The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack
Release Date: June 11, 2013
The Black Dahlia Murder is unleashing its sixth studio album upon the masses. If you’re not too familiar with the band, or they aren’t in your regular spectrum of music listening, TBDM play a melodic death metal fused with the sounds of deathcore, metalcore, and surprisingly even more.
Over the years, they have gained massive popularity, especially with their albums Deflorate and Ritual, which I found to be quite enjoyable. Everblack, their latest effort, seeks to keep the momentum going by taking on a somewhat different approach with their sound and delivery but remaining true to their sound as much as possible.
Now, from what I can recall, I never really heard much of a black metal influence with TBDM’s music before (with all the music to keep up with, it gets a little insane). When they had released the first single from the album, “Into the Everblack”, many folks were referencing their earlier albums of their career like Nocturnal which I can somewhat agree with. “Into the Everblack” showcased a plethora of black metal influences rooted into the guitars and drums, combining with the ever familiar melodic goodness the band is known for.
Soon after that single was released, TBDM released another song, “Raped In Hatred By Vines Of Thorn”, which showed off the more melodic side of the band along with an even more destructive force behind it. This immediately became one of my favorite tracks as I listened to the album more often. TBDM have always created catchy yet hard-hitting choruses with many of their songs.
“Phantom Limb Masturbation” is another favorite, where the everything just bottoms out in sections of the song. It’s good to hear Trevor Strnad’s vocal work be at the top of it’s game in this track and throughout the entire album. Knowing this and how well he performs during shows, you can bet that hearing these tracks live would be nothing short of amazing.
Trevor isn’t the only one that catches attention either. Ryan Knight gets some spotlight with some well-played, although sometimes over the top, guitar solos spread throughout. I know that they are part of the trademark of the band and he has every reason to show off. I just have a feeling that they may not appeal to everyone as they saturate the record quite a bit. This also happened with Job For A Cowboy’s Demonocracy record, which turned me off of it immediately. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem to change my outlook of the record too much, possibly because they seem to fit in better.
“Blood Mine” is another powerhouse of a track, bringing in more of the lower ended vocals. Being over halfway through the album, TBDM still keep me enthralled with a good amount of enjoyable moments. I’m not saying the album is bad at all, as it contains a well-rounded consistency more so than other albums I’ve heard. I just feel that they could have continued the ideas of parts of tracks that really punch you in the face and keep you going at the same momentum.
One example being in another favorite track of mine, “Every Rope A Nose”. The sinister introduction is perfect to the build up and the amazing chorus. Well at least the first time through. As they enter into the second run, it seems like they wanted to try something different or the delivery just wasn’t there like it was before. I felt the latter half was definitely weaker and I just felt my interest dip slightly. The black metal inspired run before the solo brings back some attention, so not all is lost.
Everblack ends strongly with two of the longer songs of the album, “Their Beloved Absentee” and “Map of Scars” completing the album at around 45 minutes in length. This serves as the perfect listening time, in my opinion, for this album and also enough to satisfy the craving for new material from the band.
This album serves well in keeping the momentum going for the band’s career even with the many lineup changes that have plagued them. The sound remains the band’s own as well, with room to experiment with several elements. Bringing back some of the blackened influences introduces that taste of nostalgia as well as a refresher to the ears. Even though the album has many positives, I still feel that the album falls short of executing some excellent ideas that could make it a contender for the top at the end of the year. Either way, you’re bound to find something you like, whether you’re a new fan or old. Definitely check this release out.