I'll be honest -- I've never cared about Carnifex. I never thought they were bad by any means, but they just never did anything for me. In fact, deathcore in general hasn't really been my thing. That being said, I've grown fonder of the genre as time passes. With releases like Whitechapel's self-titled and some scattered tracks from bands like Thy Art Is Murder, it's become clear that deathcore can have some genuine chops. And thanks to albums like Die Without Hope, I continue to understand what this genre is capable of.
What impresses me most about Die Without Hope is how excellent the songwriting manages to be. While I wouldn't call it revolutionary, it's clear that each member cared about putting out a well-written album. You get your heavy breakdowns and your ultra-brutal moments, but the songs each have strong backbones that are clearly influenced by the best of 90's death metal. However, this isn't just a throwback to what we love about that era; it combines it with a strong modern sound, and it sounds excellent as a result.
All in all, Carnifex put out an absolutely fantastic album. Die Without Hope isn't going to change the landscape of metal, but it's a damn good example of great song-writing, excellent playing, and thoroughly entertaining tracks. Who knows, maybe I'll give their back catalogue another chance. After hearing what they can do, I'm sure there's something to be found on their past work. For the time being, though, I'll be blasting this one, and I'll be blasting it loud.