|1||– World War X||
|2||– Visions Of The End||
|3||– This Infernal Darkness||
|4||Eyes Of The Executioner||
|5||– No Light Shall Save Us [feat. Alissa White-Gluz]||
|6||– All Roads Lead To Hell [feat. Angel Vivaldi]||
|7||– Brushed By The Wings Of Demons||
|8||– Hail Hellfire||
|9||– By Shadows Thine Held|
Reviewed by Mitch Charlton
“Death to all humanity” These are the first words you hear after waking up in the ruined and desolate landscape that Carnifex have provided, straight away giving you the underlying theme of the new album, World War X. This world is dark, destructive and bleak, solid riffs fall from the sky that lead to devasting break downs that leave a massive hole in the ground, gunfire blast beats and tremolo turrets that will have you running for cover. This album is full of heavy syncopated riffs that will drop the bodies around you, I couldn’t help but relish in the carnage.
For those of you unfamiliar with Carnifex, their sound is a blend of Black and Death metal, giving you a solid riff to head bang and really get into as well as creating a grim atmosphere behind it all, whilst also throwing in a shredding solo where its needed. This being the first instance I’ve really listened to the band, besides being shown a single here and there, I went back and listened to 2016‘s Slow Death. Coming from that album with its reasonably mid paced style of arrangements, World War X kicks it up a notch with a new level of ferocity to their nihilistic soundscapes.
The first two singles released are World War X and No Light Shall Save Us. Go check them out on youtube if you haven’t already. No Light Shall Save Us features Arch Enemy’s frontwoman Alissa White Gluz. No Light… is probably the lightest song on the album, for people who are wanting to give something new a listen, I recommend these songs, both are good choices for the first singles from this release, it only gets heavier from here on out.
Scott Lewis gives a voice to this horror that brings out the sense of hopelessness that is to be expected with the potential Armageddon, the layering of his vocals is unreal to listen to with his vocal styles changing between the low guttural and a mid-range snarl. Solo artist Angel Vivaldi appears on the album lending his talents with a solo on All Roads Lead to Hell that definitely makes it a stand out piece of music on the album.
Eyes of the Executioner is one of the heaviest tracks on the album with a tank of a riff that just keeps rolling over you and then finishing you off with a quick solo just for good measure. The chorus has a short memorable melody that brings a sense of polarity to the song giving it another reason to be a stand out track. Speaking of memorable choruses, Brushed by the Wings of Demons will have you screaming the chorus along with your own inner demons. The galloping riff in the first half of the song gives it a bounce and movement that I would I hope to see in the live circuit. World War X is going to be a crowd mover once it hits the stage, I will be hoping that they come to Australia with this.
With this style of music, a band can sometimes have an album that each song sounds similar, making the listener question if a song has ended or begun, I didn’t find that at all with World War X, there are no songs longer than four and a half minutes. Each song is its own demon of heaviness, bringing a new sense of desperation to delve deeper into this dying world of theirs. If this is the soundtrack for the end times, then play it loud!