World War X - Carnifex

Active listening

The, for some, still obsolete genre is almost an afterthought on an album, which mixes modern and old school death metal, with various forms of black. Next, add the djentede trends for some information regarding the solos, and you have a release which shows that the band only has grown with the job over the years. In several places I noticed how effectively the band has managed to keep alive a genre that otherwise was born with an expiration date. A solo reminiscent of "Cemetary Gates" here, a riff reminiscent of Anaal Nathtrakh that testifies to the ingenuity that breathes life into my rusty love to a bastard, as time and time again tilkæmper a place in my heart. Preserved, World War X is far from perfect, but it is a plate, which both can easily tolerate running in the background, but the degree also lends itself to active listening.

Not just a deathcore band

Carnifex, they play deathcore. For critics of the hybridgenrer is it enough to fob off on them as a fart in metallens læderbuks, but dig a little in their discography, it's clear that Carnifex is not just a deathcore band. In addition to the classic love for death metal and the genre of obligatory breakdowns, the california quintet recent years, not been pale to look towards the black metal. And it is more evident now than ever on their seventh album.

Something new, something old, something borrowed, something black

The very first thing I thought, because the intro and the title track had come properly in time, was that they looked well after in both The Black Dahlia Murder and the kings of the blackgrind: Anaal Nathrakh. Shots glide elegantly over in støvletramp, a strygersektion is introduced, and a wonderful mix of riffing and blastbeats kicking the door in with the musical equivalent of the stålsnuder on the boot. Towards the end of the song we get a good game of breakdowns, which reinforces that we still hear deathcore. The party continues unabated on the brilliant "Visions of the End", and to call the blastbeats for quirky is enough just to tighten it, but nonetheless, it is what they are. They use both old school and melodød elements: The infamous basdrop from the old school, the drums from the new and a little technical in order to make the number complete.

That is, all else being equal almost only nice things to say about World War X. However, it is as if they go a little stuck about midway. Two numbers with gæstevokaler brings, unfortunately, not something new to the table, where enough especially "No Light Shall Save Us" with Alyssa from Arch Enemy could be done without. I'm not saying that the number is redundant, quite the contrary. But it is she, unfortunately, and it's the same with Angel Vivaldi on the sequel to "All Roads Lead to Hell". Scott Lewis has been a vocal, that can easily stand alone, so it smells a bit of someone who does some other a service – I personally think that both guests, owe a proper game. But thankfully, "Brushed By The Wings of Demons" good the damage with his basic black metallic expression spiced up with melodic death metal. I sit below and think to myself, that Carnifex is back in the heat with me, and, not least, that deathcore has plenty to offer in the year 2019.


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