This is a very well executed album. Extremely technical, groovy at times, melodic when it was called for, and just plain fun to listen to. It reminds me a bit of Necrophagist, and Human Abstract, and that isn’t a bad thing at all. The Black Dhalia Murderer isn’t going to go quietly into the night, and they’ll take you with them, screaming the whole way down to hell.
Limited CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD containg 40 minutes of excluisve content. 2009 release from Michigan’s oddball sons of molten melodic Death Metal. Classical-come-apocalyptic; violently energetic yet melodiously beautiful, Deflorate sees the songwriting of band leader and rhythm guitarist Brian Eschbach at its most developed and refined, exponentially complimented by contributions from both bass savant Bart Williams and newcomer guitarist/shred lord Ryan Knight (ex – Arsis), whose leads are destined to dazzle fans and take the band’s punishing potency to dramatic new heights. Combined with the intense performances of uniquely charismatic howler/growler Trevor Strnad and rising extreme drumming star Shannon Lucas, the cannon of talent possessed by The Black Dahlia Murder is more stacked to destroy than ever! Recorded at the famed Audio Hammer Studios by production wizard Jason Suecof and engineering talent Mark Lewis, Deflorate is multifaceted death trip: beautiful, evil, and morbidly addicting.
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This is a great album for what it is. The instrumentation is brilliant. The songs as a whole are enjoyable when the mood strikes, however there is just one problem. It’s a pretty big one…there is nothing remotley original about this album.
Deflorate sounds so metalically generic that it is painfull to listen to as it feels like I’ve already heard this all before, and a hundred different times at that.
Come on boys….
I didn’t really know what to think when I purchased Deflorate and be quite honest I was a little nervous. Whenever bands get a new guitarist the band usually changes its sound completely and it’s never the same. So, is not the case with Deflorate. Ryan Knight (from Arsis) is a welcomed addition to the band in every way possible. He really stepped up the solo’s in precession and technicality all while not taking away from the reoccurring theme of John’s solo’s Ryan really bridged the gap to still make the music flow. The new songs might take a little getting used to but all in all the music is still brutal and amazing. Trevor has also reached a new high on this album as his screaming and guttural grows get better as does his lyrics and his timing. Shannon’s drumming however is not what I would thought it would be it terms of complexity but it still gets the job done. I would say that overall this album is not lacking it’s still fast paced and a good addition to their catalogue of music. This CD isn’t Nocturnal nor should it be but it definitely stands on it’s own and will be welcomed addition to your music collection. Pick this album and you won’t be disappointed.
I started listening to TBDM with Unhallowed, and have been a huge fan since. Nocturnal is probably my favorite album
from the last three years, so this cd had an unreasonably high bar set to reach for me. The cd stands fine on it’s on merits, and if you like TBDM you already know what you’re getting here. The new lead player’s solo’s are kind of hit and miss for me. The real problem is the album just has no identity to me. One listen to Nocturnal, and you knew which songs were your favorites. There are few less stand out songs on this album. The album also comes with a DVD showing the band travel to a few places outside the states on tour. It’s fun to watch them goof off, and at the menu you can also select drums. Drums shows you the main parts of about 4 songs on the album with the drummer alone. It’s
a great thing for drum players, and you’ll have a newfound respect for a guy who has to keep that pace for more than
an hour on a regular basis. If you like TBDM, you’ll like Deflorate. It’s not the masterpiece Nocturnal was, but it is still the best metal album you’re going to get this year. 4/5
The album begins with great haste and the style you’ve grown to love about the Black Dahlia Murder; the first track, “Black Valor” is a familiar track but nonetheless brutal. We then proceed to the single, “Necropolis” which has a catchy, repetitive melody that builds up with the song and thrown in is a nifty solo from the new guitarist, Ryan Knight. This track absolutely has that ‘party vibe’ to it we know the band has, but never loses the death-edge they also maintain. Trevor’s vocals are definitely a highlight to the album, while you would think of him as an addition to the instruments, Trevor holds his own on this album, and you hear it. The shrieking sounds the same as the last two albums, however, it is his monstrous bellow thats taken “fine-tuning”. You can actually make out damn near every word he roars out; he’s enunciated his vocals and it absolutely works. The album never slows, and keeps a steady rhythm, but you can tell the songs apart giving each track it’s own identity(and easy to pick out your favorites)-destroying any notion of a “one-track album”-something they’ve receieved criticism for but means nothing to us(the fans)..
You will hear all the Carcass/At The Gates influences; all the thrashy, melodic black hardcore metal throughout the 10 tracks. “Chirst Deformed”, an incredible song, has a breakdown midway through the song with Trevor belting out a punk-ish, hardcore chant that’ll make you want to pump your fist; a killer song if i may say so. The last track, “I Will Return”, begins with a solo reminiscent to Lamb of God then explodes into a speed metal warzone with a damn catchy melody to it, Trevor then breaks into the blast-beat backed chorus; probably my favorite BDM track, ever..
Every aspect of the album is top notch, the band, vocals and production. The record,again, has only ten tracks(as with their other albums)-clocking in a little over a half hour, but as we say with a few other things in life, “quality not quantity”. While ‘Deflorate’ doesn’t break any new ground(for the genre anyways), it’s definitely a step in the right direction for the band and will help acknowledge them as one of America’s better metal acts. Definite buy. **4.5 stars outta 5**