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The Black Dahlia Murder - Unhallowed [LP]




2.Funeral Thirst
3.Elder Misanthropy
5.When the Last Grave Has Emptied
6.Thy Horror Cosmic
7.The Blackest Incarnation
8.Hymn for the Wretched
9.Closed Casket Requiem

First off, we cannot stop listening to this thing. The album is just packed full of frantic, intelligent, and memorable riffs that somehow play off of each other so comfortably that it stuns the mind. Just as you're trying to comprehend what's going on, they go into a two-guitar harmony so euphoric that you just have to say, "No way did that just happen."

For example, check out the guitar passage in "When the Last Grave Has Emptied" that starts around the two minute mark. Listen to the grandeur that is the intro of "The Blackest Incarnation." The harmonic interlude in "Thy Horror Cosmic" is just plain pretty, as is rising tension of the chorus riff (and eventual harmony) in "Closed Casket Requiem." This type of high quality musicianship was such a pleasure to discover. Not since "Heartwork" by Carcass have I been so deeply affected by a record. Trevor's use of duelling high and low vocals is another strong reason why this album succeeds. His high pitched delivery reminds me of Dani Filth in a way, and the low growls remind me of Bill Steer.

"Unhallowed" proves that older influential metal bands still reside in the hearts of many people today. It's classic thrash and grindcore principles with a modern presentation (and how about that great band logo?) They just embody some of the things we look for in metal.