The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual (2011)

Frontman Trevor Strnad said about “Ritual”, the upcoming fifth studio album, that this is “the most focused Black Dahlia Murder strike of all time.” Scheduled to be released on June 17, 2011 in Europe and June 21 in North America, the 45 minutes of slaughter compressed in 12 tracks are a mixture of pure aggression with consistent death metal marks, intriguingly melodious heavy metal riffs, extreme grindings and brutal vocals on a scale from death to black metal. Formed in 2001 at Waterford, Michigan, their name is derived from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred to as Black Dahlia. Out of their four studio albums, the latest three charted on the US Billboard 200, with the previous 2009’s “Deflorate” peaking at #43. This is a considerable performance for a death metal combo of this intensity. And fans have nothing to worry, “Ritual” is another intense and grinding collection of extreme, modern metal.

Can listen “Moonlight Equilibrium” @ Soundcloud. Trevor Strnad, guitarists Brian Eschbach and Ryan Knight, bassist Ryan “Bart” Williams and drummer Shannon Lucas have no mercy and “Ritual” is their most complex, technical, brutal and colorful album up to date. “Ritual” was produced by Mark Lewis (Trivium, Scale the Summit, Deicide), who worked also with the band on “Deflorate” and once again, he did a great job, “Ritual” sounds cutting.

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