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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Dahlia Murder's finest work to date., 12 Oct 2009
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I. Brown "ibo" (Glasgow) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Deflorate (Audio CD)
This is the album The Black Dahlia Murder have been building to. Everything is refined. The riffs are spectacular, the drum parts astounding, the singing is varied, layered and evil...oh my is it evil! Plus the addition of Ryan Knight on lead guitar has opened the door for much more melodic and memorable solos than any of their previous works and cements this as their best album to date. If you didn't like the earlier albums by The Black Dahlia Murder then leave this blackened casket unopened. But if their previous albums were enough to whet your appetite then step on in my black brethren.

The album opens with "Black Valor", it's as fast and as black as you might expect and it lets you know what this album intends to deliver...a whirlwind of blast beats, lighting fast riffs and blackened lyrics. Early highlight, "Necropolis", has a mid-paced verse with some ingenious china cymbal placement and less emphasis on double kick speed. "Selection Unnatural" is stupidly technical and by the time you reach the penultimate track "That Which Erodes the Most Tender of Things" you'll think surely they can't raise the bar any higher...then they do... "I Will Return"; one of the greatest metal songs ever written and a song which features the best black metal riff Emperor never wrote.

As Trevor Stroud (BDM Singer) said himself "we're "more accomplished" players and songwriters. We're just trying to stay within our sound, but always push it to the limits." That's what "Deflorate" is...the most accomplished Black Dahlia Murder album to date. If you weren't interested before, you won't be now. But if you loved what they've delivered up to this point, stop reading now and buy this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars With DVD, 5 Feb 2012
This review is from: Deflorate (Audio CD)
Not specified above, but very nice to know, this item also comes with a DVD, which has over 40 mins of additional content, "We're Going Places" documentary of the black dahlia murder tour scandinavia and russia for the first time plus in stereo footage!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Gem, 21 July 2011
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Sam Stubbs-Benbow (UK) - See all my reviews
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1. Black Valor - 10/10 - Ridiculously fast and heavy.
2. Necropolis - 10/10 - So catchy, one of my favourite BDM tracks.
3. A Selection Unnatural - 10/10 - One of their fastest offerings, absolutely manic track.
4. Denounced, Disgraced - 8/10 - Solid BDM track which shows that they're not just fast, but calculated too.
5. Christ Deformed - 8/10 - Slows the pace slightly, in a good way, brutal track.
6. Death Panorama - 9/10 - Whacks the pace right up again, the signature BDM short track, pulsating and pounding along.
7. Throne of Lunacy - 7/10 - Less melodic, more chaotic, not the strongest offering on the album, but still brutal.
8. Eyes of Thousand - 9/10 - The dark horse of the album is fast and frenetic.
9. That Which Erodes the Most Tender of Things - 8/10 - Another solid track which demonstrates the variety of BDM.
10. I Will Return - 10/10 - Epic track that really takes you on a journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well... it's the Black Dahlia Murder, 17 Jun 2010
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This review is from: Deflorate (Audio CD)
IN some ways this is the weakest effort of BDM, and it still has the potential to be one of the best death metal albums of the year! The loss of their lead guitarist has had some effect on the sound, the riffs and songs sound similar, albeit the solos do use different scales (just listen to Black Valor for an example of this). In the end, is this album as good as Nocturnal or Debut? Hardly... it is still so good, however, that anything less than 5 stars would not do it justice!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 Stars!, 4 Nov 2009
This review is from: Deflorate (Audio CD)
This is a good album. Initially, however, it is very samey until you start to get into it, at which point it stops being a generic melodic death metal album and becomes an anthemic, catchy, brilliant Black Dahlia album. Granted I don't think it is as good as 'Nocturnal' but it's definately close. The new BDM offering is perhaps slightly less melodic than previous albums and favours more black/death metal styling, but the trademark tone of BDM is definately still there. Trevor's lyrical content is as unhinged, deranged and brutal as it is brilliant, whilst his range and delivery are fantastic.
One of the best things about this boxset is the DVD, which, I didn't expect a lot out of, maybe a few videos and live performances. Actually, it is hilarious chronicling the backstage exploits of one of Metal's great party bands.
Stand out tracks on this album are definately 'I Will Return', 'That which erodes even the most tender of things', 'Eyes of Thousand', 'Black Valor' and 'Necropolis', although the rest of it is very listenable.
I'd buy this, even if it were solely for the DVD, it's that funny! That said, the music is worthy of the attention of most metal fans. Buy it, listen to it 3 times and you'll love it but don't expect to fall in love with it instantly, just give it a chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars class, 18 Oct 2009
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a album you must listen to a few times but once you get into it its killer
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4.0 out of 5 stars not as heavy as Nocturnal but still very good playing, 17 Sep 2009
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I have listened to the album a few times now and it is quite addictive but there are no real special hilights, Black Valor is a good song on the album and there are more guitar solos in general, but i feel that the riffs have changed a fair bit since they got a new guitarist after one of them left (who did do the previous 3 albums), give it a shot but don't be dissapointed if it doesn't blow ur mind
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