Artist – The Black Dahlia Murder
Album – Ritual
Genre – Melodic Death Metal
Date Released – June 17, 2011
“The album sold 12,960 copies in the United States in its first week of release and debuted at position #31 on the Billboard 200.”
From the very first song I could already tell this was going to be a better album than Deflorate. Mainly because the producer did a much better job with the mix, I personally hated the mix on Deflorate. But on this album the drums aren’t getting pounded into your ears like they used to be, this actually seems to be MUCH more guitar driven. They also used a lot of orchestral intros to a couple songs and personally I love that aspect of the genre, you can just go from classical sounds to really fast and aggressive music. If I had to choose one song to tell you to hear just to get an idea about how this album sounds you probably would have to listen to the single they released back in January called “Moonlight Equilibrium”. Honestly, Ryan Knight is a beast I don’t know how he comes up with all of these guitar solos that still wow me. Usually an album might have one AWESOME solo but this one has a great solo in each song and that really gives it a boost. Now to the obvious, a lot of people know about this band by their signature vocals and drums (or at least that is how I differentiate them from other Death Metal bands) and both the vocals and the drums are expertly crafted and expertly played, my favorite part is it isn’t overplayed if you know what I mean. For example Shannon Lucas doesn’t only do blast beats, he still does them but not nearly as much as he has in the past and I think that is an improvement.
Now I know I changed the format and style that I review things, but it will still come to the same result…. A score of 9.8/10 I just loved this album since I’ve gotten it.