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Carnifex

Formed: 2005
From: Fallbrook, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Carnifex News

Below is our complete Carnifex news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Carnifex Comments On Upcoming Album

Carnifex completed work on a new album earlier this Fall, which is scheduled for release in early 2014. Now vocalist Scott Lewis comments on the upcoming album:

"One question I kept asking myself during the writing process of the new album was; How do we make a Carnifex album that shows our growth as musicians and progress as artists but still remains 'Carnifex.'

"I believe this album represents the answer to that question. We pushed ourselves further than any previous album. We drew on influences never drawn from in the past. We incorporated elements of different genres we never touched on in previous albums.

"This album is the culmination of nearly 9 years of writing music as Carnifex. This is the album Carnifex was always meant to write."

Further details on the title and release date will be announced as they are made available.

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Carnifex Finishes New Album

San Diego, CA Carnifex signed to Nuclear Blast during the summer, and now the band has finished recording a new album at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, FL with producer Mark Lewis.

"After a year and half of writing and five weeks in the studio, we are very excited that tracking for the new album is complete,” commented vocalist Scott Lewis. “Not only is this the best production we have ever had, the depth in each song is beyond anything we have previously written. We combined the best parts of our previous albums with elements and influences we only touched on in the past. This is the album Carnifex was always meant to write."

On recently signing to Nuclear Blast Lewis continues: “Signing with Nuclear Blast is a career defining moment for Carnifex. To be aligned with the largest Metal label on earth is a true honor. This world-wide deal signals a turning point for us as a band and individuals. Together with Nuclear Blast you will see Carnifex like you have never seen us before. Prepare yourself for an album that crushes any and all expectations. An album that will stand as the definitive mark for modern Metal.”

Carnifex's Nuclear Blast Records debut will also introduce new lead guitarist and longtime friend of the band, Jordan Lockrey. A release is tentatively scheduled for some time in the first quarter of 2014.

Carnifex's latest album, "Until I Feel Nothing," was produced by Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying) and was released on October 25th, 2011.

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Carnifex Signs With Nuclear Blast

After going on hiatus last year, California death metal outfit Carnifex has announced a new deal with heavy-metal institution Nuclear Blast.

“Signing with Nuclear Blast is a career defining moment for Carnifex,” commented frontman Scott Lewis. “To be aligned with the largest metal label on earth is a true honor. This world-wide deal signals a turning point for us as a band and individuals. Together with Nuclear Blast you will see Carnifex like you have never seen us before. Prepare yourself for an album that crushes any and all expectations. An album that will stand as the definitive mark for modern metal.”

Carnifex will begin recording a Nuclear Blast debut this July at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, FL with metal producer Mark Lewis (Arsis, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel. DevilDriver). Expect a release tentatively sometime in the first quarter of 2014.

Carnifex also welcomes longtime friend of the band Jordan Lockrey as new lead guitarist. You can catch the band live on the Impericon Never Say Die Tour: More...

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Carnifex Going On Hiatus

Scott Ian Lewis of Carnifex has issued the following announcement about the band deciding to go on hiatus:

"Fans and Friends, first and for most, a sincere thank you is in order to our fans and friends across the world. Without your support and passion, we are nothing.

"As of now, Carnifex is in a state of suspended animation. The reasons for this are many and complicated. Let me be clear in saying that Shawn, Cory, Ryan, Fred and I (Scott) are all still members of Carnifex. Let me also be clear in saying that although the future is very uncertain, I can say with optimism, that this is not farewell, but rather, until we meet again.

"Carnifex is now retreating into the obscurity we once came from. Be certain that us as individuals and as band mates have a true love for this band. Our desire to create our brand of art and music has never been about trends or money. These things will not decide our future.

"We invite you to join us live, for the last time in the foreseeable future. We will be making these select dates as memorable as possible and look forward to seeing you there."

Dec. 21 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA Mainstage
Dec. 22 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Dec. 23 - Hollywood, CA @ The Whiskey

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More Metal Songs Land On The Rock Band Network

The pickings for metal have been slim for quite some time on the Rock Band Network, and this week again only features a handful of new tracks for the headbanging crowd. Xbox 360 enthusiasts can now download these two songs:

Asking Alexandria – “To the Stage” (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way – “On Black Wings” (80 MSP)

The PS3 version will also get the following tracks on 7/31/2012 (North America) and 8/1/2012 (Europe):

Carnifex – “Until I Feel Nothing” ($1.99)
Amberian Dawn – “Come Now Follow” ($1.99)

As previously reported, Rock Band and Rock Band Reloaded will be removed from the iTunes App Store at the end of the month, following the expiration of the license with maker Harmonix.

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Victory Records Streaming Free 20 Song Sampler

Victory Records has posted a new 20 song sampler online for streaming, which can be found below. The label also commented:

"Check out our new 20 song music sampler available now on Soundcloud. It features songs from Emmure, A Day To Remember, God Forbid, first listens to brand new tracks from Dr. Acula, A Hero A Fake and These Hearts plus 14 other Victory artists.

