Immensely dark, brutal and rabid, "Miasma" leaves you feeling like you've been left in a concrete mixer overnight. Although the album has only 10 songs, each of them encase strong structures, melodies and a mountainous amount of insanity that will leave you temporarily blind. With a new album comes a few changes, such as better production quality, and most notably, a new drummer (Zach Gibson replaced Cory Grady). The songs are also tighter than a dolphin's ass. That's a good thing because compared to a lot of other death metal, it's sloppy and all over the place like a kid with ADD, but not here my friend.
Carrying us to the river Styx is the instrumental "Built for Sin". It's a little over a minute in length and near the end, you think you have a second to get that last breath of air in before the *** hits the fan, but you don't. "I'm Charming" rams its fists through your burning flesh and rips your skull out. Oh yeah, if that weren't enough, there's also a nice little guitar solo to take your mind away from the pain. With "Statutory Ape", I would say the band has aligned themselves with PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals). I'm just kidding! Judging by the lyrics, I'd say the gorilla talked about in this song is really a metaphor for human beings and the more you *** with us and ruin the world we live in, the bigger the consequence, downfall, and eventually the plague of doom catches up to you and brings upon morbid death.
The lyrics to "A Vulgar Picture" are lyrics that horror rock fans wet themselves over. It talks about going and prying open a casket and having necromantic tendencies. The lyrics are must deeper and meaningful than that, but you get the point. The lyrics are some of the best I've run across in a long time and it's a fantastic song as well. My favorite song "Miscarriage" is a dominant and melodic track that engulfs the emotions all the while continuing to rock on. The final track, the albums self titled "Miasma" is certainly the most melodic offering and shows that the album itself is miasmic.
The lyrics are dark, the music is brutal and the band is still very young which means only bigger and better things are foreseeable for these guys. From what I can tell, the band will continue to be one of the top American death metal bands around for many, many years. If you're unfamiliar with them (I don't see how that could be, but still�) you need to check out their shattering album "Unhallowed" or their sophomore album "Miasma". Anyway you cut it, The Black Dahlia Murder will wreak havoc on you.
***originally seen at www.blackangelpromotions.com***
[QUOTE=OathofDarkness]Eek, it's easy to see some people here are very touchy. Anyway, yes I did copy and paste MY review from my site. I don't see how that's shameful. I wanted to post my review here as well and MY reviews on Black Angel Promotions are copyrighted, which is why I put "***originally seen at www.blackangelpromotions.com***". Again, I don't see how that's shameful, but it's all good.[/QUOTE]
Sorry about that. For a second I thought you were plagiarizing. If it's your review than there's no problem with it.
Now that that's been cleared up, it was an excellent review. I have Unhallowed - It wasn't bad, but it got repetitive very quickly. I've heard this is much better but have yet to check it out. I shall do so.
Hey man, can you just confirm that all your reviews are written by you, and not by people who write for your site? Not accusing you of anything, but just thought I'd better check as that's a rather impressive site you have. Good review, anyway. I'll move this band to metal now as well, if that's OK...I'm not familiar with the music, so if they should be in another genre then let me know. Thanks.
This is my favorite album of all time, amazing riffs, amazing solo's, and Trevor is by far one of the best "extreme" metal vocalists in the buisness at the moment. "Built For in" through "Novelty Crosses" is just the most magnifiscent moment of music I own, the album kinda slips downhill, but "Miasma" gives that one last kick in the ass the album needs before you are left astonished, and asking God why there isn't more.
just bought miasma today, and i gotta say, i CAN see the carcass comparison that i heard, but these guys are like EARLY carcass when they used to be grind. TBDM just ignored the slow bits and made the riffs a little more melodic. im not saying they're plagiarising at all, this is a fucking amazing album, but i can see the resemblance with carcass.