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Album Review

Combining death metal with anything resembling melody kinda defeats the whole purpose, doesn't it? Guess no one ever bothered to tell the Black Dahlia Murder this heavy metal golden rule, as evidenced by their fourth studio release overall, 2009's Deflorate. But don't be misled: it's not like they're going to be confused anytime soon as power pop champions when it comes to melodic content — it's a tiny pinch of melody stirred into gallons of brutal extreme metal. The album signals the first appearance by new guitarist Ryan Knight, replacing John Kempainen, who played on all of the group's previous studio efforts. However, the slight lineup hiccup has not affected the ferocity of the Black Dahlia Murder's mighty metal attack, especially on such eardrum blasters as "Necropolis" and "Denounced, Disgraced." As with past Black Dahlia Murder releases, Trevor Strnad is one of the genre's most impressive vocalists, as he effortlessly alternates between screechy screams and guttural growls, without ever missing a beat. Some bands soften their approaches with experimentation as their discographies grow. Deflorate proves that the Black Dahlia Murder will not be listed in this category anytime soon.

Customer Reviews


To those who are considering purchasing this album, my suggestion is: DO IT.
This is one of their top albums, for sure.
The differences between Deflorate & Nocturnal:
1. The songs are faster, and have more of a real death metal feel to them, rather than the more melodic and deathcore-ish previous album.
2. The drumming. When you thought Shannon Lucas couldn't get any faster, you get blown away.
3. No title track, unlike all the previous albums!

The standout track on Deflorate is definitely "I Will Return." With its controvercial lyrics about cryogenic freezing, and the amazing guitar work on the intro & outro, this is definitely one of the best songs by BDM. Hopefully you find this useful when purchasing the album :D


BUY this album doesent matter if its from itunes or the actual album TBDM deserves it. listen to songs 1 through 10 there my favourite

Good, but...

It's a great album, but a little too short for my liking.


Formed: Detroit, MI

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Detroit's the Black Dahlia Murder, named for the infamous 1947 slaying of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia, actually sounds like they should live in Scandinavia, whence originates much of the frenetic brand of death and black metal that inspires them. Formed in January 2001, the Black Dahlia Murder followed their six-song What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse demo with the four-track A Cold-Blooded Epitaph EP, which was released on their own Lovelost Records. Having already made...
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