The Black Dahlia Murder - _Unhallowed_
(Metal Blade, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
If you have already read my latest Omnium Gatherum review, then you
can pretty much apply the first few sentences to The Black Dahlia
Murder: they too have decided to capitalize on their debut EP by
re-recording a couple of tracks for their first full-length.
Furthermore, these tracks shine through as some of the best material
on the full-length, which doesn't bode particularly well for
_Unhallowed_. _A Cold-Blooded Epitaph_ was a brief outburst of Swedish
metal (made in the US), and as an EP it worked well; _Unhallowed_,
however, seems somewhat repetitive and the material often borders on
generic. The music is kept on a high intensity level throughout, but
when you go for a style that's been perfected years ago (more
specifically in At the Gates' _Slaughter of the Soul_), then you
better excel at it or have something new to add. The Black Dahlia
Murder are very proficient, though not excellent, and add only a few
personal touches to the style. Ultimately, _Unhallowed_ is an
enjoyable album, but it pales in comparison to contemporaries such as
Corporation 187's excellent _Perfection in Pain_. Still a young band,
The Black Dahlia Murder show plenty of potential and will no doubt
come back with a renewed attack before too long.
(article published 9/29/2003)
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