"Listen and subscribe now at the Victory Records Soundcloud page or visit our Facebook profile and click on the 'Soundcloud Sampler' Tab." More...

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Carnifex Heading Out On California Tour Dates

Carnifex has a series of California and Arizona tour dates starting tonight with a free show in Fullerton. Details are as follows:

05/28 Fullerton, CA - Slidebar FREE SHOW!!!
06/01 San Diego, CA – SOMA San Diego
06/02 Lancaster, CA - Industry Theatre
06/03 Tempe, AZ – Rocky Point Cantina
06/05 West Hollywood, CA – The Whisky A Go Go
06/06 Santa Maria, CA - Skip Gibsons
06/07 Walnut Creek, CA – Red House Studios
06/08 Temecula, CA – The Vault
06/09 Bakersfield, CA – Stramler Park (“Rockin Roots Festival“) More...

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Extremefest 2012 Confirmed For July

Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on July 5th through the 7th in the three cities of Hunxe, Salzburg and Pratteln. It will feature over seventy bands on two stages, with acts still confirming. Head on over to the Extremefest website and Facebook events page for more information. The event is being presented by Metal Hammer, Noizeletter, Legacy, Musix, Metalnews.de, Metal.de, Blast Corpse Promotion (DE) and Catapult Promotion (AT). Check out the list of confirmed bands below, which includes the first European performance of Guttural Secrete.

5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland

Cannibal Corpse
Exodus
Suicide Silence
Belphegor *the return of BELPHEGOR*
Marduk
Asphyx
Nasum
Suffocation
Eisregen
All Shall Perish
Carnifex
Arkona
Origin
Suicidal Angels
Dornenreich – exclusive Metal-Set!
Deströyer 666
Cephalic Carnage
Desaster (Germany only)
Milking The Goatmachine
Helrunar
Wormed
Trollfest
Inquisition
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Aborted
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Nexus Inferis
Internal Suffering *comeback shows*
Severe Torture
Hellish Crossfire
Condemned
Eis
Gama Bomb
Helheim
Disavowed
Farsot
Riger
Malignancy
Hellsaw
Forgotten Tomb *AT & DE only*
Rompeprop
Benighted
Agrypnie
Ultrawurscht *AT only*
Ingested
Wormrot
Rectal Smegma
Dawn of Disease
Spasm
Hour of Penance
Guttural Secrete More...

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Emmure Added To NEMH Festival Lineup

Victory recording artists Emmure will join the already-stacked lineup of the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Sunday, April 22nd.

"We couldn't be more excited and grateful to be a part of this year's NEMHF," said vocalist Frankie Palmeri. "Some of my favorite bands are playing and I think this is the best line up it's had in years."

Emmure will join a lineup of more than 75 bands, from Billboard-charting artists and festival veterans to new acts and future stars of the genre, as the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival takes over the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the weekend of April 20th through April 22nd.

A camera crew will be on hand this year to document the show for an upcoming film focusing on the history of the festival, behind the scenes footage and the development of the show. The documentary will be produced by Manny Santiago from Crimson Media and sponsored by Shook Clothing. More...

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Forgotten Tomb Confirmed For Extremefest 2012

Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on the following dates:

5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland

The organizers of Extremefest have now issued the following announcement about confirming Forgotten Tomb and Ultrawurscht:

"Forgotten Tomb been around since 1999 and the Italians have caused quite a stir in the black and dark metal underground! 'Songs To Leave' (2002) or 'Love`s Burial Ground' (2004) are rightfully considered milestones of melancholic dark metal that the fourpiece infuses with doom and black metal elements. In 2011, Forgotten Tomb released their most recent effort 'Under Saturn Retrograde' and fans can look forward to one of the rare appearances of the Italians at the Austrian and German editions of Extremefest!

"It´s all about the sausage with Bavarian / Austrian act Ultrawurscht! Their highly explosive mixture of death metal, grind and hardcore – or simply 'Wurschtcore' – will one day conquer the world, and if you had the chance to check out albums such as 'Cheese Ass Built My Hot Dog' you`ll agree! Mixing metal and sausages should be declared a form of art anyway, so slap some wieners on the grill before checking out Ultrawurscht`s exclusive set at the Austrian edition of the Extremefest 2012!"

So far these bands have been confirmed to play Extremefest 2012: More...

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New Metal Songs Added To Rock Band Network

The heavy metal additions have been pretty sparse lately on the Rock Band Network, and this week there are only three new tracks coming to the Xbox 360 version of the game. These songs are now available to headbang with over the weekend:

Carnifex - "Until I Feel Nothing" (160 MSP)
Nightrage - "Insidious" (160 MSP)
Strikken - "Forever in Lies (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)

The PS3 edition is seeing even less metal love, with only the following track hitting the Rock Band Network on March 27th:

Chaotrope - "Dystopia" ($0.99)

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Bilocate To Contribute Recipe To Metal Cookbook

Hani Al-Abbadi from the Jordanian dark oriental metal act Bilocate is going to share a recipe in the upcoming book "For Those About To Cook Pure Metal" by Bruce Moore. The following press release was issued about the book:

"For Those About To Cook Pure Metal is a collection of recipes, anecdotes and pictures from metal musicians from around the world. With contributions from numerous musical genres and countries, this is truly a multi-ethnic collector’s cookbook. Readers will be presented with recipes ranging from appetizers to full course meals and desserts.

