Carnifex
Until I Feel Nothing


3.0
good

Review

by pbass0 USER (8 Reviews)
January 15th, 2012 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With the addition of an audible bass and some keyboard effects, Carnifex is slowly but surely becoming a better band.

Let’s be honest, more than half of you wouldn’t be listening to Carnifex is it wasn’t for “Lie to My Face.” It’s obsurd video and breakdown helped propel the band into deathcore stardom.

Who cares? Exactly. Being a largely popular band (especially in the deathcore genre and for a one hit wonder) is not something to be proud of. It just basically staples you as (9/10) a skinny white kid with obnoxiously long hair and skinny jeans who likes to poorly imitate talented death metal bands; while also being a self-proclaimed “hardass” by shunning all other forms of music that do include the word “core” and frequently visiting Hot Topic.

The album starts off with stereotypical deathcore/breakdown intro mixed with some keyboards. It is for the most part tastefully done until the guitar comes in and embarks on a massive chug fest.
Until about 20 seconds of We Spoke of Lies it seems like the typical Carnifex with mediocre death metal imitation riffs except the fact that the bass is immediately audible. The song transitions quite well and the breakdown doesn’t seem too forced. Scott’s vocals have obviously improved. It is nothing too spectacular, but it is definitely hinting at a moderately positive album. 3/5

A Grave to Blame starts off with a pretty melodic yet almost black metal riff. This song predictably leads into a breakdown, but the bass parts make it at least bareable. Around 2:00 it goes down into another pretty cool riff with a well-placed breakdown, but it seems like they should have cut the one before in favor of this one. To me, their choice of breakdowns and their placement is what bugs me the most about this band. Even though they still do a fair share of breakdowns in this album, they have definitely made them more interesting and not so headache inducing. They are almost reminiscient of some slam metal breakdowns were if it wasn’t just opens, but more like a chug fest moving up and down the neck. At 2:45 keyboards become distinguishable and it really adds to the depressing feeling of the album. 3/5

Dead but Dreaming has been out for some time now with a lyric video that is on youtube. The video is actually very well done and I would suggest watching it for some of the effects. But, back to the song; some old school death metalers but recognize the song name from Deicide’s discography, but both songs are completely different as Carnifex did not do a cover for this album. One thing that immediately comes to mind is the riffing for this album. The riffs are almost memorable and help to make this album not so monotonous (like their first three). Unlike most fans of the band, I find nothing too impressive about this up until mid song where the bass breaks free and has a few solo moments behind the keyboards. As a bassist, this is definitely promising. However, there is a breakdown that I can sense from a mile away. The breakdown is ok. The song transitions well into the end until the breakdown pretty much ruins it. 3/5

Creation Defaced has a mighty fine riff to start the song. The breakdown ends the shred fest rather abruptly, but they recover. The album has a very obvious black metal feel which is very interesting, and more prominently in this song. Again, I am loving the audible bass guitar. It adds so much texture and the necessary low end to this album that I crave. Unfortunately, the breakdown kind of kills the song (especially when they go into a slower breakdown from a breakdown- that annoys the hell out of me). After that breakdown it almost seems like I am listening to another song when really it is just a forewarning of how bad the next song is going to be. I would have to say, if it wasn’t for the ending of song completely botching everything up, then this would be my favorite song off of this album. 3.5/5

Dehumanize is entirely filler garbage minus an interesting riff at 0:30 seconds. It is the epitome of mediocre Carnifex and a major sore thumb on the album. And until the last 0:30 seconds it doesn’t even sound like part of the album (much like how the ending of Creation Defaced was). There are no haunting parts or depressing feel. This is just a typical deathcore chug fest. 2/5

Now, there is my favorite song off of the album. The riff at 0:30 of the title track is INFECTIOUS. This is what Carnifex could be if they tried hard enough. I absolutely love the low bass in the background. The second breakdown after the bridge-ish parts absolutely kills the song although. Some artists need to realize that breakdowns should be placed strategically. But after the breakdown, I am treated to another sick riff. For Carnifex this is really inspiring. However, they insist on giving me a ster fry full of breakdowns. I could see deathcore fans loving it, but a solo or something other than a breakdown would have been really cool. The rest of the song is pretty solid, but I wish they would have done something different than recycling parts of the song in different order. The ending (for Carnifex) is spectacular though. 3.5/5

