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Released: Mar 7, 2014
Genre: Death Metal, Deathcore
Label: Nuclear Blast
Number Of Tracks: 10
After a year-long hiatus, Carnifex comes back to deliver balls-to-the-wall power in their music, and it's just as awesome as it is inaccessible.
Die Without HopeFeatured review by: UG Team, on march 07, 2014 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sound: Heavy metal was made by and for the people that felt rock music wasn't heavy enough for them; death metal was made by and for the people that felt heavy metal wasn't heavy enough for them; and then, when a following of people who could be colloquially labeled as "insane" felt that death metal wasn't heavy enough for them, deathcore was founded. The 21-century born sub-genre of metal takes everything you'd find in previous subsets of metal, wraps them all up together, and puts it on steroids. And while not many bands are willing to go so far deep into the spectrum of extreme metal, Carnifex has been a brand name for Deathcore.
Reveling in itself, "Die Without Hope" is nearly ceaseless in its heavy, overdriven energy. About every song on the album - save the interlude, "Reflection of the Forgotten" - is a fusion of death metal-inspired tremolo riffs, groove metal riffs, thrash metal riffs, as well as plenty of blast-beat drumming, rapid-fire double-bass rolls and frantic drum-rolls that are extremely impressive to hear. Guitar solos are featured in just about every track - with each solo being better than the last, peaking at "Hatred & Slaughter." The vocals have a balance of low, guttural death growling and higher-pitched screaming, though it's not difficult to understand what frontman Scott Lewis is saying. Little breaks from the sheer intensity are offered in piano and violin interludes in the midst of songs, like in "Dark Days," "Condemned to Decay" and "Die Without Hope," as well as the interlude "Reflection of the Forgotten," which utilizes a clean guitar riff and a piano line as a soft precursor to the final track, "Where the Light Dies." This offers a little more depth to the album as a whole, but "Die Without Hope"'s primary nature of being one-dimensionally aggressive is still uncanny. // 7
Lyrics: When it comes to deathcore, the lyrical content is a dead giveaway (pun intended); of course angry music will be paired with angry lyrics, but there's hardly any variation in the subject matter, and lyrically, "Die Without Hope" is nine (since "Reflection of the Forgotten" doesn't have lyrics) different iterations of the same thing. Literally every song is filled with references of pain, death, blood, graves, the end, etc., as well as a hefty portion of f-bombs. These over-indulgent, over-the-top angsty lyrics can either warrant eye-rolling in regards to the shallow hopelessness that the words garner, or they can intensify the brutal aesthetic of the album, which is indeed the sole intention of them. // 5
Overall Impression: While the goal of the album isn't anything inventive, Carnifex does exactly what they want to do: make an album embedded in sonic brutality, and they do it damn well. Like the hottest of hot sauces, "Die Without Hope" is an album that's meant for the people who are looking for the most extreme portrayal of metal music, and it makes absolutely no effort to reach out to anyone that feels otherwise. So for those that know exactly what they're getting into, you will very much enjoy this album, and for those that are even a little bit faint of heart, this album will steamroll you. // 7