The Black Dahlia Murder – Abysmal


THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER are at it again with Abysmal, their seventh studio album, out now on Metal Blade Records. With this release the band sticks to what they know and puts out another quality death metal record proving the the world they five dudes from the states can hang with the old school death metal legends while still staying relevant and fresh enough to draw in new fans with each new record they release.

For Abysmal, they stuck to their roots and created ten tracks of intense, in your face death metal with a hint of the old school thrown in to make sure you get your money’s worth. And yet they still manage to throw in a slower, less intense track “Stygiophobic” to give the fans ears a small rest before returning to the fast-paced lead driven death metal that they are known for. Lead guitarist Ryan Knight proves to the masses why vocalist Trevor Strnad and the rest of the band have kept him on board since 2009. The solos on this album are insane, face-melting masterpieces that really showcase his talents.

Clocking in at 37 minutes for the standard release and 42 minutes for the limited edition release (with 3 additional bonus tracks), Abysmal does fare a bit on the short side but what it lacks in time it makes up for in content. Opening track “Receipt” blasts its way through the record offering up intense drumming compliments of Alan Cassidy who joined the band shortly after their 2011 release Ritual. “Vlad, Son of the Dragon” offers a fast paced assault on the eardrums as Trevor Strnad does what he does best and delivers excellent gutteral growls with the help of guitarist and back-up vocalist Brian Eschbach. “Abysmal” offers more of what people have grown to love about the band, intense solos, insane drumming and a straight to the point song.

With no track on the standard or deluxe edition of the album clocking in at over five minutes fans can expect a very straight to the point approach on this record. The lead work is ever present, the drumming is beyond phenomenal and the lyrics are insane. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER have spent the past 12 years with Brian Slagel and Metal Blade, and releases like this show exactly why. This is a band that does not deviate far from the path they’ve laid down on past records. Abysmal is available now.

STANDOUT TRACKS: “Receipt”, “Vlad, Son of the Dragon”, “Threat Level No. 3”, “Stygiophobic”

RATING: 8/10


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