The Black Dahlia Murder - Nocturnal (Metal Blade Records) - Back
At times it’s hard to believe that The Black Dahlia Murder is an American made band. So much of what makes up the band screams Scandinavia that their home of Detroit, Michigan seems far fetched. But low and behold these metallers make their home in the states and have their fans head spinning like their European metal brethren.

The band has a perfect blend of heaviness, speed, melody, and intensity on their new album “Nocturnal.” With potent melodic riffs, dueling guitars, pummeling drums, and vomitous, shrieking screams with evil growls, this band seems to continue greatness and avoid any type of downswing. Their force and passion are something for up and coming bands to admire.

Extreme metal never had it so good. The Black Dahlia Murder show where metal’s future is going and the future is good. With tracks like “What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse,” the title track “Nocturnal,” and “Deathmask Divine” this band can do no wrong.

Recorded with Eric Rachel at Trax East where bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Hatebreed and The Red Chord have recorded. Jason Seucof mixed it at Audiohammer where bands like Trivium, Bury Your Dead and All That Remains have been. Kristian Whalin (Necrolord) painted the cover artwork and has made covers for Emperor, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Dark Funeral, and Necrophobic.

The only thing that may be a slight negative on “Nocturnal” is the length of the album. Thirty-four minutes spread over ten tracks is far from pushing the boundaries of lasting albums, but the staying power of this albums should surpass the need of a lengthy record. Just simply hit the play button again and get another dose of this metallic onslaught.

Fans of death, Swedish death, and anything with metallic balls should get into “Nocturnal.” The Black Dahlia Murder has surely has written something to give them lasting pride. This may be their finest record to date. They put on a great show too, so if you get a chance to see them live, do so! I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins