The Black Dahlia Murder – Abysmal (2015)


Arriving just in time to close the summer, The Black Dahlia Murder deliver their most recent outburst of brutality titled “Abysmal”. Featuring ten tracks of acrobatic Melodic Death Metal, the band finally sheds all remaining elements of their Deathcore days and delivers one of the most destructive and yet melodic releases of 2015. The Carcass worship is clearly present alongside the band’s own devastating sound.

Opening with the dramatic “Receipt”, the band blasts away at listeners with their relentless drumming and crushing riffs in a demolishing fashion. And immediate standout in this release is the track “Abysmal” that reminds us of a mixture of Thulcandra/Dissection and Carcass with it harsh vocals, melodic guitars, and very oppressive atmosphere. The band’s founding members Trevor Strnad and Brian Eschbach have come a long way over the years and this release is testament of their musical evolution.

The execution of tracks like “Threat Level No. 3” reminds us of bands like Obscura and Spawn of Possession, but TBD keeps their focus on brutality and melody, instead of flashy musicianship. One of our personal favorite pieces is the Death-esque “The Fog” and its perfectly delivered guitar leads and head banging tempo. Pummeling through songs like “Asylum” and “The Advent”, the band keeps the listener entertained with their monstrous drumming and throbbing bass guitar line, courtesy of Alan Cassidy and Max Lavelle respectively.

The circle-pit inducing “That Cannot Die Which Eternally is Dead” provides a very solid closer for such a relentless and brutal release. The Black Dahlia Murder is not fucking around with “Abysmal” as each song in this album is perfectly crafted to deliver sheer brutality. If you like the band’s most recent releases and worship bands like Carcass, Obscura, Spawn of Possession, do not miss this impressive release.

Band: The Black Dahlia Murder Album: Abysmal

Label: Metal Blade Records

Release: September 18th, 2015

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Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Country: USA

Rating: 93/100

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