THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER

Melodic Death Metal • United States
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The Black Dahlia Murder is a Melodic Death Metal band. Formed in 2000 and some time later established themselves at the forefront of the then-burgeoning U.S. metal scene when they released their full-length Metal Blade debut Unhallowed in June 2003. The release of that critically lauded album, however, was only the beginning of an epic journey that would find this Waterford, Michigan, quintet dealing with personnel issues (founding member drummer Cory Grady was replaced by Zach Gibson) and a nonstop touring itinerary that kept them on the road for nearly two years playing with bands as diverse as The Red Chord, Arch Enemy, Napalm Death and Terror. But those experiences ultimately had a profound effect on their Metal Blade release, Miasma. "The road has been what really made Miasma what it is," vocalist Trevor Strnad confesses. "Much of the content here is a direct result of our experience in the read more...
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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Discography

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER albums / top albums

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Unhallowed album cover 3.47 | 8 ratings
Unhallowed
Melodic Death Metal 2003
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Miasma album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Miasma
Melodic Death Metal 2005
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Nocturnal album cover 3.71 | 7 ratings
Nocturnal
Melodic Death Metal 2007
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Deflorate album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
Deflorate
Melodic Death Metal 2009
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Ritual album cover 3.89 | 5 ratings
Ritual
Melodic Death Metal 2011
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Everblack album cover 4.07 | 3 ratings
Everblack
Melodic Death Metal 2013
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Abysmal album cover 3.94 | 4 ratings
Abysmal
Melodic Death Metal 2015
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Nightbringers album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Nightbringers
Melodic Death Metal 2017
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Verminous album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Verminous
Melodic Death Metal 2020

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER EPs & splits

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER A Cold-Blooded Epitaph album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Cold-Blooded Epitaph
Melodic Death Metal 2002
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Grind 'Em All album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grind 'Em All
Melodic Death Metal 2014

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER live albums

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse
Melodic Death Metal 2001
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Buy Us A Van (Demo 2002) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Buy Us A Van (Demo 2002)
Melodic Death Metal 2002
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Demo 2002 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 2002
Melodic Death Metal 2002
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER This Mortal Coil album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Mortal Coil
Melodic Death Metal 2011
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Gone But Not Forgotten album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gone But Not Forgotten
Melodic Death Metal 2017

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER singles (3)

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A Selection Unnatural
Melodic Death Metal 2009
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Into The Everblack
Melodic Death Metal 2013
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Verminous
Melodic Death Metal 2020

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Majesty
Melodic Death Metal 2009
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Fool 'Em All
Melodic Death Metal 2014

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Reviews

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Verminous

Album · 2020 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Verminous" is the 9th full-length studio album by US death metal act The Black Dahlia Murder. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in April 2020. It´s the successor to "Nightbringers" from 2017 and features the same five-piece lineup who recorded the predecessor. It´s not often there hasn´t been at least one lineup change between two The Black Dahlia Murder albums, but this time they´ve actually managed to not lose any members.

So does the stabile lineup have any effect on the music? Not really...or at least I´m not able to hear it, because stylistically the material on "Verminous" continue the horror themed melodic and energetic death metal style of the predecessors. Maybe the pace is lowered a little more often, compared to the early releases by the band, but that´s been a tendency on the last couple of albums, so no surprise there either. So in many ways this is more of the same, but while a little more variation/development between albums would have been preferable, it´s hard not to praise The Black Dahlia Murder for releasing another high quality melodic death metal album.

The sound production is high class, the musicianship on a high level on all posts, and the songwriting is strong too. The combination of highly energetic drumming, tempo changes, the many neo-classical inspired guitar solos and harmonies, and Trevor Strnad´s constantly shifting growling and higher pitched screaming vocals work well. There are several jaw-dropping moments on the album, and a couple of eye-opening experiences too. An example of the latter is "Removal of the Oaken Stake", which if you removed the extreme metal vocals, could easily have been a King Diamond song.

So while more variation is still high on my wishlist for the next The Black Dahlia Murder album (like it has been almost from day one on every one of their preceding releases), there are so many other high class elements on "Verminous", that it would be highly unfair not calling it a high quality melodic death metal release and a 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Abysmal

Album · 2015 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Abysmal" is the 7th full-length studio album by US death metal act The Black Dahlia Murder. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in September 2015. It´s the successor to "Everblack" from 2013. The years between the two albums have (as always) been spend touring relentlessly. "Abysmal" sees the return of producer Mark Lewis, who was also involved in the production of both "Deflorate (2009)" and "Ritual (2011)". Former bassist for The Black Dahlia Murder, Ryan Williams is also credited as producer (which was also the case on "Everblack (2013)")...

...and maybe let´s start with the sound production then, because it´s really strong and suits the music perfectly. It´s a very powerful sounding production, which brings out the right amount of rawness, but is still very clear sounding. Stylistically "Abysmal" isn´t that different from the last couple of releases by The Black Dahlia Murder. We´re still treated to melodic death metal with both screaming high pitched vocals (which on occasion gives of a "core" vibe) and deeper growling vocals. The band hasn´t lifted the foot from the gas pedal one bit, and the material is generally delivered with a furious intensity and predominantly in a high pace, which often includes blast beats. They do know how to play more heavy though which you can hear on a track like "Stygiophobic". The riffs featured on the album are generally technically complex, with an emphasis on melody, and the music features quite a few melodic lead guitar themes (check out the brilliant lead guitar melody on "Re-Faced") and blistering melodic solos too. The lyrics are as usual horror themed.

