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Review – Carnifex: Slow Death
Since reuniting in 2013 after briefly disbanding a year prior, California deathcore act Carnifex have found themselves taking on a far bleaker sound with their output. A blackened one, if you will. It was a sensation one could always feel on earlier works, but it wasn't until 2014's Die Without Hope that this jump became far more obvious. Comparisons to influences from bands like Deceased to Emperor were thrown about from long time fans and even some nay-sayers alike. Many wondered if this was just a stylistic choice for this album, or if they would continue to nurture their sound for future recordings. Enter 2016's Slow Death, the next chapter of progression and second to be told through Nuclear Blast Records. But does this effort stand out like last time, or has the band reverted back to their old ways?