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|1. Built For Sin|
|2. I'm Charming|
|4. Statutory Ape|
|5. A Vulgar Picture|
|6. Novelty Crosses|
|7. Dave Goes To Hollywood|
|9. Spite Suicide|
It is no surprise, then, that Miasma reflects the insanity of life on the road for five guys, barely over the legal drinking age, who were playing an endless string of shows across North America and Europe. "It's quite a bit more personal lyrically, ranging from anthems of cheap sex and drug use to more classic Black Dahlia Murder horror style," says Strnad. "I've tried to reinvent BDM lyrically here. It's still dark. It's still really evil shit."
Strnads growth as a lyricist is just one of the ways the band expanded its sound on Miasma. Guitarist Brian Eschbach contributed more to the writing process while his counterpart John Kempainen wrote and played solos for every track. As a result, The Black Dahlia Murder--rounded out by bassist Dave Lock--have created an album that reflects the bonds cemented by the band's two-year odyssey. Recorded and co-produced with the band by Scarlet drummer Andreas Magnusson at Planet Red Studio in Richmond, Virginia, Miasma is a deadly reinvention of The Black Dahlia Murder's nefariously nasty melodic death metal sound. It is a sound that Kempainen simply describes as "more pissed off." Strnad sees other improvements, as well, however. "The new songs are much heavier than anything on Unhallowed," he declares. "We were making a conscious effort to challenge ourselves as players and give each song an identity of it's own. And the addition of Zach has enabled us as a unit to write more complex and interesting arrangements."
Miasma is just the latest chapter in the ever-twisted saga of The Black Dahlia Murder. Like the long-unsolved murder of a young Hollywood starlet that the band took its name from, The Black Dahlia Murder's appeal is visceral and dark, a terror-filled exploration of extreme sounds and vicious brutality. And it is a step closer to the apex the band is still aiming its sights for. "I feel that we are yet to reach our prime," says Strnad, "but Miasma is many steps closer to where we want to be. We have a better band in 2005 and now a record to show for it."
I think that this cd is awsome, and if you liked unhallowed I suggest you buy this one...
I think however, for those who enjoy bands pushing extremes, "Miasma" is a very rewarding... and exhausting... experience.
BDM is like American melodic death metal influenced by At The Gates and Heartwork-era Carcass.
This is my first TBDM album and I'm really liking it. Vocally decent, good riff-work. There are just a lot of good, solid metal songs. Read morePublished 3 months ago by N. Perz
WARNING: listening to this cd will cause ones fist to be thrown repeatedly upward as to punch god in the face:) Happy listeningPublished 7 months ago by BlackValor
In the world of mp3 files I wanted the physical copy of this album. I gave it five stars because price was excellent, shipped fast, packed well, and keeps my head banging for... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Steve
The best band for ever and ever! Their best album too, but you can't go wrong with any of their albums!Published 10 months ago by cdeboer1
The album is awesome, tbdms best in my opinion. The used cd was great quality, at a great price. Came in about a week.Published on October 31, 2011 by joshuarash
First of all if you don't listen to this band you are listening to the wrong metal like lamb of god or hatebreed,listen to some as i lay dying (their early stuff,it has more death... Read morePublished on June 1, 2008 by Brusso Magallanes
One of my favorite cd's. i can listen to this band all the time not get bored of it. Anyhoo to the cd. Read morePublished on October 10, 2007 by Michael T. Eskin
The Midwest seems to be spinning out a lot of original metalcore acts these days and Black Dahlia Murder is one example. Read morePublished on January 15, 2007 by Sangai Nge
What really makes this album so sweet is the context in which it was written. These guys party hard and don't take anything too seriously, which allows you to fully immerse... Read morePublished on August 11, 2006 by Michael J. Schaub