Sound — 9
Guitars: Brian Eschbach and John Kempainen are a marvelous guitar duo, Kempainens blistering smooth leads over Brians relentless riffs will make your head bang till your spinal chord begs for mercy! The riffs are some of TBDM's best in my oppinion, this album is an arsenal of heavy. If you like the manic fast riffs, then this album should do it for you, The solos as well are fantastic! smooth melodys or super fast shred, they are just great to listen to. Ryan "Bart" Williams is a great bass player, with solid riffs and some really cool fills, the bass acts like a machine that makes the album that much more heavier. Merciless demons surely fuel this man on his quest for heavy, amazing performance! When TBDM lost there old drummer, I was somewhat dissapointed, because he was an amazing drummer, well with Shannon Lucas now as TBDM's drum man, I have no worries, this man is incredibly solid, and his drum sound is fantastic. He plays some amazing grooves and of course, the machine gun double bass! Trevor Strnad uses a variety of vocal types. From the higher shrieks seen in black metal, to the low Growls seen in Death Metal, he covers his bases well. The demonic voice of Trevor fuels the record to even higher status' of heavy, fantastic performances.
Lyrics — 9
If you are one of those people who love the gore aspect of some death metal acts, you shouldn't be far from home. Besides the gore there are some very interesting horror elements that remind me of Horror masterminds such as H.P. Lovecraft, lyrics that aren't focused on the gore necessarily, but have a great Horror story feel to them, Overall there dark, evil, and just plain awesome.
Overall Impression — 9
Fantastic all around, nary a flaw, it's a brutal album that all Black Dahlia Murder fans should enjoy. Fast, Heavy, and ever so Merciless, Black Dahlia Prove with this album that they are a force of metal to be reckoned with, if you like there previous releases "Unhallowed" or "Miasma" you will enjoy this album. Or if you just like heavy music and haven't heard TBDM, here is a good record to buy. Go out, buy it, listen to, and headbang till your head falls off!