If there were to be a poster child for Melodic Death Metal that band would likely be The Black Dahlia Murder. I don't mean this in a negative way at all, this band kills it time and time again and remain as probably the most popular band in melodeath and one of the most popular in metal alone. It's music that is incredibly well made, yet accessible for those just peering into more extreme genres.
It's almost unbelievable that the band released their debut album ten years ago this year, and they've been impressing fans since pretty much day one. I'll be honest that I didn't truly get into these guys until their last album Ritual but since then I've been listening to them almost incessantly. Ritual and Nocutrnal are among my favorite albums now.
So now we are here with the release of Everblack. This is one album you can pretty much judge by it's cover. Dark and epic. Everblack's cover reminds me a lot of Nocturnal's cover with the monochromatic coloring and a giant structure smack dab in the middle of the frame. Everblack has a great cover and awesome music to boot.
If there is anyone that stands out on this album it's Ryan Knight. Knight is one of the best lead guitarist's in modern metal and the solo's he's produced on this album are some of the best Black Dahlia has ever had. The lead up to the solo on 'Into The Everblack' and release of energy through the solo is one of the best parts on this album. The solo on 'Raped In Hatred In Vines Of Thorns' is another high point as well. The lyrics on that song are the most catchy as well, it's hard not to head bang and scream along with those lyrics.
I loved Ritual so much that it's hard for me to say Everblack is better than that album or Nocturnal for that matter.There is really only one thing that I might say is 'wrong' about the album is that it does feel a bit safe for the band. At this point though I don't feel like a the band really needs to branch out much more. If you didn't enjoy their music before you're not likely going to now and if you did this album will no doubt be enjoyable for you.