The high level musicianship is one of the great assets of the album in addition to the professional and well sounding production, and the solid songwriting. The latter is the only slight issue here though, and it´s not because it´s not high class material featured on the 10 track, 37:07 minutes long album. It´s more a matter of little development in sound over the course of now many albums. Of course you should never change a winning team, or change a successful formula too much, but I can´t help feel that "Abysmal" sounds a bit too much like a copy of the last couple of albums. It´s a minor issue if you crave more of the same, but if you´re interested in hearing just a slight development in sound then "Abysmal" isn´t the album for you. Still a 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved. This is a high quality release through and through.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Unhallowed

Album · 2003 · Melodic Death Metal
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Hailing from Michigan and adopting their name from the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER released their first full length release UNHALLOWED in 2003 incorporating a few different metal styles in the process. This is a brutal beast which begins and ends with a narration which comes from the field guide “Butchering the Human Carcass for Human Consumption.” Although Trevor Strnad is listed as the sole vocalist, it sounds like a call and response between two different guys alternating between Cradle Of Filth style black metal vocals with a deep guttural death metal style.

The music is brutal in a grindcore type of way but just barely keeps itself within a death metal type of style with black metal feel sprinklings at times. The riffs are actually pretty melodic for the most part but most of the tracks on here differentiate themselves from one another very little as the formula pretty much repeats throughout the entirety of the album. The only thing that makes certain tracks stand out for me is my preference for certain melodies over the others. I think the album starts out a tad weak but the brutality and melodies keep me interested and get stronger as the album progresses. Although this could have been fine tuned a bit I still find this to be a satisfying listen.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Everblack

Album · 2013 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Everblack" is the 6th full-length studio album by US death metal act The Black Dahlia Murder. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in June 2013.

The music on "Everblack" pretty much continues where "Ritual (2011)" left off. High energy horror themed melodic death metal played with great technical skill and vocals that vary between high pitched screaming and deeper growling. The tracks are well composed and features many compositional details that ensure longivity. Top that off with a professional, clear and powerful sound production and "Everblack" comes off as a high quality release.

As mentioned the band are very skilled musicians and the playing is both tight and energetic. Drummer Alan Cassidy drive the music forward with his fast and busy playing while powerful guitar riffing and melodic solos (some even neo-classical in nature), a nice metallic sounding bass and the above mentioned vocals complete the sonic attack. The Black Dahlia Murder really are exceptionally well playing. Even though their music is fairly melodic, it´s actually both raw and rather brutal too and the fast pace of the music often results in it being a frantic listen. Examples could be tracks like "Goat of Departure", "Map of Scars" or "Into the Everblack", which are absolutely scorching, but as with all tracks on the album, they feature intriguing compositional details and a rare sophistication that reek class.

And that´s actually the overall feeling I get after listening to "Everblack". A feeling that this is a high quality melodic death metal release. It doesn´t sound vastly different from the last couple of releases by the band, and that´s probably one of the few minor issues about the album (along with the high pitched screaming vocals which can be a bit hard to appreciate for the duration of the album), but The Black Dahlia Murder are just the kind of band, that can get away with that, because they produce such high quality music. The fact that they should probably begin thinking about incorporating something new to their sound or branch out a bit, are of lesser importance, when the music works as well as it does here ("Every Rope a Noose" features a slight experimental element, but otherwise the tracks are pretty much "by the book" The Black Dahlia Murder). A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Ritual

Album · 2011 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Ritual" is the 5th full-length studio album by US death metal act The Black Dahlia Murder. The album was released through Metal Blade Records in June 2011. It´s interesting to note that upon release, an album as relatively extreme as "Ritual", actually debuted at position #31 on the Billboard 200.

The music on the album is technical and melodic death metal played with precision and high skill. The sound production is clean yet not in a sterile lifeless fashion and the powerful sound brings much to the music. The vocals alternate between deep growls and high pitched sceaming. The latter vocal style provides the music with a slight "core" edge, but other than that the music on this album is death metal through and through. The tracks, while memorable and at times even hookladen, are relatively complex. Lots of tempo changes, shredding solos (and very impressive ones I might add) and adventurous and effectful songwriting are some of the words the music conjures up in my mind.

It really should be made abundantly clear that while the band are extremely impressive when it comes to the technical delivery of their music, the songwriting is top notch too. While the songwriting credits on the last two albums by the band went almost solely to guitarist Brian Eschbach, the songwriting for "Ritual", was shared between Eschbach and new guitarist Ryan Knight, who became a member of The Black Dahlia Murder during the recording of "Deflorate (2009)". Maybe the new input has been healthy for the band, because this certainly is a strong album in almost any way possible.

The 12 tracks of high quality technical/melodic death metal, distributed over a 45:30 minutes long playing time, are well written, well produced and, very well played, and therefore a 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is fully deserved.

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