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Miasma

The Black Dahlia Murder Audio CD
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The often imitated yet never duplicated Detroit deathsters The Black Dahlia Murder have returned to the public eye to reclaim their rightful throne as leaders of all things extreme with their third blackened opus of thrashing melodic death metal, Nocturnal. "I don't think the pretenders will be able to match this one," proclaims vocalist Trevor Strnad of their scorching new ... Read more in Amazon's The Black Dahlia Murder Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relativity Entertainment
  • ASIN: 5558554924
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miasma 10 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is a must own! I bought it on the basis that i thought the artwork on the cover was amazing, and i love death metal, so i thought i'd have it, and i've never regretted it. The boys come back with their 2005 Metal Blade release, and there's nothing i can fault on this album. The vocals are brilliant,the integrity of his growl just blows you away, while you struggle to keep up with the insanely fast guitar and drum work. It isn't just heavy noise either, it's a well oiled unit that knows how to interlock speedy guitar work with fast drums and hard vocals,whilst making it sound almost catchy, songs such as the first single, A Vulgar Picture, make you wonder why death metal is such an underground part of metal!
The album combines elements of Unearth type guitars, whilst making them their own, the result of this collection of songs,is a whitish, wet stain around the crotch of your trousers!
AMAZING!Highlights of the album,I'm Charming,Flies,A Vulgar Picture, and Dave Goes To Hollywood!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brutal and clever deathcore metal 11 April 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
this is the follow up to the excellent unhallowed opus and its business as usual for the deathcore bruisers,the black dahlia murder aint strictly death metal,in some ways they are more a mixture of death and metalcore,the lyrical content is again blood and core but they somehow sound unique and are interesting,this is a solid album filled with venom and rage,it wont suit fans of metalcore as such and certainly for lovers of deicide and morbid angel either,its the combination which makes the black dahlia murder so brilliant ,give them a go and you wont be sorry
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0 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The people that have purchased this album needs there heads testing. It's pathetic. Seriously you cannot call this music. This is music played at times 5 the normal speed. I am a metal, thrash (in particular) and Goth lover. Save your money and buy 'HIM' or Exodus, Killswitch engage, Kittie.......anything but NOT 'The Black Dahlia Murder'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Metal 6 Aug 2005
By Knowledgeable DemiGod - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Authors of two negative reviews for this CD demonstrate their worth in musical judgement in different reviews; one says that his favorite band is Norma Jean, the other gives From Autumn To Ashes' "Too Bad You're Beautiful" a five star review.

"Miasma" is a five star epic. It destroys the cliched metalcore laden with breakdown after breakdown (see: Norma Jean) and the wussy/emo infused hardcore that kids cry to (see: FATA), and does exactly what it is supposed to: brutalizes the listener for ten straight songs. The Black Dahlia Murder have displayed a unique approach to Swedish metal by giving it a noticeably American edge, and "Miasma" is the perfect follow up to "Unhallowed" that will be appreciated by any listener who hoped this band would grow (and really, how can you beat the fast and beautiful Egyptian-style solos throughout?). The disappointed few need to get over it: the CD isn't another "Unhallowed".

If you are looking for hardcore, or if you are looking for something tame - "Miasma" should not be your choice. But if you like to thrash and to feel aurally defiled from the sheer intensity of a metal record...then this is the metal record for you.

Buy it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crushing everything its path 12 July 2005
By Concatenation - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Black Dahlia Murder have successfully taken what they started with their fantastic debut "Unhallowed" and evolved it into a modern extreme music masterpiece with "Miasma".

There are a couple important things to consider in regards to "Miasma". First of all, its faster, heavier, more brutal and more complex than "Unhallowed". Where as before, TBDM have always sort of straddled the line between hardcore influence with some touches of Carcass and At The Gates worship (that is not a putdown). With this record, they have taken a step to the side and leaned more into the death metal and grindcore side of things. At points during their completely battering and relentless assault upon your senses they seem to be channeling vintage Cannibal Corpse and Cryptopsy. Besides the evolved songwriting, a large part of this is new drummer Zach Gibson, who more than fills the shoes of original drummer Cory Grady.

