Whilst 2014’s ‘Die Without Hope’ saw Carnifex return from their brief hiatus with a particularly fearsome new take on pitch black deathcore brutality, it is pleasing that their sixth and latest full-length ‘Slow Death’ again scales new peaks of pitiless aural extremity and boundary nudging invention.
From the sledgehammer declaration of opener ‘Dark Heart Ceremony’ and the tuneful grotesquery of ‘Drown Me In Blood’, these ten tracks surge with a blackened malice which, whilst still founded on the band’s traditionally thudding assault, nods occasionally towards Cradle Of Filth/Dimmu Borgir levels of melo-drama, with moody keys and opulent atmospherics woven rather unsubtlely between the murderous rhythmic adrenaline.
Indeed, ‘Slow Death’ matches finding Carnifex on the form of their career with their most infectious material to date. The likes of ‘Six Feet Closer To Hell’ deliver the sort of fist pumping hooks built for festival stages and sweat box venues alike, whereas a string of gloriously memorable guitar leads are casually tossed forth in abundance.
For all its symphonic touches it is still thoroughly unpleasant stuff however, with Carnifex predictably summoning a righteously head-bangable display of succinct, groove driven savagery, it is these gently integrated hints at progressive which sees ‘Slow Death’ not only the high-point of their ongoing musical voyage, but also a tantalizing glimpse of what may be coming next.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)