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Ritual
     

Ritual

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by The Black Dahlia Murder
 
Rising above the predictable black din of contemporary death metal can be a formidable task, but Michigan-based melodic death rockers the Black Dahlia Murder manage to do just that on their fifth studio album, the relentless and rewarding Ritual. Employing a lethal mix of old-school American thrash, Scandinavian black metal, Carcass-era

Overview

Rising above the predictable black din of contemporary death metal can be a formidable task, but Michigan-based melodic death rockers the Black Dahlia Murder manage to do just that on their fifth studio album, the relentless and rewarding Ritual. Employing a lethal mix of old-school American thrash, Scandinavian black metal, Carcass-era grindcore, and classic dual-lead power metal, Ritual roars in like a runaway train and leaves the listener in pieces. Stand-out cuts like "Moonlight Equilibrium," "The Window," "Carbonized in Cruciform," and "Blood in the Ink" may borrow cues from like-minded outfits such as Protest the Hero, Unearth, and At the Gates, but the sheer stamina, unpretentious delivery, and attention to detail (pinpointed bursts of vocal flange, Iron Maiden-worthy staccato leads, and breakdowns that actually feel necessary) is pure Black Dahlia firing on all cylinders. It's the band's most impressive outing to date, and easily one of the best metal albums of 2011.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2011
Label:
Metal Blade
UPC:
0039841499629
catalogNumber:
14996
Rank:
41463

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Performance Credits

Black Dahlia Murder   Primary Artist
Brian Eschbach   Guitar
Eric Hoegemeyer   Piano
Trevor Strnad   Vocals
Shannon Lucas   Drums
John-Paul Norpoth   Strings
Jannina Norpoth   Strings
Ryan Williams   Bass
Ryan Knight   Guitar

Technical Credits

Brian Slagel   Executive Producer
Black Dahlia Murder   Composer,Producer
Trevor Strnad   Composer,Lyricist
Jason Suecof   Producer,Engineer
Matthew Woods   Live Sound
Mark Lewis   Producer,Engineer
Kelli Malella   Publicity
Ej Johantgen   Management
Valnoir   Artwork
Patrick Uhlmann   Guitar Techician,Drum Technician,Backline Technician

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Ritual 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Though these guys are sometimes a bit sketchy lyrically, (as if you could understand most of what they're saying anyway), any metal/death metal lover would have to confess...these guys have some serious skill! The instrumentals are insane, and the vocalists are legit! The first I ever really heard of these guys were a couple of songs off this particular album, and I was pretty impressed, so I went out and purchased this. I'm actually pretty glad I did. I look forward to checking out some of their prior and future works. This could easily be one of the best metal albums of the year! If you're into death metal and grindcore & such, I highly recommend checking this album out! Quality throwdown material!