The Black Dahlia Murder was founded 2001 in Michigan and their 8th studio album, Nightbringers saw the daylight almost a month ago. It’s a fast-paced collection of nine tracks, which balances between technical crunch and more melodic approach.
The first three songs are easy to round up together as straightforward punch-in-the-face. The guitars groove nicely as but when it comes down to Matriarch, the lack of catchiness turns into a loss as the songs doesn’t really have much to offer.
The title track is a much better, and a very welcome change. It offers us a little bit more melodic and groovy side of the quintet as it begins with a first guitar lead of the album. The verse rolls on and hooks the listener with rhythmic groove that feels almost hypnotic. While the song is straightforward as well, it’s more moderate and calmer, like clarity amidst of chaos, which works as a perfect opportunity to catch a breather before Jars starts the beat-up once again.
Going towards the end, we get two more melodic songs which raises up to shine over the more death ones: Kings of the Nightworld and As Good as Dead, of which the latter is clearly the best one we get to hear this time. The second to last track begins with a fast and sharp guitar lead, which continues through an extremely groovy and well thought build-up that makes me hold my breath as we get to the first verse.
Overall, TBDM has succeeded in delivering us another mediocre album, with its moments to shine, but as a whole it doesn’t keep up the consistency and at worst it gives us The Lonely Deceased which is a mid-tempo triplet shred with barely anything interesting going on. Most of the songs are easy to pass as forgetful ones, making the album a difficult one to get into.
2. Of God and Serpent, Of Spectre and Snake
6. Kings Of The Nightworld
7. Catacomb Hecatomb
8. As Good As Dead
9. The Lonely Deceased
Brian Eschbach − Guitar, Vocals
Trevor Strnad − Vocals
Max Lavelle − Bass Guitar
Alan Cassidy – Drums
Brandon Ellis – Lead Guitar