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.

Conceived in 2006, this talented young band comprises of former members of several Chicago metal outfits, and together are rapidly becoming one of the standouts of the Chicago extreme metal scene. Describing themselves as one of the angriest bands on Earth, OCEANO channel this through their music, creating in the process some of the heaviest, most guttural and all-out brutal music to be found anywhere. Having already completed numerous successful tours playing with the likes of Hatebreed and Suffocation, OCEANO are constantly growing in popularity and with a record deal under their belts, are now ready to spread their path of destruction far and wide, and will be soon levelling a town near you."

Shadow Of Intent

Symphonic Deathcore band from Connecticut/Rhode IslandShadow of Intent was formed in 2014 as an internet-based project between vocalist Ben Duerr and instrumentalist Chris Wiseman. The band released their first EP called "Inferi Sententia" and continued writing music for the future.

In 2015 the band started releasing more songs and followed up with full length album "Primordial" in 2016 which rapidly started gaining traction. Over the next year the album "Reclaimer" was written and the lineup changed gears adding live members to perform in the music videos and eventual live shows.

The second studio album "Reclaimer" was released independently in 2017, selling 1,300 copies in its first week, and to this day has amassed over a million streams. The band is currently a four-piece consisting of Ben Duerr performing vocals, Chris Wiseman playing guitar, Matt Kohanowski on drums, and Keith Kohlhepp on bass. The band is beginning to perform live in December and will be continually self-producing material.

Suffer the Human Condition

Suffer The Human Condition is creating a versatile sound that is very aggressive and in your face!
Using the staple of the future, " the internet", these guys started working together to do what they love, playing and writing music.
Through many member changes, STHC has finally settled on what the band believes will be the best line up yet! When driven, like minded individuals get together to achieve a common goal, anything is possible. This is a thought that has taken the band to where it is today and what will take it to new and exciting places in the future.

Formed in 2014, The Human Experiment is a sound you won't forget. With a mix of metalcore and deathcore, they've brought some of the favorite aspects of each genre together to create a genre you've not yet experienced. Drawing influences from bands ranging from Motionless in White to The Acacia Strain, this band will stay in your mind.

Renatus

Dallas-based death metal outfit Renatus, are pushing the boundaries of genre. The band has been through several lineup changes and are taking influence from bands like Cattle Decapitation, Whitechapel, Lamb of God and many more. The new self titled five song EP will be released on April, 27th via Spotify, Apple music, Google play music and other formats.

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