The Black Dahlia Murder
Miasma


4.0
excellent

Review

by OathofDarkness USER (10 Reviews)
August 31st, 2005 | 185 replies | 37,220 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


4 of 5 thought this review was well written

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´┐Ż) 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***



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Cross Out The Eyes
August 31st 2005



42 Comments


MEH I DONT KNOWThis Message Edited On 08.31.05

Happymeal
August 31st 2005



330 Comments


And I don't think they're that "immensely dark, brutal and rabid" from what I've heard of this band

OathofDarkness
August 31st 2005



11 Comments


Cross-Do you really think I care if you like me or not?

Happy-You don't think they're "immensly dark, brutal and rabid". That's your opinion and I can respect that. That's how I felt about that album (especially the lyrics)-therefore I wrote what I did.

Shadows
Moderator
August 31st 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

[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.


Med57
Moderator
August 31st 2005



1001 Comments


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.

Jawaharal
August 31st 2005



1832 Comments


I've only heard a few songs by these guys and it was excellent. I think I might pick this up of you say its so good

OathofDarkness
September 2nd 2005



11 Comments


Sorry for the misunderstandings with everything. I probably seemed like a jerk, without meaning to.

Med, it's fine that you moved it. It was my mistake to begin with, so thanks for doing that. Also, thanks for the kind words on the site. We work extremely hard on it.

Cross Out The Eyes
September 4th 2005



42 Comments


Sorry Oathofdarkness i was trying to be a ass

UnskathedGuitar
October 1st 2005



18 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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.

Yeah...I love it.

I'm Charming
October 5th 2005



332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Could someone point me towards a band in this vein or style( I also like between the buried and me alot).



Prophecy
October 9th 2005



52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very few bands have a style similar to this. None in particular come to mind. Also, their singer kicks ass. He does the highs and the lows and has a great death metal voice. This is a great album.

Leper Affinity
October 9th 2005



89 Comments


A friend of mine (bif BDM fan) told me this sucks. That's a huge turnoff. Trevor can scream, but he has the most laughably pathetic death metal growls I've ever heard.

I'm Charming
October 9th 2005



332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think hes a relitivly good death vocallist.

Zmev
October 9th 2005



983 Comments


I just listened to the song on their myspace, twasnt good.

Prophecy
October 16th 2005



52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These guys are melodic death metal, not straight up death metal. Thats why he doesnt sound like hes burping up his lunch.

spoon_of_grimbo
November 4th 2005



2240 Comments


ive heard these guys being compared to carcass. if thats true, then this album is going to join my collection VERY soon...

Shadows
Moderator
November 4th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

These guys are nothing at all like Carcass.

spoon_of_grimbo
December 28th 2005



2240 Comments


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.

dahliaa7x
January 23rd 2006



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

did they find a new drummer yet?


Cravinov13
January 23rd 2006



3854 Comments


I can't stand these guys at all. They're music is a ripoff the Gotheburg sound, and not a good one. They're lyrics are horrible, and they're some of the biggest morons I've eever seen/ read about. IMO



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