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Album Review

The night can be a scary place sometimes, with myriad dangers masked by a shroud of darkness that requires us to simply take a deep breath and head into the unknown. Most of the time, what's actually out there is fairly mundane, and the things we fear are living inside of our minds, tricks dreamt up by our subconscious to scare us. It's these imagined parts of the darkness that Murder by Death call home, peeling back the shadows to show not what is actually lying in wait in the darkness, but what we secretly wish was there. On their sixth album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, Murder by Death continue in the tradition of their previous albums, delivering 13 ominous tracks of the band's brand of "whiskey devil music." While it's hard to deny the sinister nature of lyrics like "Lost River"'s opening salvo, "Hush now creature, don't you cry/I know a place where a body can hide," Bitter Drink feels more exuberant than the band's earlier work, upping the tempo and grandeur of the songs in a way that shines a little light on the band's darkness without snuffing it out completely. This rollicking clash between light and dark gives the album a kind of macabre tent-revival feeling. You can almost imagine a dilapidated tent appearing in a vacant lot overnight, its occupants inviting all who'll listen to enter and hear the tales they've picked up on the long and lonely road before disappearing without a trace the next day. This level of immersion alone makes Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon worth the time it takes to give it a listen, and the fact that the album is filled with killer songs to slam bourbon to is really just icing on the (probably arsenic-laced) cake.

Customer Reviews

Murder by Death in Top Form

As always, Murder by Death is entirely fantastic. Interesting new sounds throughout but very Murder by Deathy at the core.

Everyone be quiet!!! Murder By Death is on!

MBD does not disappoint on this dark but beautiful album. It's everything we've been waiting for. Sure you'll have your favorite tracks on the album but it's definitely worth an entire listen end to end.

Music from the Wild West.

Murder by Death are able to redefine themselves in a subtle, under the radar kind of way. They don't seek the attention as some of there peers may. This album is dark, haunting and has many layers. This album isn't a "rocking" album per say. More of a collection of songs that will be your companion on a log haul motorcycle ride or a long drive. Cheers to Murder by Death for another classic album.


Formed: 2001 in Bloomington, IN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Indiana-based Murder by Death first caught the attention of Thursday's Geoff Rickly while playing a gig together one night in their hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. Rickly promptly brought the band, then called Little Joe Gould, to the attention of his friend Alex Saavedra (Eyeball Records owner), and the group was signed immediately. The band comprised vocalist/guitarist Adam Turla, drummer Alex Schrodt, bassist Matt Armstrong, cellist Sarah Balliet, and pianist Vincent Edwards. They issued a 2001...
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