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Hardcore proponents of black metal may argue that since the Black Dahlia Murder are injecting their fourth studio album with hints of melody, the Waterford, Michigan quintet’s music can no longer be called black metal. But subgenre nitpicking aside, the subtle melodies heard on Deflorate don’t turn the songs into the kinds of tunes you can hum to yourself. From the opening assault of “Black Valor” it’s hard to believe that this band hails from Michigan and not Bergen, Norway especially since Trevor Strnad’s shrill, larynx-shredding shrieks sometimes resemble those of Gaahl from Gorgoroth. Named after a mythological city of the dead, “Necropolis” is easily the most evil sounding number here. “A Selection Unnatural” is another standout with pummeling riffs, lightning leads and rapid-fire drum beats from new guitarist Ryan Knight that fly like a hail of bullets. Unlike most recorded drumming in this genre, the drums on Deflorate sound less mechanical and more like an actual drum kit, giving the album an overall classic sound and a live feel.

Customer Reviews

black dahlia is not metalcore

imagine getting punched in the face until you died, thats what this sounds like but with more badasser guitar solos. buy it


WOW...I knew this album would be better than Nocturnal but they really went beyond my expectations with Deflorate. Trevors vocals have changed on every album from Unhallowed to this one and every time they get a little bit better and they sound awesome now. Johns absence on the guitar was not missed since their new guitarist picked up right where he left off and Ryan does a phenomenal job at it. And of course Shannon absolutely tears up the drums as he's always done before. Any death metal fan and every BDM fan will love this album so stop what you are doing and get it right now!

That's really a great album

I think that this CD has been of most waited of this year, and undoubtedly one of the best


Formed: Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

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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