Anyone who knows me knows there are very few things in music I love writing about more than some hometown boys tearing shit up. Well thanks to the Michigan quintet of madness known as The Black Dahlia Murder and their new sick album Nightbringers, I’m about to indulge my ass off in one of my favorite past times.
After seven hard hitting albums, you’d probably start wondering…”can they bring it just as intense for their eighth outing?” And the answer is a resounding FUCK….YES! 16 years later and TBDM is killing it like it’s nothing. So enough warm – up let’s bust right into this baby, you ready?
The explosive opener “Widowmaker” is exactly what you want when a Dahlia album fires up – slick, charismatic, vicious, and leaves you starving for more. Right off the bat you’re hit with those ferocious vocals Trevor Strnad brings like no other, and the solo in the breakdown? Oh so delectable, as it sends this furious tune toward its end. And the brutality continues in the solo of “Of God and Serpent, Of Spectre and Snake”.
The album’s third track “Matriach” is almost ironically named, as the level of testosterone ripping through the track from start to finish is about as masculine as one can get. The guitars are crisp, yet still have that heavy crunch, the drums are machine-like in intensity and it all comes together ready to fuel monstrous pits. “Nightbringers,” the album’s title track, brings the pain as well. The song itself is especially well crafted, clocking in at 3:36 while still creating a huge sonic landscape in such a short time frame. “Jars” is exemplary all around but one of my favorite things about it is the creepy bassline thumping throughout the track, particularly prominent in the breakdowns and leading up to the solos. “Kings of the Nightworld,” believe it or not, takes things up a notch even higher, with slicing high vocals and demon growl lows, all while maintaining undeniable groove. The riffs and drums blend around it perfectly to move between vocal highlights and showing off on their own accord. “As Good As Dead” throws it down right out of the gate – this is the kinda ballsy track you don’t know if you should mosh to or break out in an O-K Corral style shoot out. To say it gets the blood pumping is pretty much an understatement and then some.
When you hear a name like The Black Dahlia Murder is releasing a new album, expectations build up in spades. It’s just a fact. The true test of a band’s mettle is once they’ve made such a name for themselves, is can they continue to deliver on the hype? Here is one such case of a band DELIVERING THE HYPE, and a little bit extra. While I can’t think of a TBDM album I don’t fuck with, I’d have to say this is probably the most lit since Miasma. From start to finish the album is just solid gold. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: 2017 is a year of a shit ton of amazing metal albums and The Black Dahlia Murder just added another 10 reasons why that is true. Grab your copy of Nightbringers on October 6th!
2.Of God and Serpent, Of Spectre and Snake
6.Kings of the Nightworld
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
5 outta 5 axes
Written by Ken Kaizer for Bloodrock Media on September 28, 2017