Brazilian veteran death metal Carnified resumed its activities in 2021, taking everyone by surprise with “Nocturna” single. The trio, formed by Dan Loureiro (vocals, bass), Marcos Franco (guitar) and Vicente Azevêdo (drums), is starting a new chapter of its journey with the release of “Carnage For The Gods” EP, now available on all digital platforms.

This new effort brought the challenge of maintaining the level achieved with the single, which had the participation of the unparalleled voice of Sarah Jezebel Deva, the singer known for lending her voice to acts like Cradle of Filth, Therion and Hecate Enthroned.

Guitarist Marcos Franco commented: “We managed to find the balance between the roots of our sound known by fans since the 90s and bring these compositions to the present, with the weight and melodies that we seek to convey our history, or rather, the most suitable way to present our conceptual universe called Askardem.”

“We couldn’t release songs with a sound level and composition lower than ‘Nocturna’, so we explored the individual talents of each musician and went to our limit to make two strong, heavy, brutal and deep songs. I’m sure we managed to achieve our goal.”

The lyrics of “Carnage For The Gods” present ritualistic and dark scenarios, and to represent them, Carnified explored a mix of chants, growls and clean vocals, where Dan Loureiro‘s talent shine, while Vicente Azevedo brought folk beats, that combined with the traditional death metal, bring striking and creative elements to his drums.

“The guitars bring our previous compositions back, but adding more chromatic and heavy elements that make a parallel with beautiful melodies and the atmospheric and dark riffs of black metal. We proudly invite everyone to listen to ‘Carnage For The Gods’ and hope to meet you soon”, added Marcos Franco.

Click here to listen to “Carnage For The Gods“.
Check out the track list and cover art for “Carnage For The Gods” EP below.

1. In Darkness…
2. Our Own Blood

(Artwork: Marcos Franco)
Carnified is one of the veteran forces from Brazilian extreme metal scene. Formed in 1994 by Alex Oliveira (vocals), Eduardo Araújo (bass), Leonardo Pinheiro (guitars) and Vicente Azevêdo (drums), the group released its first demo, “Putrid Development“, in 1994. In 1996 the group’s music changed, influenced by the British death/doom metal acts, which resulted in their second demo, “The Carnification“. In 1998 their line-up also expanded, becoming a sextet, with which they recorded their first EP, “O Primeiro Elo“. With lyrics that tell stories of a world inhabited by gods who envy the human form, they released in 2001 “Where The Gods Bleed“, their debut album.

In 2005, the group went into a hiatus that ended only in 2020. “We wouldn’t go back if it weren’t for something with real meaning,” explained the drummer Vicente Azevêdo. After working on the re-release of their old work, the band, which is now a power trio formed by Dan Loureiro (vocals, bass), Marcos Franco (guitar) and Vicente Azevêdo (drums), released “Nocturna“, a single with the goal of going back to their essence.

The end of 2022 sees Carnified starting a new chapter with a trip to the universe of Askardem through the release of “Carnage For The Gods” EP, an effort that mix the brutality of death metal with the beautiful melodies and dark riffs of black metal.