Carnifex "Die Without Hope Tour"

For more than 25 years, Death Metal has been the most maniacal and vicious form of rock. Covering the obscene and praising the perverse, extreme Death Metal still reigns as the driving force that continues to devour all other forms of hard rock. As each year passes in this brutal movement it becomes increasingly difficult to find suitable leaders to carry the torch and continue to entice and surprise an audience that certainly isn't shocked by much, and is definitely impressed by little. That search has ended.

Allow us to introduce CARNIFEX.

Derived from the Old English word for "executioner," their moniker could not be more appropriate. It's a word that reeks of death and destruction from the Dark Ages to describe a fierce, dark death metal band. It's hard to imagine that San Diego - known for its white sand beaches, endless sunny days and astronomical real estate, is also home to the brutal beat down that is CARNIFEX.

In 2005, vocalist Scott Lewis had a chance meeting with like-minded, gifted drummer Shawn Cameron. Having both played in a countless number of bands over the years that just didn't "seem to fit," the connection between the two was felt instantly. Together, they began a search to fill the musical void that had existed in each of their lives. They quickly formed a group and hit the road. And CARNIFEX, being the serious-minded musicians that they are, hit the road hard. Refusing to be another "here today, gone tomorrow" trend, CARNIFEX let nothing stop them from perfecting their live show, touring relentlessly and writing brainsick, yet intelligent, songs. Having endured everything from tour cancellations, van breakdowns and inevitable line-up changes, that "magical fit" was solidified by the end of 2007. Scott and Shawn were joined by the intensity of guitarists Cory Arford and Ryan Gudmunds. Bassist Fred Calderon rounded out the furious fivesome.

The non-stop touring and methodical songwriting eventually resulted in CARNIFEX selling over 5,000 copies of their first full-length album, Dead in My Arms, with little publicity. Not surprisingly, industry types started to notice; however, none as quickly as Victory Records. The men of CARNIFEX were welcomed to the Victory family almost immediately after they showcased their brilliance to the staff in November 2007. Having spent a lot of time writing during the previous year, CARNIFEX was primed to get into the studio to begin the current masterpiece that is The Diseased and the Poisoned. Zeuss (Unearth, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed) at Planet Z Studios was a natural choice for the band as producer, and they entered the studio rapidly and intently.

CARNIFEX is something musically unique. But what really makes CARNIFEX stand out from the throngs of other hard rock acts currently scouring the planet is their savage live show. Their declaration to make every night an "experience" for fans rather than just a "show" has proven to be perhaps the most appreciated trait of the band among fans. But you can keep your pyrotechnics and other special effects at home…CARNIFEX relies solely on the power of their music. "Every night, we strive to play extremely tight. Sometimes is can be difficult to make such an intense show so interactive, but we make sure that everyone is getting involved," says Lewis.

On June 24th, CARNIFEX will proudly deliver their ferocious new album to the metal masses. Intriguing and armed to the teeth with an arsenal of blast beats, machine gun riffs and vocals exorcised from the deepest pits of hell, The Diseased and the Poisoned is the soundtrack to your worst nightmare. CARNIFEX is ready to steal your soul.

For Seattle's I Declare War, one of the new heavyweights in the deathcore scene today, there are conflicting stories as to where the band's name actually originated from. All five members can agree that hip hop was the influence, either based on the Jay-Z tour or the Pace Won album, both of which bear the same name. The fact that the deathcore band's name is inspired by hip hop is not ironic at all, as I Declare War will concur that their diverse musical influences help keep their sound unique and fresh.

After a few lineup changes while growing the band, they eventually evolved into their current lineup as members were introduced to each other through the local Seattle music scene. As other bands began to disperse, the I Declare War lineup was solidified and grew stronger with each lineup addition. Guitarist Chris Fugate had the ultimate experience, beginning as a fan of the band who was eventually asked to fill in on a brief tour, and later asked to permanently join the band.

While on tour in 2007, the band crossed paths with well-known death metal band Whitechapel and formed not only a mutual respect amongst each other, but a lasting friendship. Two years later, Whitechapel's Alex Wade approached I Declare War to join The Artery Foundation for management and become part of the yet-to-be-launched Artery Recordings roster. "Being signed to Artery Recordings was the best thing that could have happened to us. They've been great to us along with everyone at Razor & Tie, and I'm extremely excited for our future," said bassist Brent Eaton. "We feel really connected and close to everyone there," agreed guitarist Evan Hughes.

