This band is just simply awesome. The Black Dahlia Murder are without question one of the finest melodic death metal bands out here in the United States today. “Nocturnal” is without question their most brutal, evil, gory, and their best album thus far, and it’s also one of the best death metal albums of 2007 as well. I enjoyed BDM’s previous effort from 2005 “Miasma” alot too, but this album blows that one right out of the water. One of the best things about “Nocturnal” is that also possesses more black metal influences than on “Miamsa”. The lyrics on here are very evil and gory, and the musicianship is absolutely top-notch. Trevor Strnad’s vocals are just excellent on here. He can alternate from beastly, gutteral, inhuman death growls and bellows and evil nightmarish high pitched black metal-esque shrieks that will summon up the devil in you. John Kempainen and Brian Eschbach are both excellent guitarists and they make quite the duo. The riffs are just blistering and bone crunching, and the leads and solos by John (who plays lead guitar BTW) are very technical, ripping, and nicely clean and restrained. Shannon Lucas’s drumming is just manaical, slamming, and pummeling throughout with exploding, splattering, perfectly executed blastbeats and wicked double bass slamming. Every song on this album is just great, I love every single song on here. The first track “Everything Went Black” is a great opening track that will immediately get your blood pumping with it’s fiery, thrashing riffs, blasting drumwork and demonic vocals. The guitar solo around the 1:44 mark is awesome as well. The second track “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse” is another favorite on here that is highlighted by heavy, booming, thundering riffs that will just crush your bones into dust along with more fast pummeling drum blasts. The title track “Nocturnal” is my personal favorite on here that features pounding, splattering drum blasts and wicked double bass slamming, careening leads, a catchy growl/scream chorus, and a great headbanging solo. Other favorites include “I Worship Only What You Bleed”, “Deathmask Divine”, “Of Darkness Spawned” (which is highlighted by more fast, pounding double bass drumwork, beastly growls, wild thrashing riffs, a fast, melodic careening solo, and an awesome mosh pit shout/scream part of “The time to rise is upon us”), “Cimatic Degredation” (higlighted by more fast, shredding riffs, another great ripping solo and more murderous double bass onslaughts) and “To a Breathless Oblivion” (which features two great guitar solos along with more slamming double bass drum onslaughts, and evil demonic growls and shrieks, and there’s even some nice accoustic strings near the end). Please read on for the song ratings.
Jeremy’s song ratings:
1. Everything Went Black (3:17) – 5/5
2. What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse (3:50) – 5/5
3. Virally Yours (3:02) – 5/5
4. I Worship Only What You Bleed (1:59) – 5/5
5. Nocturnal (3:12) – 5/5
6. Deathmask Divine (3:37) – 5/5
7. Of Darkness Spawned (3:22) – 5/5
8. Climatic Degradation (2:39) – 5/5
9. To a Breathless Oblivion (4:57) – 5/5
10. Warborn (4:40) – 5/5
Overall Verdict: This album is an absolute must-have for any Black Dahlia Murder fan, and that also goes to anyone who’s into some great death metal, melodic death metal, extreme metal, and yes even some black metal fans will enjoy this as well. So do yoursef a favor, go out and buy this album ASAP!! ALL HAIL BDM!!