GENRE: Melodic Death Metal
RATING: 8.0 / 10
Claimed by many as one of the best melodic death metal bands in existence, The Black Dahlia Murder have earned a spot among the gods of modern extreme metal with five albums, today, this being the sixth. The early contract with Metal Blade sure helped the promotion of this band, but they are ridiculously talented anyway.
The band follows the same pattern as in their previous album “Ritual”. The tracks were written by their two guitarists and there is a new drummer and bassist as well. Their sound has not changed compared to their other albums and they have the personal TBDM sound, so one knows what’s coming when the play button is clicked. The riffs and the solos are breathtaking once again, only that this time, the solo parts are even more frequent and melodic than before. There is no experimentation on the vocal style either, both the screams and the growls sound as powerful as before.
The production and mixing has not changed very much, maybe because it was done by the same people as before. In other words this album has the same vibe and power as they usually deliver. Despite the change of the drummer, the drum work is at the same level as it has always been. Really fast with lots of blasts and if you listen closely, the drums are more intense as a whole. There is an almost one minute introduction in the first song and that is more or less the only time the album gets a bit quiet. Even though they have melded slower parts this time, the heaviness of the album is overwhelming whatsoever. Several songs have a horror film concept (for example “Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn” is inspired from the 1981 film The Evil Dead) which is always a positive ingredient in a death metal band.
This album might lack innovation, but it pushes the genre to the limits with even faster and dazzling songs. They have almost conquered the scene with their unique sound and they continue their way with yet another flawless album.
♠Recommended tracks: Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn / Goat of Departure / Their Beloved Absentee
Review by: VS