Montag, 4. Juli 2011

Review – The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual

Wierd metal-monks? TBDM always delivers

Ritual Cover

Ritual Cover

Ritual Tracklist:

01. A Shrine to Madness 
02. Moonlight Equilibrium
03. On Stirring Seas of Salted Blood
04. Conspiring with the Damned
05. The Window
06. Carbonized in Cruciform
07. Den of the Picquerist
08. Malenchanments of the Necrosphere
09. The Grave Robber's Work
10. The Raven
11. Great Burning Nullifier
12. Blood in the Ink

The Black Dahlia Murder have reinvented themselves.

Their latest Opus entitled „Ritual“ is everything they ever stood for, but only a little better.

Their fierce blastspeeds and high-speed At-The-Gates-ish riffing is still there. Yet, they have been able to incorporate more memorable, outstanding riffs which not only make the songs worthwhile but also more unique.

Just listen to the underlying melody of „Moonlight Equilibrium“ and you’ll get the idea. It seems to me as though Ryan Knight (ex-Arsis) has really been able to showcase his songwriting abilities. And that’s a good thing in my book.

Ritual is also TBDM’s first introduction of piano and orchestral-parts. The only let-down is, that they are pretty low in the mix. So careful when you turn your speakers up, cause you might get deaf when the brutality begins again.

Trevor’s vocals are as diabolic and vicious as always. Though, I gotta say, that I like his deep growls way more nowadays. Not that the high-pitched screams sound bad or anything, I just don’t appreciate them as much as I used to.

The production, once again handled by the mighty Jason Suecof, is great as always. The guitars are ripping, the drums are simply neckbreaking, and, as a bassist, i gotta say that the bass-tone is one of thickest metal-sounds I’ve heard in a while on an album.

My first listening-tip: Malenchanments of the Necrosphere (the Fear-Factory-memory-riff at the beginnig is simply rockin!)

If you want brutality with memorable riffs and songwriting, get this album!

Making of "Ritual" 

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