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The Black Dahlia Murder Unhallowed

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01. Unhallowed 02. Funeral Thirst 03. Elder Misanthropy 04. Contagion 05. When The Last Grave Has Emptied 06. Thy Horror Cosmic 07. The Blackest Incarnation 08. Hymn For The Wretched 09. Closed Casket Requiem 10. Apex
2003 Metal Blade Records
Our score 8

by Graham Landers
8/1/2003

For a while now there has been a shitload of hype surrounding a handful of bands in the metal genre, namely The Red Chord and The Black Dahlia Murder. After hearing ranting and raving that The Black Dahlia Murder sounded like Darkest Hour with “balls,” I figured I needed to check these guys out as soon as possible. Upon the arrival of "Unhallowed," I was immediately bombarded with an onslaught of vicious guitar riffing and punishing drums. Furthermore, I continue to be in awe of the lyrics on this album. This is truly the way all records should be written - around a strong lyrical backbone. I love when bands actually give a shit about the big picture and not just the music, or vice versa. "Unhallowed" gives you nine reasons to stick with your metal for at least a little while longer. There is still hope yet. Black Dahlia Murder do it right in just about everyway on their debut effort for Metal Blade, and finally, you can believe the hype. The only setback with this album is the backup vocalist. His tone is miserable. So, maybe that’s what the band was going for At any rate it would probably end up sounding too much like Darkest Hour if it weren’t for the cookie monster growls of Brian Eschbach. Regardless of this minor flaw, you can’t deny the voraciousness of the album’s finest, “Funeral Thirst,” which is rivaled by few tracks in its intensity. Other stellar tracks included "Contagion" and "The Blackest Incarnation." Bottom Line: This is the best album Metal Blade has released in longer than I can remember. Sure, I’d much rather listen to the latest Darkest Hour record any day of the week, but that doesn’t mean I don’t dig this band and "Unhallowed." I was eagerly looking forward to hearing this record and it certainly lived up to the hype, and then some. The scenesters are going to eat this up as they did not too long ago when The Red Chord dropped their debut effort last year. If the Black Dahlia Murder have as high aspirations for the future as I think they are worthy of achieving, we might have an Album of The Year on our hands somewhere down the line. Let’s just hope they stick it out long enough.

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Cainam_ 11/26/2004 2:49:02 PM

The first time I listened to Unhallowed I didn't like it much, but the second time it blew my mind totally. Perfect combination of Metalcore, At the gates and a little bit of Between the buried and me. Great! 9,0


Mik_ 12/19/2004 9:07:29 PM

trevor does both the high and low vocals on the album... word to the wise ps. this album is t-ts, and aint nothing better than t-ts


Maxxwell_ 2/18/2005 2:36:36 AM

i can listen to this album over and over again and not get bored at all. id give this a 9 (i agree on some of the "cookie monster" voxx parts its kinda eh but for the most part its amazing). i cant wait to see these boys live.


bring the chug_ 3/17/2005 1:31:13 PM

what a bunch of dumbf*cks you people are. bdm isnt metalcore. f*ck off. they dont have breakdowns. they are melodic death metal. trevor does all the vocals. not down with the vocals?? well maybe its because you listen to atreyu and dont know what death metal is.


BTP_ 3/22/2005 1:27:16 PM

this album is so amazing!!!


tdfxMarkxtdf_ 4/4/2005 2:13:40 PM

elder misanthropy is the best song on the cd when i first got the cd it was a meh cd but now after giving it a chance it destroys


Franky_ 12/30/2005 11:59:10 PM

this is the best cd ever and to those guys that say there metalcore go f*ck yoursleves and listen to your stupid atreyu cds f*cking retards


t-minus_ 1/13/2006 2:36:15 AM

tell em frankey these ho-cut ass kids dont have a clue wat metal is. and THIS CD IS THE SHIT!


MrWong_ 1/27/2006 8:43:50 AM

This is album is the shit. Br00tal melodic death.


xBBBx_ 1/12/2007 12:16:13 PM

THE BEST OF ALL TIME! BEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME FOR BLACK DAHILA MURDER!


Jude_ 3/1/2007 12:30:53 PM

I would say Im no diffrent. Fist exspression was a waste. Second time around the block and I was blown!


big daddy J_ 6/14/2007 8:48:06 AM

hey bringthechug you are a dumb mother-f*cker... these guys have a ton of breakdowns i.e:their cover of paint it black is proof(although it isnt on this cd...)it's laden with breakdowns...


anonymous 9/16/2007 2:40:45 PM

Badass music, satanic lyrics. One of my fav albums of all time.