As one of the kings of the hill when it comes to deathcore, Carnifex are in the winner’s circle when it comes to the top spot. With their newest offering World War X, the Cali-quintet are bigger, bolder and darker than ever.
Straight out the gate the title track boasts a blackened orchestral opener not unlike something you would see on some big budget movies or a Call Of Duty loading screen (depends how you look at that one). Thematically this really sets the tone for the rest of the album, an all out extreme display of black synths, volleys of crushing guitars which does echo some existing black metal you may have heard before.
A prime example especially on track ‘No Light Shall Save Us’ Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy. This addition to the album however is a welcome one as the collaboration on this track is flawless and really does propel the track. Giving it its own style unseen from Carnifex before, again the track is a step aside from the deathcore assault we are used to being pounded with. Instead it keeps that ferocity and throws in haunting synths with a brand of chugging deathcore style aggression, with a lot of finesse thrown in. Making this track and the likes of ‘WWX’ Or ‘ This Infernal Darkness’ powerhouses. Making those speakers work overtime trying to comprehend everything they have layered these tracks with when listening to it and it’s just epic.
Breaking away from this new-found drama, Carnifex have seemed to deliver in a handful of tracks they have also kept a few tracks true to the brutal assault that we have grown used to hearing from the lads so far. ‘Hail Hellfire’ is the best example of this, it sees the return to their core sound delivering great unrest into the theme the album has delivered to us thus far. However, the savage vocals still being delivered by Scott Lewis still confirms that he is a force to be reckoned with.
On the flip side, tracks such as this can feel a little cookie cutter(ish) in parts where it throws in dime a dozen breakdowns. This brandishes a few tracks as feeling out of place compared to the darker, highly produced, symphonic powerhouses that the album mostly consists of.
World War X is the answer to the question “What if Carnifex and Dimmu Borgir had a baby?” The result being an onslaught of huge symphonic sinister sounding epics, coupled with that ferocious nature that Carnifex already delivers. Sure, in places it seems like they threw in the brutal monsters which may derail the theme of the album, but, ultimately, this album proves that they are only getting better with time and show no signs of slowing.