The Black Dahlia Murder
Ritual


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alexandre Hamel USER (5 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2012 | 21 replies | 2,111 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everything a death metal fan should expect from an album is in "Ritual"; The Black Dahlia Murder are still at their peak.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Melodic death metal holds its origins from ‘90s, with bands such as In Flames, Dark Tranquility or At the Gates. Since then, some bands have taken melodic death metal in a more deathcore-oriented style through the inclusion of copious amounts of breakdowns. Lyrical themes have gone from horror, murder and blood themes to lighter lyrics, being sung into melodic choruses. Nevertheless, this doesn’t apply to ALL metal acts. Some of them can still be defined as true “melodic death metal” bands and this is the case with The Black Dahlia Murder. They once again proved they have the ability to create such an atmospheric mix of dark lyrics combined with melodic riffs found on their previous efforts, which keeps the listener hooked and interested. Trevor Strnad’s dark lyrics, as showed in The Window for example, give the overall atmosphere of the album an obscure touch, but do not take away any of the emotion and melody. This is also greatly showcased in Blood in the Ink, where the main theme of the song – suicide – is implemented into a catchy chorus. The musicianship is undeniably great, and every member demonstrates his skill. Blast beats are amazingly executed by Shannon Lucas, who, from a drummer’s perspective, is very impressive. The guitar work is phenomenal, and the Carbonized in Cruciform intro contains an interesting acoustic part. Songs are diversified, and flow together in a beautiful way. The energy on Ritual is not lacking, though; Strnad’s shrieks are at their finest – even if this is not coming from a fan of these. The few growls give the album a new level of intensity, which is welcomed on pretty much any metal album.

All things considered, Ritual offers what should be expected from any death metal fan. TBDM are a perfect example of what death metal should be: extreme metal at its darkest.


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

Darion Paone (4.5)
An excellent successor to blockbuster "Deflorate" proves that The Black Dahlia Murder has found a gr...

Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
FrankRedHot
February 2nd 2012



6448 Comments


Lol

Tyrael
February 2nd 2012



20740 Comments


I'd italicize album titles instead of using quotation marks for everything. I like to use italic for albums, quotation marks for song names and nothing for band names but it all comes down to personal preference I guess.

macadoolahicky
February 2nd 2012



1835 Comments


TBDM isn't my idea of a present day pure melodeath band.

FrankRedHot
February 2nd 2012



6448 Comments


He calls this extreme metal

MetalMan79
February 2nd 2012



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TYrael : yeah... but how? lol

macadoolahicky
February 2nd 2012



1835 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/misc.php?do=bbcode

MetalMan79
February 2nd 2012



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you! Was the review good?

MadMikeLove
February 2nd 2012



651 Comments


Solid review. Have a pos.

MetalMan79
February 2nd 2012



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for your feedback.

Beachcoma
February 2nd 2012



526 Comments


Thank you! Was the review good?


Please don't say things like this, but yes, the review was pretty gopd.

eggsvonsatan
February 2nd 2012



1087 Comments


I really don't like melo-death anymore, but this is pretty enjoyable.

CaptainDooRight
February 2nd 2012



28353 Comments


good review, album is sh*t though

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

Uranium
February 2nd 2012



7050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

If people wanted another continuation of Nocturnal maybe this would seem like shit. If you jam to this free from biased mentality it shapes out quite nicely.

CaptainDooRight
February 2nd 2012



28353 Comments


yeah i was just f'n around its okay like a 2/5 rating but these guys dont' play real metal, their all fake f'cks

bloozclooz
February 2nd 2012



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how can a band still be at their peak. like a mountain only has a little tip that is the peak. same with other things that i can't think of, but i'm sure they do

zaruyache
February 2nd 2012



5891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some of them can still be defined as true “melodic death metal” bands and this is the case with The Black Dahlia Murder.


gigity gigity what

Digging: Sunwolf - Beholden To Nothing And No One

Butkuiss
February 3rd 2012



4110 Comments


Good review, man! Your writing is improving! Have a pos!

MetalMan79
February 3rd 2012



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you man !

DeathByAstonishment
September 22nd 2012



269 Comments


Why do these guys get so much hate? I honestly don't understand it, I'm so far lost in the valley of metal half the shit I jam out to isn't even on this site. Fucking elitists, this band is pretty much the only thing keeping me from becoming one too.

jayfatha
September 22nd 2012



2882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea this band rules and this album is their best



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