When these guys initially came out, it was easy to lump them in with the rest of the generic deathcore bands that were being generated circa 2006, but with their third album in, “Hell Chose Me” shows Carnifex at their most developed.
First off, it’s nice to hear some riffs here. The title track is enough proof, going full force without stopping. Of course, they love to bend with the song structures, transitioning from a blackened riff to an effective breakdown. The lyrics aren’t anything poetic, but they are surely effective and memorable, almost in a way that Cannibal Corpse and Deicide would utilize. Not to mention that producer Zack Ohren did a great job behind the boards; in contrast to their previous album produced by Zeuss, The Diseased and The Poisoned, everything feels invigorated and dynamic, which is particularly true with “Heartless”, which builds up from an acoustic riff to their signature sound.
I won’t lie, this band had a ways to go previously, but they got it down with “Hell Chose Me” and have since made themselves one of deathcore’s mainstays.
RIYL: Thy Art is Murder, Cannibal Corpse, Chelsea Grin