Improvement. Lots and lots of it. That is how one could briefly describe these Californian deathcore titans’ latest studio effort, Die Without Hope. People who have followed this band since their raw and, frankly, musically immature debut full-length album, Dead in my Arms, will know what I’m talking about.

The latest release from the Victory Records Deathcore outfit Carnifex is a serious all out ravenous assault on the senses. Breakdowns, grinding double bass and ultra-technical guitar work provide the perfect backdrop for Scott Lewis’s insane vocal delivery. Brash, guttural and extremely powerful, it’s utterly amazing that he has any vocal chords left at all.