Never Forgive me starts off with a solid riff, but then the break kills it. The next riff isn’t that great and the breakdown pretty much slaughters the song. If it wasn’t for the keyboards I would have immediately stopped listening. The riff in the middle of the song is pure new Carnifex, but yet again they kill it with a breakdown. This song is basically another filler with nearly nothing new in featured in the song. 2/5

By song nine, I’m kind of glad the album is almost over. These breakdowns are seriously getting to me. All they do is destroy what could have been a great song. On the other hand, the riff in the middle of Wretched Entropy is pretty cool. 2.5/5

Finally, the end of the album. But Curse My Name starts off with more of their deathcore fringed black metal, which is a giant plus because the last two songs were solid filler. HOLY CRAP, a solo in a Carnifex song??? Has my iPod changed songs on me? While the solo is nothing mindblowing in any respect, it is a sign that Carnifex is at least trying. Once again, there is an annoying breakdown part, but it leads into a more interesting breakdown/bridge part. The guitars finish the album in a fitting black metal tinged way (or so I thought). They insist on shoving an ending breakdown in there when in my opinion they should have just ended the album with a haunting fashion. 3/5

Overall, this is a mediocre/horrible deathcore band steadily moving up to a more distinguished sound. This was achieved by turning up the bass guitar and adding some keyboard elements. In retrospect, this is what made the album for me. For whatever reason, I have always liked Carnifex even though sometimes their music is god awful. Until I Feel Nothing at least gives me actual reasons for being a fan of the band. Also, the breakdowns have improved (if that is even possible) to incorporate more than open chugging wankery. While all of this is nowhere near groundbreaking material, it is a progression nonetheless and I would suggest listening to the tracks I have listed below for an idea of how Carnifex has progressed over the last year.

Recommeded Tracks:
A Grave to Blame, Creation Defaced, and Until I Feel Nothing.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FrankRedHot
January 15th 2012


6448 Comments


Lol

KILL
January 15th 2012


72280 Comments


m/

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

TechieCore
January 15th 2012


662 Comments


This band has been completely fail since Dead In My Arms. They were bearable then, now it's wack.

Tyrannic
January 15th 2012


3262 Comments


it's a track by track, check.

it has a shitty opening sentence, check.

ugh.

bloozclooz
January 15th 2012


1770 Comments


i'll look up the suggested tracks out of curiosity. won't download tho

SLAUGHTERDOZER
January 15th 2012


278 Comments


band sucks

Tyrannic
January 15th 2012


3262 Comments


wasn't as much a painful ugh, more of a disinterested ugh.

kind of like the ugh that came out when i read your comment.

AfterTheBreakdown
January 15th 2012


7172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

boring album for the most part. I like hell chose me better

ToMMyMiL116
January 15th 2012


1474 Comments


So what your saying is the breakdowns enhance all of the songs on this album. Am I right?

Tyrannic
January 15th 2012


3262 Comments


my cat > your cat

game over brah

Tyrannic
January 15th 2012


3262 Comments


so your secrecatary has 100 dollar bills stuffed in its coat?

dude i think it's stealing from you

Tyrannic
January 15th 2012


3262 Comments


dude your secrecatary is stealing from you and selling meth to local cats wtf man that's messed up

pbass0
January 15th 2012


532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@tyrannic i only write track by track when i feel that that is the best way to communicate my rating. i have never written a track by track before this one.

@ToMMyMiL116 i hope your kidding. hahahaha

theashesfromautumn01
January 15th 2012


1031 Comments


Tyrannics cat has a tie on. he means business so obviously hes the better cat.

ToMMyMiL116
January 15th 2012


1474 Comments


Hahahaha

Phantom
January 15th 2012


8930 Comments


Was tortured by the title track earlier via a friend and I know that the rest of the album is 95% guaranteed to be equally as awful.

ToMMyMiL116
January 15th 2012


1474 Comments


It's actually not that bad. I don't think any of their material is really terrible. Well I don't know about their second cd cause i never heard nuttin off it, but their first cd had some decent tracks and i know heartless off of hell chose me is one of my favorite deathcore songs. This band is certainly better than a lot of bands in the genre, but I know that's not saying much.

bloozclooz
January 15th 2012


1770 Comments


yeah i can hear the bass, band still sucks tho. just sucks with a more balanced production is all

ToMMyMiL116
January 15th 2012


1474 Comments


Blooz, didn't you write a joke review for hell chose me? I remember everybody giving you shit for that review.

AfterTheBreakdown
January 15th 2012


7172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

probably my least favorite.



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