We've devoted a decent amount of attention in the past to our general distaste for metalcore, but now's our chance to tell you how stupid deathcore is. No doubt plenty of readers just rolled their eyes at the idea that there's actually something called deathcore, but that's not even the worst of it. First, the subtle distinctions: Metalcore was originally a hardcore punk and metal hybrid now it's mostly reserved as a label for the Hot Topic-est of metal. The same is largely true for deathcore, except that the genre of metal in question is specifically of the death variety. That's the kind of band Carnifex is. The riffs are generic and uniform across all tracks, the vocals are mostly Cookie Monster'd, and every song is built almost exclusively to house brainless circle-pit breakdowns. Top that with the misogynistic offend-fest that is the video for Lie to My Face, and Carnifex are a pretty easily hated band. But the drummer does helicopter headbangs while playing, so you've gotta see that.
Wed., April 7, 7 p.m., 2010