With increased complexity, will come detractors. As music becomes more complex, it takes more patience to fully understand and absorb. I think some may initially be somewhat let down, as is inevitably the case when a band releases a sophomore album after an amazing debut. I think however, for those who enjoy bands pushing extremes, "Miasma" is a very rewarding... and exhausting... experience. Some will even feel "Miasma" surpasses "Unhallowed".

Like Unhallowed, the record starts off with a great intro track that feeds into the real opener "I'm Charming", and from that explosion on, its clear that TBDM have upped the ante of brutality. The next few excellent tracks, "Flies", "Statutory Ape, and the albums first single "A Vulgar Picture" continue to decimate your senses with breakdowns, blast beats, solos and mind bending melodies swirling through the chaos.

I'm happy to say that Trevor Strnad's madman high screams and death growl trade offs are back in full force, which only tickles my nostalgia senses and reminds me of the glory years of Steer and Walker and Carcass. As a long time fan of extreme music, The Black Dahlia Murder, with their 2 fantastic releases, have moved into the realm of the greats of extreme music for me. They have a place among Carcass, Death, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Cryptopsy, Suffocation.

The Black Dahlia murder now move into my favorite release of 2005 category (at least until new Opeth)

And finally, as with all metal, PLAY IT LOUD!!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...that damn "bang your head against the wall" crap 13 July 2005
By Intothedeadsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These guys have definitely grown in leaps and bounds since UNHALLOWED...the guitar playing is nothing short of perfection, and their harmonies are so tight that they would be hell for any other band to pull off live, but for these guys it definitely won't be a problem. the only letdown for me on this album are the solos... on UNHALLOWED, there were only a couple, but they hinted at greatness to come on future releases, but the solos here are no more complex than the ones on the last album, there are just more of them. I was hoping for serious shred, and they do deliver to a certain extent, but not full on. everything else about this band has only gotten better with time. If you haven't seen these guys live, they will blow your mind. I didn't think it was physically possible to switch back and forth between Trevor's growl and scream...i figured they would have one of the guitarists do the highs live, but apparently it is possible, because he does it with ease...and the new drummer is a friggin madman, to say the least.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm about to make something clear... 18 Jan 2006
By Haven - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This band is a DEATH METAL BAND. Tell me, somewhere, anybody, tell me... Where do you hear hardcore in this music? Or metalcore even? I think there are 2 breakdowns on this entire cd which trust me, breakdowns came from metal, not hardcore. And there is NO SINGING on this, so dude downstairs that said he hated the singing on this cd probably has never heard this cd, because they wouldn't even try to be death metal if they sang, there is not 1 unscreamed or ungrowled voice on this cd, no clean vocals at all. Ok, they have a gothenberg feel to -SOME- riffs on this album, as do millions of other "metalcore" bands, but on which of those albums are they played STRICTLY to blast beats? I always hear 1 riff, and another with the same guitar part but with slower drums, thus creating a breakdown, which is NOT done, NOT ONCE on this album. After a blastbeat, the song only continues to play faster... Okay, the gothenberg riffs come from their influence of At The Gates, but it's but over a death metal complex, along with the lyrics... And dude downstairs said they said they are "A hardcore infuenced death metal band"? Well, uh... I see on another page I'm looking at right now says that their influences are: "Carcass, At The Gates, Dissection, Morbid Angel, Death, Suffocation, The Haunted, In Flames, Dimension Zero, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Megadeth." ohhh... sorry emo kids, no hardcore :-( Oh, and I found a quote of this band that says something about hardcore, and here it is: "We catered to a hardcore audience because we're young and had short hair. The bands we toured with in the beginning was out of our hands at the time. Now I'm happy that we get to tour with some real bands. Just recently we toured with behemoth." And here's another: "Metalcore is a dirty word, most of the bands playing that style are creating crimes against humanity and none of us respect them. You can listen to our album, and make a clear distinction between our music and "metalcore", it's death metal."

Yeah... ah..... Don't you just love metal? Because these guys certainly do, real metal that is...
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn them *hits up 13 July 2005
By J. Marsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This has got to be one of the craziest pieces of plastics ever to grace my hands. BDM is the sickest band EVER. This disc kicks your arse then piledrives you into submission. Every song demands that you to beat your head off the wall. If you don't plan on buying this disc, then let vultures peck your eyes out. Definetly disturbing and disgusting.
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