The Black Dahlia Murder
Unhallowed


4.5
superb

Review

by Robinanimate USER (6 Reviews)
July 6th, 2013 | 24 replies | 1,198 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anniversary of a modern metal milestone

2 of 8 thought this review was well written

I distinctly remember when The Black Dahlia Murder’s (TBDM) debut hit the metal scene back in 2003. At the time, metalcore and deathcore had yet to become the established genres they are today. The metal press was baffled by the intensity of Unhallowed and wasn’t quite sure what to make of this new band. First it was labeled it as Gothenburg metal. Later it was categorized as melodic death metal, metalcore and deathcore. The fact of the matter is that TBDM performs TBDM metal. There is never any question about whose music you are listening to when TBDM is on. And how many bands can honestly say that they cemented their own distinct sound with their debut album. I can’t think of any. Anyhow, one immediate response to the release of Unhallowed was the dividing of the metal community. Either you loved this new exiting band, or you absolutely loathed it. It’s unnecessary to underline which group yours truly identifies with, suffice to say that it has become one of the most devoted fanbases in modern times.

If asked to describe TBDM's sound, I would perhaps call it a hybrid of melodic death metal and deathcore. The melodic vocal lines and intense instrumentation leads me to conclude that TBDM has one foot in each camp. Returning to my first impression of the album, following the promising buildup from the intro the band unleashed the floodgates with Funeral Thirst. The blending of frenetic high pitched screams and guttural growls was the first distinction that hit me. I had never heard anything like it, either before or after, and the song still stands as one of my TBDM favorites. The vocals weren’t the only thing which grabbed my attention though. The intense instrumentation and brutality of it all was like the best out of two worlds. The melodies were borderline melodic death metal, while the technicality was borderline old school death metal. How anyone could not be blown away by this opener was beyond comprehension.

Other favorites from the album are Elder Misanthropy, When the Last Grave has Emptied and the incredible Closed Casket Requiem. Unhallowed might not be the perfect TBDM album, but as a debut it is undoubtedly impressive. Compared to later albums by the band, I’d rank it a top three next to Nocturnal and Ritual. In hindsight, the only downside with Unhallowed today is the production, which really doesn’t do the material justice. Already on their sophomore album Miasma, TBDM had upgraded their production values considerably. In a perfect world the band would re-record their debut to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the album. What better way to honor their roots than to present their career’s spark with the band's current production standards.

As mentioned above, not many bands have paved the way for their own distinct sound like TBDM. Wheather you love them or hate them doesn’t really matter, as their sound is so incontestably unique. Yes, they may not have changed the formula much over the last decade, but TBDM deserves all fame and accolades coming their way. Granted the albums and songs might seem repetitive if compared to each other, but then again, when the quality of the material is consistently high, there is really no reason to complain. AC/DC has done it since the 70’s, Manowar has done it since the 80’s, and Amon Amarth has done it since the 90’s, so what’s wrong with TBDM doing it from the 2000’s. These are all bands that cemented their sound, either on their debut or a few albums out, and now are the kings within their respective genres. TBDM is a modern metal phenomenon whether you like it or not. Recognize!!!



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tempest--
July 6th 2013



12569 Comments


"If I were asked to describe TBDM sound, I would call it a perfect mix of metalcore and deathcore."

Neg.

Gwyn.
July 6th 2013



14868 Comments


lol

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tempest--
July 6th 2013



12569 Comments


This is a very bad review.

Gwyn.
July 6th 2013



14868 Comments


So many grammatical errors and blabber talk

"At the time, neither metalcore nor deathcore had gained foothold as respective genres in the metal
scene as they have today."

I think you mean "Respected", and either way you're still wrong since these are arguably the most
demonized genres in metal.

Gwyn.
July 6th 2013



14868 Comments


Also, your sentences are mad short; stop using dots so much.


And yea neg'd btw if you couldn't tell

tempest--
July 6th 2013



12569 Comments


TBDM is a modern metal phenomenon wheather you like it or not.

Gwyn.
July 6th 2013



14868 Comments


Sure is a black dahlia murder kinda weather recently

mindleviticus
July 6th 2013



8156 Comments


This review is lmaobad POS'd

EvoHavok
July 6th 2013



1336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"If I were asked to describe TBDM sound, I would call it a perfect mix of metalcore and deathcore."
Good way to make it sound like something 95% of this site would avoid like the plague, when it's not.

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Robinanimate
July 6th 2013



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I should have explained that English is not my first language perhaps...
Any critique of grammar or sentence structures is therefore welcomed, but I hope my main points are still understandable.


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mindleviticus
July 6th 2013



8156 Comments


Not really

tempest--
July 6th 2013



12569 Comments


What is the fourth paragraph? Why is it there? What is its purpose?

SharkLasers
July 6th 2013



145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"introductorily"

lol

SlMBOLlC
July 6th 2013



4831 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Worst
Review
Ever
Ah

zaruyache
July 6th 2013



5847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There is never any question about whose music you are listening to when TBDM is on.

Coulda sworn they were practically an At the Gates cover band.

sufficed to say that it has become one of the most devoted fanbases in modern times.

Suffice it to say. And I wouldn't at all call them "one of the most devoted" fanbases.

How anyone could not be blown away by this opener was beyond comprehension.

Maybe they'd listened to Suffocation first. Makes sense.

As mentioned above, not many bands have paved the way for their own distinct sound like TBDM. Wheather you love them or hate them doesn’t really matter, as their sound is so incontestably unique.

:-/ Whole last paragraph is bad

Nobody likes AC/DC anymore
Nobody listens to Manowar
And Amon Amarth's last two records have been average.

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mindleviticus
July 6th 2013



8156 Comments


They are an at the gates cover band. Good music though

tempest--
July 7th 2013



12569 Comments


Pretty sure Amon Amarth's last all records have been average.

KILL
July 7th 2013



70528 Comments


dude this band is lame

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ChuckyTruant
July 7th 2013



15700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ugh kill u r lam3 m8

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KILL
July 7th 2013



70528 Comments


dude listen to funebre!



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