Currently on the tour cycle for their latest album, Slow Death, extreme metal band Carnifex have never shied away from covering some of their obvious influences. They’ve made their cover of Slipknot’s “The Heretic Anthem” a crowd favorite, and now the band has been filmed covering Slayer’s “Angel Of Death”. Considering thrash metal is a big influence on the band, this isn’t particularly surprising – but it is worth a watch. Check out the fan-filmed video below.
Veteran metal band Carnifex has just announced a European headlining tour for early 2018. Support comes from Oceano, Aversions Crown, and Disentomb. Slow Death is the most successful album in Carnifex’s catalogue, and it’s the band’s first headling run across the pond in support of the album. Check out the dates below.
Carnifex have been on a constant upwardly mobile path since their inception just over a decade ago. Daring to transcend the label of “deathcore”, Carnifex have continually improved over their 6 full-length album, culminating in career highlight Slow Death, released last year. Fearlessly exploring black and death metal influences, it’s the band’s most successful album both commercially and critically.
One wonders, though, where Carnifex’s sound could go next. And if vocalist Scott Ian Lewis has his way, perhaps we might see the band move toward an industrial sound, influenced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails? That would be pretty cool.
If you look back at the state of deathcore in 2007 compared to where it is in 2017, you’ll notice a few different themes. Many of the more prominent bands of that era aren’t around anymore (TTEOTD, Underneath The Gun, Suffokate), are still around but radically changed their sound for better or for worse (Bring Me The Horizon, Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy, Suicide Silence), or are still flying the metaphorical flag of the genre. Despised Icon and Carnifex in particular fit this category (even though the former isn’t really deathcore to some people) quite well, and the latter continues to get better with each album – culminating in 2016’s career highwater mark Slow Death. Boasting the highest first-week chart numbers of Carnifex’s career to date, it’s an album that revels in incredible musicianship as much as it does continuously evolving songwriting.
It even helped land the band a spot on the Vans Warped Tour this year, and though it just ended, it’s clear that the best is yet to come for Carnifex. I caught up with vocalist Scott Ian Lewis to discuss the band’s early days, their continuous musical evolution, and what it was like soldiering on despite being torn apart on tour by Obituary fans. Check it out below.