textures and dark atmospheres that permeate the band’s later work. Not only does the finished product sound hellish and uncompromising throughout its 35-minute run, but the vibe is also incredibly depressing and hopeless as well.

For instance, you have the beautiful classical piano sections in “This Infernal Darkness,” which manage to be both unsettling and downcast at the same time. They provide a perfect contrast to the heavy riffs, which is something I can also say about Alyssa White-Gluz’s clean vocals that are scattered about “No Light Shall Save Us.” There’s something apocalyptic about the way her singing is combined with the throat-shredding growls of Scott Lewis; mix that in with some doomy melodies and chugging, and it’s all very effective in sucking you into its unique world. In general though, the melodic moments have just gotten much better than before. “Brushed by the Wings of Demons” boasts a beautiful Anata-esque harmonized guitar solo in the midst of its crushing death metal, while guest guitarist Angel Vivaldi brings a nice neoclassical touch to “All Roads Lead to Hell.”

Of course, the metal itself is still just as chaotic and intense as ever. But every album boasts more of a technical slant than the previous one, and World War X is no exception. Jordan Lockrey’s lead guitar work is getting more and more intricate - especially in regards to his solos - and Shawn Cameron continues to incorporate more elaborate tricks into his drumming. This is probably the largest amount of tempo shifts he’s ever had to plow through on a Carnifex album, and he’s absolutely up to the task. On “Eyes of the Executioner,” the musicians are called upon to switch tempos and moods almost constantly, such as immediately switching from a breakdown to an onslaught of blastbeat-ridden black metal riffs. Stuff like that is great when it comes to adding more variety into the mix. “All Roads to Hell” also taps into this nicely by getting faster and faster with every few measures to constantly ratchet up the tension before finally resorting to blast beats and thrash riffs to make their point.

However, the one downside here is that there’s still not quite enough innovation here to mark the album as a huge step forward. There’s a temptation to label the album as “just another Carnifex record” despite the abundance of great music we’ve got here. Plus, the lyrics - while dark and suitably creepy - are starting to get a bit tired and played out by this point. They fit the atmosphere, yes, but a little more effort thrown into the imagery and themes wouldn’t hurt. But hey, at least it’s better than the near-constant stream of F-bombs we were greeted with on 2014’s Die Without Hope! So I suppose that’s a good thing. Anyway, I do highly recommend World War X. Is it a huge leap forward in terms of stylistic innovation? No. But it’s just an incredibly solid slab of death metal that implements its deathcore and black metal elements in all the right places. And when you get down to it, these guys are still leaving about 90% of their deathcore contemporaries in the dust, so you enjoy the genre, you shouldn’t be disappointed in any way by this record.


Album · 2016 · Deathcore
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Vim Fuego
Seen as one of the leading lights of the deathcore scene, Carnifex have gained a lot of notice in the metal and social media. If “Slow Death” is any indicator to go by, it’s another case of hype building up the mediocre to a status far beyond that it deserves.

“Slow Death” in a word, is boring.

Music is supposed to cause some sort of strong reaction in a listener, whether it be raptures of ecstasy at a Beethoven symphony or Slayer’s “Reign In Blood”, or disgust at vile Autopsy lyrics, or even uncomfortable laughter at terribly politically incorrect Anal Cunt song titles. Apathy is not a strong nor useful reaction to music, which is what this album induces.

Yes, the band members in Carnifex are highly skilled musicians. Yes, the music has excellent production values. These are not what’s at fault here. The biggest problem is the straight-jacketed genre of music these musicians perform. It is unoriginal, predictable, interchangeable, and ultimately dull.

There’s no need to isolate any highlights, because there aren’t any, but there’s no discernible low points either. This album is ten tracks of heavy, competently executed metal, with death metal-ish vocals and a few electronic flourishes. All ten are virtually indistinguishable.

Deathcore’s protectors will rabidly devour this album. That is their right. It is also the right of everyone else not to have to subject themselves to such uninspiring music.

CARNIFEX The Diseased and the Poisoned

Album · 2008 · Deathcore
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Carnifex album number 2. Not necessarily the kind of number 2 that is a synonym for scat either!...but it ain't exactly gold either.

I'd definitely say that The Diseased and Poisoned is an improvement over their debut album. There were some catchy hooks in that album that automatically put it above some of the more prominent deathcore. They're slightly more of those hooks here on this album.

And by that, I mean even some of the breakdowns are catchy. Carnifex is definitely trying to sound interesting. "In Coalescence of Filth and Faith" is a pretty solid song in particular. I actually, thought that the first breakdown (the one with just the singer screaming his line before it) was the best part of the song. I actually feel that way on other parts of this album, but they aren't abundant in ever breakdown.

Though still not highly recommended, I feel that Carnifex are doing something right. With time, they might actually make something really interesting.

CARNIFEX Dead in My Arms

Album · 2007 · Deathcore
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Once again, I enter the realm of deathcore. I do not know why I continue to punish myself with it, but I can't just dis something that I haven't listened to.

That said, this isn't as bad as some other deathcore I've listened to. There's some good musician ship in places, and the production is clear. But like other deathcore bands, this band really needs to take it easy with the breakdowns.

The lyrics are also piss poor. I don't like bands trying to act "brutal" with their music when their lyrics are about love and sadness. That said, if you want people to take you seriously, having a song titled "Slit Wrist Savior" is probably a bad idea, even though it was the song I liked the most on this album.

Alright in small doses, but I don't recommend listening to it for too long.

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