The Black Dahlia Murder



by Darion Paone USER (71 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2011 | 14 replies | 5,933 views

Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent successor to blockbuster "Deflorate" proves that The Black Dahlia Murder has found a group-effort formula to work with and is using it to its highest potential.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Death metal giants The Black Dahlia Murder have slaughtered their way through the rank and file with their past albums, the most notable of which being 2009's Deflorate and 2007's Nocturnal, and Ritual is no exception. Members of The Black Dahlia Murder have proven once again that they are head-and-shoulders above their competition and that they can stand beside the biggest names in the death metal biz.

If you're into death metal, but find something holding you back from obtaining Ritual - a problem I'd normally suggest solving by applying blunt-force head trauma via a frying pan - take into account that it's the band's fifth studio album, running for a decent time of forty-six minutes, and that the band has been able to focus all of their efforts and skills to produce this high-quality masterpiece of music. Ritual takes listeners on a journey they're not likely to forget. This record is an evolution of the band's sound in every aspect, from vocals to atmosphere.

The record's opening track, "A Shrine to Madness", begins with a soothing violin piece that leads into the controlled madness that is The Black Dahlia Murder. The first thing that struck me upon hearing the vocals for this song is that they reminded me of Jonny Davy, Job for a Cowboy's vocalist (although there is an obvious difference in audio editing between the two bands' vocals). As Trevor poured his black soul into the song, I easily caught the old Black Dahlia vibe through a myriad of riffs, shrieks, and a solo here and there, but it was obvious that something had changed. The sound seemed to come together in a way almost foreign to me - not necessarily good or bad, but merely different - and this is the major change fans of the band should recognise upon listening to this record. "Moonlight Equilibrium", the follow-up track, is the abode to many an epic guitar riff, and lightly-edited shrieks punctuate each frame of the song, making it easily one of the most memorable songs off of the album.

"Carbonized in Cruciform" and "Blood in the Ink" are by far the most ambitious tracks off of Ritual, though, and not merely because they have added atmospheric beginnings to them. They take shots at the normal Black Dahlia formula, but instead of conflicting with their existing sound, you get a whole new thing that's all kinds of epic. "Den of the Picquerist" is the album's shortened track, going in line with Deflorate's "Death Panorama" and Nocturnal's "I Worship Only What You Bleed". I wasn't a big fan of these shorter tracks in the past, as I always felt it conflicted with the rest of the album's sound, but "Den" fits this time around. "Great Burning Nullifier" lends well to the end of the album, while the aforementioned "Blood in the Ink" is a very satisfying closer, housing multiple solos for your enjoyment.

The Black Dahlia Murder has certainly evolved, but make no mistake - it's still the same band. You'll find reminders of Deflorate and the rest of the older records within the twelve tracks of Ritual, but the new content and sound they've allowed us to delve into really shows the band's dedication to make great metal music. Any fan of death, or even thrash metal, and certainly any fan of the band itself, will find this record to be easily one of the best releases of 2011.

To finish, I'll toss in a passage from the ending of "Blood in the Ink".

"Suicide is the only way out."

Recommended Tracks
1.) "A Shrine to Madness"
2.) "Moonlight Equilibrium"
3.) "Carbonized in Cruciform"
4.) "Great Burning Nullifier"
5.) "Blood in the Ink"

Recent reviews by this author
Deicide In the Minds of EvilHell:On Hunt
All Pigs Must Die Nothing Violates This NatureLycus Tempest
Circle of Silence The Rise of ResistanceAzure Emote The Gravity of Impermanence
user ratings (689)
other reviews of this album
Alexandre Hamel (4)
Everything a death metal fan should expect from an album is in "Ritual"; The Black Dahlia Murder are...

Mark M. (3.5)
The Black Dahlia Murder pulls of the theme to "Ritual" quite well; however the sound is pretty much ...

Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
Ritual is an album that is great in its own right, but does not stand as tall as the band's other re...

Comments:Add a Comment 
June 22nd 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

Decent review...don't know how necessary that lyric at the end was though.

Digging: Soundtrack - Turok 2: Seeds of Evil OST

June 22nd 2011


This is not a 4.5

Good review though.

June 22nd 2011


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Review is ok. It's missing something but not sure what. This album is awesome. Only complaint is how fucked up the lyrics are at some points.

June 22nd 2011


"Let us rape! Let us murder!"

Not anything near as fucked up as anything in their genre, actually. It's nice to see them go a new direction, lyrically.

June 22nd 2011


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"I fill the mouth with semen while the head still blinks and shakes ten seconds is the window another
child has met his fate" from the window

Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011


ah yes, here they come; the other reviews...

June 23rd 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Check mine out bro.

Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2011


No need to advertise mate, i'm already there. I just wanted to see this different opinion of 'Ritual'. Lol

June 23rd 2011


@Uranium, if you listen to an old Whitechapel song, any Cannibal Corpse song, most Cattle Decapitation songs, etc., you'll find Ritual is quite tame.

June 24th 2011


Album Rating: 3.0

An excellent successor to blockbuster "Deflorate"


Digging: Paramnesia - Paramnesia

June 25th 2011


Album Rating: 2.5

This album just ain't doing it to me.

July 30th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

I like how your recommended tracks are all my favourite songs. Carbonized in Cruciform has the best solo in my opinion, but the Great Burning Nullifier is my favourite track, that chorus is killer.

September 5th 2011


Am I the only one who really digs the window?

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

September 6th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i love the part where he talks about deflowering children

You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile


Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Site Copyright 2005-2013
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy