Release date Sept 18 2015
on Metal Blade Records
An album review from Reckless Ron
Stalking like a crazed serial killer "Abysmal" attacks the senses with bombastic fever on the opening track "Receipt", with rapid fire riff-age and raw guttural rhythm. Full of technical harmonic tapestries that bounce this blackened beauty back and forth in yer brain as excessive headbanging entails; to be released as an official music video on album release date! \m/. . "Vlad, Son Of The Dragon" segues nicely from the first track with a rich melody that gushes black metal growls and a sweet thrashy grove to it. A warhorse track that has a an epic relentless gallop with stinging twin guitar attacks accenting Trevor Stnards' vocal dexterity.
One of my favorite songs is the title track "Abysmal" fast paced death metal with bursts of neo clasical lead runs, crushing rhythmic time/tempo changes and boatloads of raw anger. Never sounding monotonous but offering their full bag of tricks on this release, "ReFaced" exemplifies how Black Dahlia Murder has grown, with dynamic songwriting/production pulling out all the stops, bringing their talent to the front and never standing down.
"Threat Level No.3" thrashes outta the blue like a nuclear flash full of sonic speed, they'll make your ears bleed. Alan Cassidys' demonic drumming with Max Lavelles' heavy bass laden rhythm drive a deep pocket that amazes. Ryan Night and Brian Eschbach trade riffs like ace pilots welding as one, venturing into Armageddon.
Wandering through "The Fog" has a perfect melodic blackened Swedish death metal sound with a Goat whorish grin. Full of punch, with a cool melody and groove that changes throughout. Trevor bringsall on vox, while a hypnotic guitar weave guides the way. "Stygiphobic" is a short thing referring to a fear of hell. Mammoth walls of mid tempo
metal madness that tend to tease and ask the question where is the rest of the song??
"Asylum" is a mosh pit masterpiece, quick lipped and a swinging, with sweeping heavy metal tank thunder! If ya wanna test out the trunk subs in yer auto...This is the one ;} But you'll probably keep the volume up for the ninth track "The Advent" which proves to punish your speakers with equal justice. Deep rich bass and drum rhythm back Trevors' demonic decibels driving shotgun with the incredible twin guitar runs.
"That Cannot Die Which Is Eternally Dead" has an eerie waltz opening that quickly turns into a psychotic metal cyclone. The production is talented and well developed by far all killer and no filler to be found here. The depth and talent on this disc runs start to finish!
TBDM has evolved into an all encompassing metal sound that refuses to be pigeon-holed with labels/genres, but rather let the music take on an extreme direction of its own.
Heavy metal is not on everyone's palette but those who have a taste for it, "Abysmal" will satisfy your appetite.
I predict 4 outta 5 headbangers will break their neck with this one!
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