The Black Dahlia Murder
Deflorate


4.0
excellent

Review

by PeteyThePistol USER (9 Reviews)
September 12th, 2009 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Black Dahlia Murder step up their efforts and deliver a solid performance and a really fun album to listen to on their 4th release.

The Black Dahlia Murder are usually received two ways; either they are considered by some to be the saviors of American death metal or as some sort of pretentious barbarians who are destroying it. I for one don’t agree with either of these.

In regards to the critiques they get which seem to be centered around “same formula over and over again” or “no deviation in the solo department” I respond in two ways. Firstly, Ryan Knight creates the much needed improvement in the soloing (I really only liked the solo on Deathmask Divine, What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse, Funeral Thirst, and Miasma) on their previous releases. Secondly, who cares if the formula is repeated when they are so damn fun to listen to, Amon Amarth releases the same formula over and over again but they are still fun to listen to and for some reason are received much higher and without being ripped apart for it.

Their instrumentals are tighter than ever. Shannon Lucas is a monster of a drummer and keeps the speed up through the whole album, they have really lost any sort of “core” in their music since Miasma and I believe he is a lot of that reason why. As stated before Ryan Knight is very talented (but we all knew that from his days with Arsis) and Brian Eschbach keeps up his end of the guitar playing as well. The bass is only really audible on one song but you could say since he is keeping up with the guitars he is doing his unseen role. One thing that has vastly improved are Trevor Strnad’s vocals. He uses his lows much more on the album and they have gotten much better. His highs were always a strong point and were used the most throughout previous releases with his lows being peppered in throughout the songs, this is no more. More and more songs are dominated by lows and instead the vocal formula is much more varied. Songs such as “Black Valor“ “Necropolis” “That Which Erodes Me The Most Tender” “I Will Return” and “Denounced Disgraced” are all top tracks and really showcase their talent and the changes in their music.

This is the first release that TBDM really create an album that can stand out from their others, no longer does it sound as if they created 3 CD’s out of songs they all wrote at once. Also, it’s so hard to dislike any band that has this much fun with their music and doesn’t take themselves too seriously. This is a must have for any TBDM fan, any death metal fan, or anyone who is willing to give these guys a second chance.



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TBliss (3)
Certainly not on par with the benchmark that The Black Dahlia Murder have set for themselves....

bearseatbeets1 (4.5)
re-writing because I finally read how stupid my 2 am 10 minute writing of a review didnt go so well....

GoliathOnline (4.5)
Melodic Death Metal giants return with a pulse-pounding gem of an album....

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The Black Dahlia Murder run out of ideas and try the style over substance approach....


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PeteyThePistol
September 12th 2009


208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still don't understand why everyone is ripping these guys apart, as far as I'm concerned its a very good cd, better than anything else they have put out minus Unhallowed.

FadeToBlack
September 12th 2009


10930 Comments


Amon Amarth releases the same formula over and over again but they are still fun to listen to and for some reason are received much higher and without being ripped apart for it.
the difference being that amon amarth are good

PeteyThePistol
September 12th 2009


208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Then I guess that is just musical taste then, I think both bands are good.

Cesar
September 12th 2009


2732 Comments


That rating chart is wtf.

qwe
September 12th 2009


302 Comments


"The Black Dahlia Murder are usually received two ways; either they are considered by some to be the saviors of American death metal or as some sort of pretentious barbarians who are destroying it. I for one don’t agree with either of these."

neither do i, they just plain suck aint no rhyme or reason to it


bastard
September 12th 2009


3435 Comments


this isn't completely TERRIBLE, but its so boring that i feel like i should never listen to this again.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2009


17215 Comments


This and Miasma don't sit well with me. Unhallowed and Nocturnal are fun.

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shindip
September 12th 2009


3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this has an awesome cover

Nikkolae
September 12th 2009


4849 Comments


Amon Amarth releases the same formula over and over again but they are still fun

ehhh nehh, amon amarth are slightly better, i might check this out but my hopes are not TOO high

randomguitarist
September 12th 2009


158 Comments


Nocturnal was the most "fun" of their albums. I enjoy Deflorate thoroughly BUT they haven't found their niche.

zaruyache
September 12th 2009


6605 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"...saviors of American death metal or as some sort of pretentious punk kids who are destroying it."

Fix'd that for you.

"Amon Amarth releases the same formula over and over again"

Amon Amarth don't use shitty higher yappy singing and are actually melodeath. Unless I listen very closely to this stuff, I can't really hear any significant amount of melody at all.

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Comatorium.
September 12th 2009


4126 Comments


Its nice to see someone review this whose head isnt stuck up his ass. Pos.

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Phantom
September 12th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

you cut me deep bro

fireaboveicebelow
September 12th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

this band sucks, and saying that about them never gets old

bastard
September 12th 2009


3435 Comments


agreez

cirq
September 12th 2009


9264 Comments


cool album art but these guys are SHIT

LepreCon
September 12th 2009


4110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Boring

liledman
September 13th 2009


3826 Comments


the ex all that remains drummer makes them less -core? ironic.
havent heard this yet and im not excited to after the bashing its gotten... or after hearing a selection unnatural and the shitty solo it contained. i dont understand how many people see nocturnal as better than miasma. anyway, review could have been a bit longer but you justify your position well enough.

TricksterGRex
September 13th 2009


2087 Comments


CUZ ITS 5/5 DO U EVEN LIKE MUSIC

HenchmanOfSanta
September 13th 2009


1872 Comments


Brian Eschbach went to my high school. It's a shame that he's in a pretty bland band.

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