Music / Carnifex

Carnifex are an American Deathcore band, forming in 2005.

After a few demos recordings on Enclave Records and some lineup changes, they signed onto This City Is Burning label for their debut act. After the album was released, they decided to tour full time. The sucess of the album and the rise of Deathcore got them signed up on the more popular Victory Records, with Fred Calderon and Ryan Gudmunds joining.

They announced a hiatus in late 2012, likely to see what how future events will affect them. On Jone 10, 2013, they announced a return and stated that a followup would be released in 2014 under Nuclear Blast.


  • Scott Ian Lewis – lead vocals (2005-present)
  • Shawn Cameron – drums (2005–present)
  • Cory Arford – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2007–present)
  • Fred Calderon – bass (2007–present)
  • Jordan Lockrey – lead guitar (2013–present)


  • Dead in My Arms (2007)
  • The Diseased and the Poisoned (2008)
  • Hell Chose Me (2010)
  • Until I Feel Nothing (2011)
  • Die Without Hope (2014)
  • Slow Death (2016)

This Band Provides examples of:

  • Anti-Love Song: Dead in My Arms was flooded with this as the lyrical theme.
  • Big Fun: Cory Arford is quite large.
  • Brutal Death Metal: Dead in My Arms leans quite a bit towards this.
  • Cover Version: "Angel of Death" by Slayer.
  • Deathcore: Trope Codifier for the black metal-tinged variant of it on Hell Chose Me, though they took a more symphonic turn on Die Without Hope. As of the 2010s, they are, along with Thy Art Is Murder and Oceano, the face of the genre thanks to Suicide Silence's disastrous self-titled, Whitechapel's steady move towards groove and nu metal and generally fading relevance with younger audiences, Despised Icon's part-time touring status, and All Shall Perish's lengthy period of inactivity due to legal battles with Mike Tiner all more or less taking them out of the game.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The music video has a guy beating up his ex with a crowbar...just for cheating on him.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Their demos and first two albums were far more brutal death and slam-oriented and had none of the blackened death elements that defines their modern work.
  • Emo Teen: Surprisingly averted considering their fanbase.
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Last Chorus Slow-Down: The ending of "Hell Chose Me", along with a breakdown.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Solid 10
  • Nightmare Face: The Diseased And The Poisoned's album art.
  • New Sound Album: Several:
    • Hell Chose Me introduced the blackened death metal elements that would later come to define their sound and was overall more technical and less slammy and breakdown-oriented than their first two albums.
    • Die Without Hope further expanded upon the blackened death elements and introduced guitar solos courtesy of newcomer Jordan Lockrey, as well as adding more prominent symphonic elements.
  • Screwed by the Network: Very nearly happened to them. Victory Records treated them horribly and their short hiatus and jump to Nuclear Blast was probably the only thing that saved the band.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Very cynical.