Nocturnal review by The Black Dahlia Murder

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  • Released: Sep 18, 2007
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.6 (127 votes)
The Black Dahlia Murder: Nocturnal
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Sound — 9
When you anticapate a albums unvail some feeling spring into your stomach but above all "will this album transcend the one before it." Interpretations differ but one solid observation is that nocturnal surmounted it's siblings in technacality, creativity, and overall depth. TBDM fandom spent two years agonizing whether the next creation would have the same elements unique to the band itself due to change in staff and unfounded gossip of resolve. Though with Nocturnal lines have been crossed TBDM has crossed them with the same ambiguous hate induced aura as it's predecessors. TBDM have recieved much criticism concerning originialty and has made a descent attempt to rise above mainstream. Vocalist Trevor Strnad has made huge hurdles in the release chorally and lyrically. Trevor still holding a solid grip on his transition from his low roar to a howl rembling somewhat of a howl.

Lyrics — 10
Vocalist Trevor Strnad has made huge hurdles in the release chorally and lyrically. Trevor still holding a solid grip on his transition from his low roar to a howl rembling somewhat of a howl. Every phrase in harmony with the rest of the track. Coming into every song Trevor equips himself with an arsenal of verbal weapons he throws at his tenuous discretion. Compiled with his range of different voices resymboling that of perpetual darkness though concepts of humanities pale insticts are thrown into the cauldron. In it's great Nocturnal becomes an elixir so potent with disease and filth if there is a god he would have trouble "taking it to the dome."

Overall Impression — 9
Every phrase in harmony with the rest of the track. From each original member of the lineup the listener can really grasp how much they've developed as musicians coming from Miasma. Partly by the balance they have created in the heavy riffs but at the same time keeping a smooth and sharp melody When listening you can almost feel the amount of labor cultivated into this masterpiece. You can't help but give this album recognition.

7 comments sorted by best / new / date

    psilocyndreams2
    i thought this album was the best of tbdm. i was definitely impressed. brings absolutely nothing new to the table, but they've pretty much mastered what they do.
    lord of dead
    Ahh man ! nice CD but i hate black metal for normal ! For lucky the cd is mixed with black and death metal elements
    a7x_rocker_a7x
    i bought this album today, i must say its good... but their old stuff just seemed better. i would like to see them do sometime new and just slow down. their songs tend to sound the same, with the same fast snare for 8 measures, then go to fast blast beats on either the hi hat or ride bell.. every drummer they had, did the same thing. oh well, i still love this band, but i think we can all ask for something new?
    xXDyingSkiesXx
    If you ask me the album sounds a bit more "poppier" than the other ones..especially Virally Yours....the lyrics not as morbid as the other albums either with the exception of Deathmask Divine and Warborn...but altogether I think its a pretty good album..guitars sound great..and I noticed the guitars aren't completely harmonized like the Miasma album..kinda wierd just a drstic change in laying..but its stll good.
    Azrael`
    They sound more and more like CC with each album, i thought it was alrite, another song like flies would have be br000talz though
    winnipegbassist
    Azreal, they so sorta sound like CC, they are in the same record company and they were touring together(SICK concert by the way)