As heavy as I Declare War's sound is, their message is just as poignant and serious. "Our lyrics are based on a lot of what we think is corrupt in the world today – government, religion, and the self-inflicted downfall of humanity," stated Hughes. "We have elements of a lot of different styles but try to stray from sticking to a formula and to keep things interesting by not writing the same song 11 times."

Touring is fundamental to the growth and development of I Declare War, and has proven to be key to their success. The technical skill of the band is showcased when they find themselves in front of fans and fellow musicians. "We feel the intensity just as much as someone watching, usually even more so," Hughes explained. The band has already been touring nationwide for the past few years, but hopes to find themselves out of the country in the near future. "I hope to be an international band. I would like to reach out to more fans and really push to get our music out there," drummer Ryan Cox stated in summation.

A force to be reckoned with in the deathcore scene, I Declare War shows no signs of slowing down. As Alternative Press said, "Five years in, they know exactly what they're doing and they do it without hesitation or mercy."

Here Comes The Kraken

Here Comes The Kraken (also known as HCTK) is a Death Core / Metal band from Aguascalientes, Mexico. The band started in the year 2008.

HCTK has released 3 albums: "Here comes the kraken", "The Omen" and their most recent production "Hate Greed & Death."

The band has produced 5 official music videos: " Don't fail me Darko", "Into the Slaughter basement", "Never regret"," NU BEGINNING." and their latest "AGUASCALIENTES (DEAD HOME CITY)"
They have toured throughout Mexico 5 times, from Tijuana down to Cancun. On December 2008 HCTK played many shows in Germany which triggered a new European tour on October-November 2009 visiting countries like: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. With such a great crowd response on summer of 2010 the band came back for their second European tour, this time with more shows to play and more countries to visit.
On 2011 new material was released: "Hate, greed & Death" which has shown an evolution in their sound and that has wowed the media with its technical and musical quality. The CD was mixed by Ulrich Wild (Deftones, Pantera) and mastered by Ted Jensen (Slipknot, Marilyn Manson).

After their appearance and performance in the Festival Vive Latino 2011 the band initiated their Hate Greed & Death tour and after a great number of shows they had to cancel the tour due to a car accident in which some of the band members were injured therefore could not continue playing and are still in recovery.

HCTK is currently promoting their new single "AGUASCALIENTES (DEAD HOME CITY)" and preparing a new album for 2013, HCTK is going to hit Europe for 5th time on February 2013 with Avocado Booking

Assassins

"I am King of this castle I've built"

Assassins is a Metal Core/Post Hard Core band hailing from Detroit Michigan. Formed in 2010, Assassins uses their music to wake their audience up to the world they live in, and find the balance between questioning authority and establishing self identity by any means necessary. Drawing inspiration from other musicians such as We Came as Romans and August Burns Red, their heavy sound and relentless vocals reflect their perception of the complacency and lack of integrity that plagues the world in a time that requires change and fortitude. Assassins harnesses this message to convince whoever is listening of their worth and potential, urging their audience to question the ties that bind us, but constantly keep moving forward. To try and do right, but understand that there is wrong in the world, and to make the reality you wish to see in the world come to life, no matter what the cost is.

Assassins has been touring the midwestern United States, sharing their energy and message wherever it will be heard, and have gathered a following of fans that accept a common and unified goal. This goal has been manifested through their release of the EP entitled "The Awakening," which was revealed to the public in 2012. The genesis of this EP can be traced back to the work of Todd Jansen, who is responsible for the writing of the music and the sustainability of their message.

"There is no point in lying to ourselves anymore, things need to change" says Jansen, vocalist and founder of Assassins. "This message has been a consistent one, not only in the world of music, but in every facet of human nature. Change is a vital essence to the continuity of human life and happiness, we get that, but we do not intend to inspire change with sugar coated messages and roses in our eyes. This is a cruel world that doesn't play by the rules, so why should we? The message to our fans is a simple one: Question everything, and take nothing for granted. Yes, we come off as angry. Yes, we come off as pissed off, because we are. But through our anger came insight. Insight to the steps that need to be taken in order to make the world what it needs to be. Some may not like what we have to say, but it doesn't make it any less true. We refuse to lie to ourselves, or are fans, anymore. It's time to wake up and realize what we are worth by questioning authority, and creating the only truth that matters; the truth we create for ourselves."

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Carnifex "Die Without Hope Tour" with I Declare War, Here Comes The Kraken, Assassins, Onyx Eye

Thursday, March 13 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM at The Altar Bar