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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841499629
  • Catalog Number: 14996
  • Sales rank: 44,770

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Alan Douches Mastering
Brian Slagel Executive Producer
The 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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  • Posted August 13, 2011

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    These Guys Are Insane!

    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!

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