"Pure Metal is more than a cookbook: it is also a fan collectible as it includes short informative biographies, high quality pictures of the artists (mostly in a kitchen setting)), pictures of the food and, in some cases, a quote about why the recipe or food is important to the contributor. Readers and fans will gain an insider’s view into the lifestyle and habits of the artists and bands; a sort of backstage pass or behind-the-scenes look into the lives of their favorite artists far from the stage and the studio."

Read more about the book via Facebook. The following bands will be appearing in the collection: More...

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Conducting From The Grave Announces Tour Dates

Conducting From The Grave will be doing a series of California headliner dates starting 3/22 before the band will be hitting the road with All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and The Contortionist. The headlining dates are as follows:

Mar 22 Club Retro - Eureka, CA
Mar 23 Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
Mar 24 Whiskey Dicks - South Lake Tahoe, CA
Mar 25 Axiom - Oroville CA
Mar 28 The Workshop Ceres CA

The tour poster for the band's upcoming shows with All Shall Perish can be found below. More...

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Obey The Brave To Play NEMHF 2012

Canadian metal/hardcore band Obey The Brave will make its U.S. debut at the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Friday, April 20th.

The new band features former members of Century Media recording artists Despised Icon and Mediaskare's Blind Witness.

"Some of my favorite touring memories took place at the Palladium," said vocalist Alex Erian. "So stoked to be back and can't wait to play Obey The Braves' first US show ever at the NEMHF. Shit's about to get real, fellas."

Obey The Brave is managed by Good Fight Entertainment and is now working on its debut album for a label to be announced.

The 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. More...

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Unearth To Play New England Metal Festival

Massachusetts' own Unearth, which recently posted a music video online for the song "Watch it Burn," will join the all-star lineup already announced for the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Saturday, April 21st.

"It's been five years since we've taken the stage at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and we couldn't be happier to make our return this April 21," said singer Trevor Phipps. "This fest gave us a shot as an up and coming band over a decade ago and was one of the springboards for our career in heavy music. This year's lineup looks to be an amazing one and we are looking forward to hitting that stage." More...

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The Contortionist Announces New Tour Dates

Indiana's The Contortionist is pleased to announce an upcoming run with All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Conducting From The Grave. The tour kicks off in Oakland, CA on March 29th and comes to a close in Sacramento, CA on April 28th. See below for all current tour dates and stay alert for ticketing information.

“We’re really thrilled to be heading out with All Shall Perish and all of the other bands on the tour this March and April,” states guitarist Robby Baca. “This is a great tour and we’re excited to be performing with these bands. We saw All Shall Perish play recently and those dudes SHRED.”

The Contortionist also recently announced the band will be recording an upcoming full-length release at Audio Hammer Studios in Orlando, Florida with Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi (August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder) in February. The new album is tentatively set to be released with Good Fight Music in late spring/early summer 2012. The band also recently announced a new endorsement deal with Ibanez. More...

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Bonecrusher Fest Details Announced

Victory Records has issued the following announcement about Carnifex and Within the Ruins heading out for the Bonecrusher Fest:

"The annual Bonecrusher Fest is back again this year and more brutal than anything that has come before. Headliners Carnifex, who recently dropped their new album Until I Feel Nothing, will be joined by labelmates Within the Ruins hitting 10 countries throughout Europe.

"Bonecrusher Fest 2012 will be coming in full force to Europe. Audiences should prepare to get their faces melted off by Carnifex's live debut of tracks from the new album played for the first time ever in Europe and Within the Ruins’ signature, whiplash-inducing execution of their live performance." More...

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Carnifex Live Footage From California Available

Capital Chaos has posted footage online of Carnifex performing the song "Dead But Dreaming" at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA on October 28th, 2011. Check out the video clip below. You can also check out a recent video interview with Carnifex by heading over to this location.

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Carnifex Video Interview Posted Online

Bare Bones Music has posted a video interview online with Carnifex, which can be found below. Bare Bones also commented on the clip:

"Recently BareBonesMusic.com got a chance to sit down with Shawn Cameron (drums) and Cory Arford (guitar) of CARNIFEX on tour for their new record 'UNTIL I FEEL NOTHING' (Victory). Shawn and Cory talk to Evil G. about the new record, fans reactions, touring, producer Tim Lambesis and engineer David Castleman, some of their favorite songs to play live, how they were itching to get back on the road and tour after finishing their new record and much, much more. PLUS LIVE performance footage!"

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Victory Records Posts New Web Series Episode

Victory Records has posted episode 74 of the label's "VicTorV" webisode series online, which can be viewed below. This episode of the series includes members of Carnifex, Close Your Eyes, and Counterparts.

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