The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers
It always feels like it's been so long since the last album by The Black Dahlia Murder was released, but it's purely because nobody can ever get enough from the Michigan-based death metal legends. There's a reason they have the legacy that they do in this scene, and if you've been paying attention to their last seven records, you know exactly what those reasons are. The Black Dahlia Murder have always been one of the hardest hitting, inspirational, and straight up brutal bands in the death metal ring, and with the release of their new album "Nightbringers" on October 6th, the band continue to deliver on their crushing delivery.
"Widowmaker" is the first epic track to greet you when you hit play, and it pretty instantly jumps right into the action as the instruments kick in and vocalist Trevor Strnad's notorious scream is belted out. The band's iconic blend of melody and metal intertwines perfectly as you've got beautifully written solos over devastating rhythms. But don't take my word for it: check out songs like "Kings of the Nightworld," "As Good As Dead," and the title track "Nightbringers" as prime examples of just how TBDM manage to mix sophisticated guitar work with straight up pounding devastation. As cliche as it is to say, many bands have tried to accomplish this type of sound and nobody has yet been able to replicate what The Black Dahlia Murder manage to capture on each of their records, and "Nightbringers" is further proof of just that. Guitarists Brandon Ellis and Brian Eschbach, bassist Max Lavelle and drummer Alan Cassidy brought together their expertise in their crafts to manufacture one of this years best melodic death metal records of the year, as songs like "The Lonely Deceased" and "Matriarch" will get your headbanging and horn-raising all throughout. Throw in Strnad's sick, unique vocal style and it's not hard to see just how good this record is. If you're a fan of high speed, in your face, relentless death metal, "Nightbringers" is definitely going to be a record you're going to want to check out. There's pretty much no letting up on this record, just like all of TBDM's past releases: this will keep slamming your ear drums the entire duration of the album. The Black Dahlia Murder have put together yet another epic and massive album to add to their discography, and now there's only one thing left to do with it: hear this beast live!!