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Carnifex interview: Scott Lewis discusses Die Without Hope, new guitarist

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San Diego’s modern death metal miscreants, Carnifex, have been through a strange couple of years. This week, frontman Scott Lewis checked in with The Examiner and Metal Nation Radio to talk about the band’s debut album for its new label, Nuclear Blast. “Die Without Hope” releases on March 4.

After the release of 2011′s “Until I Feel Nothing” the band spent a year touring and feeling somewhat tormented about its relationship with Victory Records. At the end of the touring cycle in October 2012, Carnifex announced an indefinite hiatus while they decided what to do next.

Over the course of 2013 the band was able to step away from its old label and ink a new deal with Nuclear Blast. Along the way, guitarist Ryan Gudmunds, who joined the band in 2007, chose to step down. Longtime friend of the band, Jorden Lockrey was tapped to take over, and according to Lewis helped the band further push the Carnifex sound with his individual style. While the songs were already written by the time Jordan joined, the band made sure to give him room to breath on each track. Fellow guitarist, Cory Arford stated recently that Lockrey’s presence has made him step up his own game.

During our interview, Lewis discusses the journey from the last album to “Die Without Hope” and why the band believes this is its best album to date. He also talks about working with producer, Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver, Whitechapel, Deicide). Listen to the full interview above (push play button), and pre-order “Die Without Hope” now.


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