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Carnifex: Hell Chose Me
Brutal Death Metal, Deathcore
Victory Records
February 16th, 2010
Release length: 34:33
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Carnifex was one of the bands in the Deathcore movement who gained a lot of respect from a lot of people who considered acts like Born of Osiris original and Napalm Death some cheap knock off. Suffice it to say, Carnifex had very little standing in the community of Metal fans who knew it’s history and listened to material that doesn’t suck. However, Carnifex is now yet another one of those types of acts to get a major update to their style and pull the Job For A Cowboy musical theory of not sucking so hard. With the band’s third full length release, Hell Chose Me, the group quickly establishes that they, too, can jump on the band wagon, and actually do better then practically everyone else who has.

Now, in all fairness, the band has always had talent stowed away, and it’s pretty evident on their previous releases. However, on Hell Chose Me, the band really broke the chains of mediocrity and are set to gain the respect of plenty from the Metal community now. Right from the start, it’s evident the band has been digging into the Brutal Death Metal archives of various record labels and managed to pull out some really spectacular material. The title track “Hell Chose Me” is an astounding track that will leave the most sceptical fan speechless, and that’s not even the best track off here. “Entombed Monarch” really shows off the potential that the group has for creating a very intense environment while utilizing some guitar riffs to add a slight melody to the music to make you want to just get up and stab something. It’s also at this point that the album really starts to pick up and breathe a life of it’s own, and becomes a thrill ride right up until the very end thanks to the undeniably heavy tracks “Names Mean Nothing”, “Sorrowspell”, and “By Darkness Enslaved” just to name the ones that stand out the most.

Hell Chose Me isn’t the most perfect release, of course, which is sad because the only faults lie in the very start of the album. “Hell Chose Me” is a very impressive start to the release, but once you hear more off the album it starts to become bland and as if the band had hastily put it together. The breakdown at the end of the song could have been better too, even though it’s clear the band wanted something that would sound very heavy and menacing. Sadly, it just didn’t really end with the impact that would be desired. “Dead Archetype” is just a good track, but could have been better. The breakdowns utilized in the track are alright, and work with the song, but lyrically it’s rather corny. The drumming is absolutely insane, and the guitars work very well on the track to create a song that puts you right at the edge of your seat before “Entombed Monarch” comes in and kicks you right off it.

What once was a punching bag for the Deathcore genre, Carnifex have created one of the most intense and pleasurable listening experiences in both the Death Metal and Deathcore world, and proves that they not only have talent, but also what it takes to earn the respect of every fan of Metal in today’s community. It also makes every person who said anything bad about the group eat those words by saying some positive statements together they never thought they would have to do. Each track is simply heavy and brutal with fewer breakdowns, in most instances on here, then if this were to follow the material put out on the first two full length releases. With the lead single off the album, and title track, “Hell Chose Me” being the only track here that will be skipped, it’s really hard to deny that this CD will actually stay in your CD player and not be used as a frisbee out of hysterics or anger, and that this is going to be an act to expect more great things from in the near future.

01. Hell Chose Me – 3:32
02. Dead Archetype – 2:31
03. Entombed Monarch – 3:44
04. Names Mean Nothing – 2:58
05. Heartless – 4:13
06. Sorrowspell – 3:37
07. The Scope of Obsession – 2:55
08. By Darkness Enslaved – 3:39
09. The Liar’s Funeral – 3:03
10. Genocide Initiative – 4:21
Overall Score: 8/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by Victory Records.