While approaching their sixth full-length album, Slow Death [Nuclear Blast], Carnifex possessed a distinct vision. The San
Diego metal quintetScott Lewis [lead vocals], Shawn Cameron [drums], Cory Arford [rhythm guitar, backing vocals], Fred
Calderon [bass], and Jordan Lockrey [lead guitar]would build on the expansiveness of 2014s critically acclaimed
Die Without Hope as they brought a definitive darkness to the fold.
We wanted to take the next step, affirms Scott. On the last album, we started utilizing orchestration and
additional programming in terms of classical and electronic sounds. We elevated that to a new level here. Thats why
theres a dark vibe that runs through the whole album. It adds a layer of atmosphere that gives you a different feeling.
Then again, Carnifex have always stood out within heavy musics ranks. Their ability to temper darkened metal with a
cinematic swell of orchestral flourishes made Die Without A Hope a fan and tastemaker favorite. The album would garner enthusiastic
applause from the likes of Alternative Press, Outburn, Rock Sound, and many more in addition to bowing at #5 on Billboards
US Hard Rock Charta career high for the band. As they destroyed venues alongside everyone from DevilDriver and Miss
May I to Parkway Drive and Chelsea Grin, the boys began quietly amassing ideas for what would become Slow Death over the next
We really just wanted to write at our own pace and not worry about deadlines, he admits. We put all of that
to the side and said, When its ready, its ready. Thats what happened, and were really
happy with the results.
Working between San Diego and Newport Beach, Carnifex would entrust programming and co-production to friend and collaborator
Mick Kenney [Anaal Nathrakh]. Ready to record in early 2016, they retreated to Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, FL. This time
around, Jason Suecof [Trivium, Whitechapel] co-produced with Mark Lewis [Deicide, Cannibal Corpse] engineering and mixing.
We had time at our disposal, and we really took the opportunity to fine tune the songs, he goes on. We turned
it up to ten on this one, collaborating with everyone to make the music the best it could be.
Now, the first single Drown Me In Blood begins with an ominous hum before snapping into a churning verse. Everything
culminates on an invasively infectious refrain fueled by Scotts signature growl.
That song is basically about if you were trying to put negative emotions and depression into physical form, the
frontman explains. In this case, the metaphor is blood. Youre overcome by all of the things you feel you cant
fight against whether theyre emotional, physical, or related to a relationship. It takes the perspective of the negativity,
and then it assumes the view of the person trying to cope with that negativity.
Elsewhere on Slow Death, Necrotoxic veers between sonic dread and destruction, while the acoustic Life Fades
to a Funeral offers an entrancing reprieve amidst the chaos. The journey culminates on the final explosion of Servants
To The Horde, which holds a special place in the musicians hearts.
That one is for the fans, smiles Scott. Were the servants, and theyre the horde. Were
writing our music for them and trying to give back to them what they gave to us. Theres no separation between us.
Carnifex began carving out that bond with the audience way back in 2005. Over the course of four albumsDead in My Arms,
The Diseased and the Poisoned, Hell Chose Me, and Until I Feel Nothingthe band attracted a diehard following. Engaging
a hiatus in 2012, they returned a year later with a vicious and vigorous vitality. Its only grown since and is on full
display in Slow Death.
The title represents depression, he leaves off. The whole album discusses trying to let that out. If youre
feeling those feelings, I may not be able to tell you how to not fix them, but at least you have someone to commiserate with.
My hope is fans can relate and connect.