The Black Dahlia Murder - Verminous

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Verminous is the ninth studio album by American melodic death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder, released in May 2020 via Metal Blade Records.

The Black Dahlia Murder is an American melodic death metal band from Waterford, Michigan, formed in 2001. Their name is derived from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred to as Black Dahlia. The band currently comprises lead vocalist Trevor Strnad, rhythm guitarist Brian Eschbach, bassist Max Lavelle, drummer Alan Cassidy, and lead guitarist Brandon Ellis.

Verminous is The Black Dahlia Murder‘s most dynamic, rousing and emotional release to date, and it achieves this without compromising one iota of heaviness. “I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next. We stoked the creative fires with 2017′s ‘Nightbringers‘ and it’s gone much further now in ‘Verminous‘,” states vocalist Trevor Strnad. “It’s a very colorful, moody, and charismatic album that experiments with new sounds and ideas without losing the cutthroat Black Dahlia edge. There is a lot of minutiae to digest. Plenty of delicious little Easter eggs woven into the fabric of each song. Each one is a living, breathing entity that will stand on its own as some of the best music this band has ever created.”

While the drums were recorded at The Pipeyard in Plymouth, Michigan by ex-bassist and longtime studio guru Ryan “Bart” Williams, the bulk of the album was recorded in New Jersey at guitarist Brandon Ellis’ home studio, the Shred Light District, then mixed by Tue Madsen and mastered by Alan Douches.

Produced by Ellis and the band, Verminous sees Black Dahlia having a greater level of control over every facet of recording than on any previous release, enabling them to tweak and fine-tune all the small details right up until the point they sent it to Madsen in Denmark. “To say we were anal-retentive would be an understatement. Tue did an outstanding job. His mix is organic. Classic sounding. Not too slick. It’s got an old school ‘real life’ feel to it rather than being the overly polished quantized-to-hell drek that is coming out these days. We wanted the album’s sound to have its own personality, and he helped us achieve just that. Finally, Alan did a great job of smoothing out the final details with his mastering. He beefed it up into what you hear now.”

The only other outside collaborators with which the band worked were soundscape artist Michael Ghelfi, who provided the sample that opens the record and “sets the pest-ridden vibe”, and Juanjo Castellano, who painted the cover. “It’s amazing and classically death metal cover artwork. I call it an evil underground sewer world, home to the verminous ones. If you look closely you can find all kinds of rats and bugs and critters scattered throughout. The amount of detail Juanjo put in there is second to none.”

(Extracted from Metal Blade Records website).

This album is a limited edition on moonstone grey coloured vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in the US via Metal Blade Records.

(039842514314)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Verminous

3:49

A2

Godlessly

3:28

A3

Removal Of The Oaken Stake

4:25

A4

Child Of Night

3:37

A5

Sunless Empire

3:57

B1

The Leather Apron's Scorn

3:33

B2

How Very Dead

3:07

B3

The Wereworm's Feast

4:36

B4

A Womb In Dark Chrysalis

0:48

B5

Dawn Of Rats

4:36

SKU 039842514314
Record Label Metal Blade Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number 3984-25143-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 29 May 2020
Original Release Date (Year) 17 April 2020
Barcode # 039842514314
Shipping Weight 0.4100kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Moonstone Grey Coloured Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Grey
Genre Hard Rock & Metal
Format VINYL LP

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