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CARNIFEX Frontman Says Deathcore Has Pretty Much Gone Away

Posted by on January 18, 2017 at 12:04 pm

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I feel like hurling around the insult of "oh, that bad is deathcore" has kind of lost its meaning. It was a ridiculous, frankly childish insult to begin with, but what the hell is deathcore now anyway? Genres have melded together in a way where the lines are more blurred than ever, and deathcore just doesn't seem like a relevant genre tag.

In an interview with AP, Scott Ian Lewis of Carnifex says he feels like himself, Whitechapel, and Suicide Silence are really the only "deathcore" bands left.

“07-08, MySpace was still a big thing so a lot of bands that came out of the sort of MySpace era really got a bunch of shit. And now that that’s gone away and a lot of those fans went away and it sort of; I mean if you look at deathcore there’s really just us and Suicide Silence and Whitechapel left—although there’s still some haters on ‘Summer Slaughter‘…”

Even with that statement, are they? Carnifex's newest was plenty death metal, Suicide Silence is currently embroiled in its own controversy, and Whitechapel is just doing Whitechapel. Lewis also touches on people making fun of Carnifex on Summer Slaughter for… not being metal or something, which seems insane.

Honestly, I have no idea because I feel like sub-classifying genres is just silly. What do you think? Has deathcore gone away?

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  • Joe1909

    Why is that because they say so

  • Bob

    I wish it would have gone away!

  • Jessica

    I called it back then too. I knew that deathcore was a fad and it would go away. Meanwhile, you have death metal bands like Beyond Creation and Fallujah that haven't fallen into the fad flavor of the month and have been continuing in the ways that bands like Death/Atheist/Cynic before them. Like I've been saying forever, Deathcore will come and go, but death metal will never die.

    One band that I know realized that and stopped playing deathcore entirely is Job For a Cowboy. And their last album Sun Eater was phenomenal because of that. Deathcore from '08-'12 is to death metal what glam metal was to the heavy metal bands back in the 80s. Call me a hater all you want, but I called it even back then. Even back when my own old band wanted me to stop playing death metal entirely to do the same crabcore mindless breakdowns that were the trend back then. I even said then that time will prove me correct in saying that it's pointless to do that and will end up nowhere.

    Next up on the chopping block of fads is likely to be Djent, though I imagine some bands might still make a career out of it. But the fad of it is by and large gonna be dead. But "mathcore" bands like Meshuggah and Dillenger are still gonna reign supreme, despite djent kids trying to imitate them with djent fads.

    I'm sort of curious what fad is gonna be next to die after that. I figure like with metal in the 90s, metal is gonna go pretty underground because the bubble burst due to the fads over-hyping and bastardizing it. I hope it does, because that's how black metal got its occult (pun intended) following and inception, and I figure that something really cool will come out of it if metal does a return to the underground.

  • Alan Kane

    Deathcore is fake Death Metal for Emo and Scene kids who have mommy issues. They don't realize what real Death Metal is or where it came from, they're just a bunch of posers that think Hot Topic is TRVE KVLT. Fuck Deathcore and their pussy ass fans. DEATH TO POSER SHIT!!!!

    • KeithBC

      You sound as angry as Emmure lyrics.

  • Unholy Impetuous Ritual Plague

    Id say the scene is dead.

  • matt

    Within Destruction and Slaughter to Prevail are pretty good…

  • John Morgan

    What the hell is deathcore and what are all you kids doing on my lawn?

  • Br00talK1d

    Not dead till I'm dead. I'll bring back the br00tz