Review Summary: This album is heralded by many as the magnum of opus of the US melodic death metal effort The Black Dahlia Murder
..... and for good reason.0 of 3 thought this review was well written
This album is heralded by many as the magnum of opus of the US melodic death metal effort The Black Dahlia Murder
..... and for good reason.
Many will notice the continuing Gothenburg sound, but as some will point out as well, this album has a unique blend of some black metal sound being tossed into the mix as an interesting spice. This can likely be heard on tracks such as "To a Breathless Oblivion".
This album is filled with heavy melodies from the dual guitars, they harmonize together extremely well and it's very hard not to like it.
Trevor Strnad continues his effective blend of high-screams and guttural grunts that make this band such a pleasure to listen to. His lyrics though are extremely good, the twisted poetry used within is highly effective, conjuring nightmarish imagery that you will love to visualize (or not) as the songs go on.
The highlights of this album are notably; What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse, Deathmask Divine and To a Breathless Oblivion (which is my favourite of the album)
Those songs capture the essence of this band in an extremely good way, poetic vitriol, relentless drums and guitars, and amazing work all round.
Bass we can't hear, but in the metal scene this is becoming something commonplace, so that's not as big of an issue. I'm fairly certain it is somewhere.
The drums, yes, Shannon Lucas is the drummer on this album (formerly of All that Remains) and he does not dissapoint either. And those of you who are fans of him, should by now know exactly why.
If I wanted to sum up the best moment of the album, it would be the chorus of To a Breathless Oblivion.
Just ***in' read these lyrics and put it on.
"Beyond those cursed stars above, lies the answer that I seek
On the backs of bullets rides my name, longing to kiss my cheek
Resentfully decline, retire this hated life
Without guilt I break these veins, carved with salvation's knife"
Buy this album.
You will not be disappointed with it.
Do it now.
Enjoy yourself for a night of nocturnal blight.