Monday, February 2, 2009

The Black Dahlia Murder - Miasma

The Black Dahlia Murder
Metal Blade

Miasma is the record that made The Black Dahlia Murder great. As popular as Unhallowed was upon its release, it simply reeked of Slaughter of the Soul. This record is when the bands stopped immitating everyone in Sweden and forged their own, unique identity. All of Miasma kicks ass, but the first five songs, including the mighty "Statutory Ape" are some of the best metal ever written. The Black Dahlia Murder are unique because the honestly and truly Americanized Swedish Death Metal.

Miasma was recorded while the band was still playing musical chairs (ha) with the rhythm section. This means that the totally-rad Bart Williams didn't play on this album. He joined the bands shortly after its release, dammit.

Yes, the Black Dahlia Murder sound is rooted in Swedish Death Metal but they do more with it than just regrugitate At The Gates riffs. They keep their sound firmly metal and are expanding it accordingly with the normal development of a band. This is evident in the large number of metalcore kids at their shows waiting for a breakdown that will never come. Highly recommended.

The Black Dahlia Murder - Miasma


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