The Black Dahlia Murder
Nightbringers


4.5
superb

Review

by Confessed2005 USER (100 Reviews)
October 8th, 2017 | 500 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Black Dahlia Murder release what is possibly their most accomplished release to date whilst still relying on a tried and tested formula.

The Black Dahlia Murder have had quite a colourful music career since releasing their debut album Unhallowed back in 2003. Several albums later, it can be said that the melodic death metal band have relied very heavily on their typical formula of speedy, frenetic death metal interspersed with dark melodies, to the point where it became apparent that maybe they were becoming stagnant. Thus we come to their eighth studio album, Nightbringers - have the band
churned out a predictable and stale release? Most certainly not, so it seems.

Nightbringers is quite possibly one of the band's most accomplished releases to date. Even though the band are still relying on a formula that they have been using since day one, one has to admit that the term 'if it isn't broke, don't fix it' comes to mind. However, everything here is top tier BDM. The riffs sound fresh and inspired and the solos are some of the best the band have produced for years. Trevor sounds demonic throughout, with his lows sounding guttural and his highs scathing. The transitions from these lows to highs are smooth and pulled off with good flair and technique. Album opener Widowmaker wastes no time in thrusting the listener headfirst into the chaos - plenty of double bass pedal madness coupled with well written melodic death metal chops, topped off with schizophrenic
vocal stylings from Trevor.

Through the course of Nightbringers, it can be duly noted that every member of the band is on top form. The title track is an early album highlight, slowing the pace down just a little and treating the listener to a thoroughly headbangable set of riffs as well as a meticulously superb guitar solo. The bass is highly audible in the mix and hugs the guitars well to provide a thick low end, occasionally branching out with small yet noticeable sections of its own. Catacomb Hecatomb proves to be another very strong highlight, with the chorus melodies being some of the strongest and catchiest of the bands career.

In conclusion, The Black Dahlia Murder have released what is possibly their best album of their career thus far. Plus, they have managed to do so using a tried and tested formula that they have rarely deviated from during their tenure in the melodic death metal business. Everything here is more than solid - right from the start the riffs are great and the accompanying instruments all play their part well. A well deserved pat on the back is due
it seems as I can find little to no flaws within the nine tracks present on Nightbringers.

Recommended Tracks

Of God and Serpent, of Spectre and Snake
Nightbringers
Catacomb Hecatomb



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Confessed2005
October 8th 2017


4989 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Review is a short one but damn the album is awesome.

BlackwaterPork
October 8th 2017


4390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Was waiting for a review on this, good job. Pos’d

necropig
October 8th 2017


5666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really enjoyed it

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Muse1748
October 8th 2017


188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Going to see these guys tonight. Love the album, great review. Have a pos, sir.

TundraL5Z
October 8th 2017


3149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Man i loved this thing

bloc
October 8th 2017


57543 Comments


Really hyped to hear this shit

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Madbutcher3
October 8th 2017


2345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

who produced this? sounds like jacob hansen

Evok
October 8th 2017


7738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this slays hard, as usual.

Shoegazefan9789
October 8th 2017


986 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album might be their best next to Nocturnal

brainmelter
October 8th 2017


6627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Of god and serpent, jars, and catacomb hectacomb are the bangers here

Hellscythe
October 8th 2017


4146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kings of the Nightworld is my favorite



"who produced this? sounds like jacob hansen"



it was

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razedtotheground
October 8th 2017


370 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First two tracks rip hard

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LaughingSkull
October 8th 2017


613 Comments


now that's an unexpectedly high fucking score... Well color me fucking interested!

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2017


56928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will check

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brettgoespunk
October 8th 2017


289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Catacomb Hecatomb is certainly one of their best songs. Can’t believe no mention of the closer track. It’s phenomenal. The blackened elements of this album rule so hard. Another stellar release.

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FearThyEvil
October 8th 2017


17012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rules hard

Ecnalzen
October 8th 2017


8710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Never paid much attention to BDM before, but this is pretty cool.

Madbutcher3
October 8th 2017


2345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeh this album is really good tbh. like the 80s vibe on As Good As Dead

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2017


56928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This slaps but it's the kind of thing where I only need 2-3 songs at a time to get my fill

Futures
October 8th 2017


9977 Comments


dig the little bit of thrash influence here. v good album as usual



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