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The Black Dahlia Murder Deflorate

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01. Black Valor 02. Necropolis 03. A Selection Unnatural 04. Denounced, Disgraced 05. Christ Deformed 06. Death Panorama 07. Throne of Lunacy 08. Eyes of Thousand 09. That Which Erodes the Most Tender 10. I Will Return
2009 Metal Blade Records
Our score 7

by Nick
10/23/2009

Simply put, Deflorate is the result of The Black Dahlia Murder being more fine-tuned and more technically capable than at any other period in their career. Unhallowed will always be the cult favorite, Miasma the slight misstep, and Nocturnal the strong move back in the right direction. Deflorate, for all intents and purposes, is a more refined version of Nocturnal -- not astoundingly different in vision and songwriting, but merely tweaked a bit in the direction of perfection. The main reason behind this fine-tuning is a quite notable personnel change in the BDM camp. Ex-Arsis guitarist Ryan Knight has joined the group and single-handedly taken care of the band's greatest area of need: solo quality. Although it never blatantly stuck out on earlier releases, when the band locked down its strongest-ever rhythm section on Nocturnal, the aptitude for solos became a glaring limitation. Knight's stellar fret board acrobatics have all but silenced any qualms in that area, especially with blazing runs in tracks like "Throne of Lunacy" and "Denounced, Disgraced." Equal parts technical and melodic, his blend of memorable lines and speed is much appreciated. But the odd part about the upgrade is that even though Deflorate sounds like it should be an obvious selection for the band's best on paper, it lacks the unforgettable punch needed to attain such a label. In many ways, it leaves a similar feel to Arsis' latest, We Are the Nightmare -- the blisteringly technical instrumentation was flat-out impressive, but in the end, A Celebration of Guilt still feels like the band's go-to release. Is it hypocritical to praise a band for achieving such a fine-tuned, technically impressive sound, but also note that a few intangibles (a memorable aftertaste, standout tracks, etc.) are missing Your opinions on that deeper philosophical argument will likely determine your stance of Deflorate. If you're looking for evidence of a band performing at a higher technical level (in all areas of their sound) than ever before, this record will easily fulfill that desire. But if you're looking for the next memorable step in BDM's career in the form of an organic progression of sorts, Deflorate's closer resemblance to a revamped version of Nocturnal rather than its own entity will get in the way of that end result. But one thing is unlikely to be debated: this band has earned their death metal chops and has no difficulty in showcasing them. Bottom Line: The Black Dahlia Murder's Deflorate is without a doubt their most technically impressive record to date. A large chunk of this recognition goes to their addition of ex-Arsis guitarist Ryan Knight to the fold, resulting reaching in a level of soloing excellence that was never present on the band's previous work. There may be a few intangibles missing that are needed for this to be instantly memorable, but it is solid on all fronts and definitely worthy of a listen.

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flashtanto_ 10/23/2009 11:32:35 AM

"Miasma the slight misstep" I can't anyone serious who says that... Ps, when are people going to quit calling bands a camp. Its stupid


andr0ne_ 10/23/2009 12:39:17 PM

record critique backed HARD! couldn't agree/disagree with everything said any more


faggot_ 10/23/2009 1:09:40 PM

how did this get 7. this album and band is so overatted and boring.


matt davis_ 10/23/2009 2:39:51 PM

how can one of their albums be a misstep? All their records sound the same... same drumming, same guitar work, same gay vocals... same shitty solo work. Jesus couldn't save this band.


nakjsdbfiasf_ 10/23/2009 2:47:01 PM

worst artwork ever.


Fur_Beach11_ 10/23/2009 2:54:10 PM

How on EARTH could this be a 7 Nick, even when your wrong youre not normally this wrong, even if you were only comparing it to bdm and carcass albums this still wouldnt be a 7. Holy lack of effort on their part, it's the same boring jargain over & over, thought you would have at least noticed that.


Fur_Beach11_ 10/23/2009 2:54:48 PM

This review took my hard on away


Godfather_ 10/23/2009 2:57:18 PM

I have a dick up my ass as I type this.


TA_ 10/23/2009 3:02:13 PM

band is generic and boring so is this album listen to Death gays


Defecate_ 10/23/2009 4:15:52 PM

you give everything a 7/10, gay


al_czervik_ 10/23/2009 4:33:35 PM

they got a good drummer between the last two albums as well, didn't they


XxgaygaygayxX_ 10/23/2009 5:20:04 PM

'Miasma the slight misstep' you sir are a f*cking idiot


cockyassballs_ 10/23/2009 5:21:18 PM

vocals suck ass


DaveClinch_ 10/23/2009 7:51:04 PM

I couldnt agree more. I love this band but there is really nothing memorable on this record. Impressive chops will only get you so far in this cold and crazy world..


fuckthisband_ 10/24/2009 3:42:12 AM

lambgoat has no f*cking scale. every album gets at least a f*cking 7.


me myself and satan_ 10/24/2009 12:44:22 PM

band should have broken up in 2006. career flip


dick_lover_and_dr_gay_ 10/24/2009 5:24:39 PM

Supercontinent = better than everything BDM has done.


peniscum_ 10/24/2009 7:37:29 PM

seriously, every album reviewed by Nick gets a "7". nice you are shitty reviewer, stop reviewing.


argh_ 10/25/2009 3:21:44 AM

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MacGyver_ 10/25/2009 6:32:31 AM

Nicks a homo and this album released a month ago, y does this website employ THE slowest turds to walk this side of Helen Keller?


anonymous 10/25/2009 4:17:12 PM

i for one think it's fair. all bdm albums are 7s in my book


TA_ 10/25/2009 6:31:57 PM

shit band


Coley Thrash_ 10/26/2009 3:57:01 AM

Couldn't possibly agree more with everything that was said in this interview. Good job for complying with my opinion.


poswalt_ 10/26/2009 10:47:30 AM

i'm pretty sure the review has no control over when the review gets posted.


anonymous 10/26/2009 3:52:08 PM

Couldn't agree more with the comment about Miasma. It was definitely a misstep. It never fully sounded like a BDM album to me. I thought Unhallowed and Nocturnal were far superior.


jammaface_ 10/27/2009 11:34:42 AM

amazing cover art amazing cd amazing band f*ck the haters have fun eating 8=======>


vynterborn_ 10/28/2009 7:39:27 PM

I think Miasma is their heaviest, most evil sounding album, and I think this album is a return to that dark sound. Best death metal album released in years.


idaho_ 10/29/2009 6:46:24 PM

terrible band. terrible dudes.


fuck off_ 10/30/2009 7:36:31 PM

good review...hit the nail on the head IMHO.


heeeeydude_ 11/10/2009 5:14:31 PM

Seriously, took the words right out of my mouth. TIGHT AS f*ck AND BUT NOTHING MEMORABLE!!


upyours_ 11/15/2009 3:16:08 AM

f*ck bdm.ryan shoould've stayed in arsis.


someone_ 11/17/2009 4:05:10 PM

Ryan Knight was an awesome addition, seeing how that other guy couldnt f*cking leave that SAME SCALE EVERY SOLO... ass. Miasma deff did better then deflorate, a lot better. i love this band... but Deflorate prob should have gotten like a 6...


anonymous 2/19/2010 6:02:06 AM

guitar work improved, cd's still shit though