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'Die Without Hope'
(Nuclear Blast)

jools green

Jools Green


After a brief hiatus Californian deathcore five piece Carnifex are back with their fifth full length 'Die Without Hope'.

This release features a new lead guitarist, Jordan Lockrey, who briefly played in the now defunct melodic black Metal band Nocturnal Symphony and his presence is undoubtedly a factor in the band's somewhat successful, slight move away from the Metalcore influences of their previous releases.

There is a noticeable melodic yet blackened edge to the sound particularly on the first few tracks as well as some rather nice technical elements. The solos are undoubtedly the highlight of the album but occasionally they do slip back into a barrage of breakdowns from time to time. The vocals are okay; I prefer the deeper growls as they have more intonation whereas the vitriolic hiss to the higher end vocals are slightly less interesting and less varied.

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My biggest problem was that as the tracks opened, my interest was grabbed to begin with, but my mind started to drift away around the midpoint ant this happened on most tracks. The album opens well with 'Salvation Is Dead' which has a hugely atmospheric sound-scape opener before manic riffs tear into you and the vocal scream of "Salvation is dead!!" seers the flesh from your face.

'Dark Days' is by far the best track of the album, starting with the superb symphonic style keyboard opener that permeates the rest of the track. It's hugely varied also with a great drop away to a midway, melodic, technically laced solo before one final onslaught.

The final track, 'Where The Light Dies', also appealed to me, with its subtle dark groove, mid tempo, a blackened edge and some good technical segments concluding with a symphonic keyboard ending.

'Dragged Into The Grave' is also worth a mention; its catchy and intense as well as bleak and dark, with some great technical riffs but it just lost my interest towards the end.

The album was recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, FL and produced by Mark Lewis (Arsis, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Six Feet Under).

'Die Without Hope' is quite a good album. It certainly sees the band moving in the right direction and I think there is still more potential there still to be realised. I liked it but it didn't grab my interest as much as I hoped it would.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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