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The Black Dahlia Murder - Miasma

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The Black Dahlia Murder immediately established themselves at the forefront of the then-burgeoning U.S. metal scene with the release of their Metal Blade debut Unhallowed in 2003. The critically lauded album, however, was only the beginning of an epic journey that would find the Detroit, MI quintet dealing with personnel issues and nonstop touring that kept them on the road for nearly two years. It's no surprise, then, that 2005 follow-up Miasma reflects the insanity of life on the road. "It's quite a bit more personal lyrically, ranging from anthems of cheap sex and drug use to more classic Black Dahlia Murder horror style," says vocalist Trevor Strnad. "I've tried to reinvent BDM lyrically here. It's still dark. It's still really evil shit."

The Black Dahlia Murder created an album that reflects the bonds cemented by the band's two-year odyssey. Recorded and co-produced with the band by Scarlet drummer Andreas Magnusson at Planet Red Studio in Richmond, VA, Miasma is a deadly reinvention of The Black Dahlia Murder's nefariously nasty melodic death metal sound. It is a sound that guitarist John Kempainen simply describes as "more pissed off." Strnad sees other improvements, as well, however. "The new songs are much heavier than anything on Unhallowed," he declares. "We were making a conscious effort to challenge ourselves as players and give each song an identity of it's own."

Like the long-unsolved murder of a young Hollywood starlet that the band took its name from, The Black Dahlia Murder's appeal is visceral and dark, a terror-filled exploration of extreme sounds and vicious brutality. And Miasma was another step closer to the apex the band was aiming for.

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