The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual review




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Band: The Black Dahlia Murder
Album: Ritual
Release date: June 2011


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


Deathcore Hybrid metalcore + melodic death metal - now there's a title that has a really negative stigma surrounding it amongst a large portion of the more discerning metal crowd. Now, normally, I'm against discarding an entire genre, but rather take my sweet time shitting on bands individually. However, considering The Black Dahlia Murder's strangle-hold on being probably the most popular band in the genre, I'm beginning to understand why people are afraid to approach deathcore metalcore + melodic death metal hybrids.

To be fair, these guys appear to be achieving exactly what they are setting out to do; create quasi-extreme music for people who don't normally enjoy extreme music. Admittedly, the first few leads shown in Ritual are actually pretty nifty. Much like eating mini-donuts, the first few are pretty damn good, shortly followed by the realization that you should find other means for sustenance. It seems almost like a compilation of half-assed aspects that are done better by other bands. The blistering extreme thrash moments make me want to listen to Skeletonwitch, the melodic leads make me want to listen to perhaps Arsis, and the "evil" sounding bits make me want to listen to Hannah Montana.

Terrible? Nah. To call Ritual a terrible album would be to say it left some kind of impression. Unremarkable. I like that word; feels comfortable using it on this album. Go eat an entire loaf of white bread with nothing on it, then you'll have an idea of what listening to this album is like. Yeah...it's not a shitty experience, just a pointless one.


 



Written on 14.07.2011 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.


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04.07.2012 - 19:59
metalistmental
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Ah right I see...I suppose it's a pretty interesting job, and it's not really affecting anybody. It's just another opinion. I suppose the band want to see if a majority of people like it so it's cool enough to release...
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05.07.2012 - 03:21
Doc Godin
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Written by Guest on 04.07.2012 at 19:59

Ah right I see...I suppose it's a pretty interesting job, and it's not really affecting anybody. It's just another opinion. I suppose the band want to see if a majority of people like it so it's cool enough to release...

That and it's promo either way. Most bigger labels (like MetalBlade) aren't too concerned with the opinion, but rather that there is publicity. When you really think about it, not many people are going to buy it/not buy it based on my review, but regardless it acts as a way of reminding people the band has a new album out.

Underground labels are a bit different, their sales/promotion is based entirely on word of mouth.
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26.08.2012 - 17:27
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Moonlight Equilibrium is alright, other than that this album bored me to death
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16.02.2013 - 13:03
RationalGaze713
This review sucks...the whole first paragraph about genre definition is just an embarrassment to metalheads everywhere. tBDM don't make metal for people who don't like metal and it seems the reviewer just made this point up without any explanation which just further shows the bias in the review.

I really don't care who likes or dislikes this album/band but this review just really sucks.
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