Hell Chose Me

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Hell Chose Me
Carnifex - Hell Chose Me cover.jpg
Studio album by Carnifex
Released February 16, 2010
Recorded November 2009 at Castle Ultimate Studios, Oakland, California
Genre Deathcore
Length 34:33
Label Victory
Producer Zack Ohren, Carnifex
Carnifex chronology
The Diseased and the Poisoned
(2008)The Diseased and the Poisoned2008
Hell Chose Me
Until I Feel Nothing
(2011)Until I Feel Nothing2011
Singles from Hell Chose Me
  1. "Hell Chose Me"
    Released: February 2, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars[1]
PopMatters (4/10)[2]

Hell Chose Me is the third album by American deathcore band Carnifex, released February 16, 2010, through Victory Records.


The band started writing and recording the album Hell Chose Me in 2009. Upon its release, the album received positive reception and acclaim for its musical styling, structure, and concepts.[3] Carnifex maintained that this was due to having more time during the writing and recording process than their previous albums.[4]

On January 5, the band uploaded the first single from Hell Chose Me. They began streaming the entire album to the public on February 10, 2010, less than 6 days before they released it.

On May 28, 2010, the band embarked on a European Tour with supporting acts Veil of Maya and Suffokate beginning in Bochum, Germany and ending on June 19, 2010 at the Summerblast Festival in Trier, Germany. The tour included shows in Spain, France, UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. The tour was presented by Avocado Booking. An error occurred in the production of tour posters when the words "Hell Choose Me" appeared rather than "Hell Chose Me". Despite the error, it remained the official poster all the way through the tour.[citation needed]


Once Hell Chose Me was released, the album cover depicting a reincarnated priest bearing an inverted cross on his chest and holding a cornucopia of goat heads in hand generated controversy[vague] and was taken to offense by some religious groups and protesters[vague]. The cover had its display censored at many music retailers before a purchase of the album was made.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Scott Lewis; all music composed by Carnifex.

No. Title Length
1. "Hell Chose Me" 3:32
2. "Dead Archetype" 2:31
3. "Entombed Monarch" 3:45
4. "Names Mean Nothing" 2:59
5. "Heartless" 4:13
6. "Sorrowspell" 3:37
7. "The Scope of Obsession" 2:56
8. "By Darkness Enslaved" 3:40
9. "The Liar's Funeral" 3:03
10. "Genocide Initiative" 4:21
Total length: 34:33


  • Scott Lewis - vocals
  • Ryan Gudmunds - guitars
  • Cory Arford - guitars
  • Fred Calderon - bass
  • Shawn Cameron - drums
  • Produced by Carnifex and Zack Ohren
  • Engineering, tracking, mixing and mastering by Zack Ohren
  • Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music
  • Artwork and cover design by Brent Elliott White


Chart (2010) Peak
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[5] 27
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[6] 22
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[7] 4