Ahh, The Black Dahlia Murder, probably one of the finest melodic death metal bands in the world.
Since 2003’s Unhallowed the band have been reliably and consistently pumping out an album every two years, and with Nightbringers they have returned with probably one of their finest albums out of the bunch; probably on par with their best work.
I say ‘probably’, simply because I know the rest of their material so much better, having listened to it for so long now. My initial impressions of Nightbringer, however, are extremely favourable. Also, with only 33 minutes of material here, it’s absolutely effortless to simply replay the album again once you’ve torn through it; one of the signs of a great album, for sure.
I find that when a band is tagged as melodic death metal you can never be quite sure what you’re getting yourself into until you press play. If you haven’t heard The Black Dahlia Murder before, then let me clear this term up in regards to their fiery music. There’s no clean singing here, no rampant commercialism, no glossy, overproduced pseudo-death metal. No no; Nightbringers is 100% aggressive, fast death metal, full of fury and fire, but presented with plenty of high-speed melodic catchiness.
The songs on Nightbringers are pure death metal, with melodic bite and barbed hooks. All of the component parts you would want from an album like this are present and correct – the alternating deep/high vocals, the screaming guitar solos, the jagged riffs, the streamlined, serrated blast beats, the quality songcraft.
I find the band’s formula to be insanely moreish; as mentioned earlier, it’s so easy to just listen to their music over and over again. After so many years tearing up stages and recording scorching death metal, the band know their material inside out. Each song here is well-written and calculated to burn you alive.
Nightbringers is simply a premier example of melodic death metal art. As far as I’m concerned, this album is an absolute must.