High octane death metal juggernauts The Black Dahlia Murder are set to release their ninth studio album, Verminous. The Detroit, Michigan quintet will be releasing their new album on Friday April 17, 2020 through Metal Blade Records. With ten pulse-pounding songs and definitive melodies that are sure to seep into your brain, Verminous is likely to be one of the most intriguing death metal albums of the year.
With the upcoming release, Trevor Strnad (lead vocals) stated, “This is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next.” Strnad along with his bandmates Brandon Ellis (lead guitar, backing vocals), Brian Eschbach (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Max Lavelle (bass), and Alan Cassidy (drums), created a passionate album with the perfect balance of emotion. Ellis’ unique production touches and unexpected change in sound from their last album Nightbringers form one of the band’s most interesting albums to date. Fear not though longtime fans, Verminous is the band’s take on a new recipe while maintaining the same great taste you’ve come to enjoy.
The inviting title-track Verminous starts off with a combination of an eery audio sample of a rat-laden sewer that transitions into controlled chaos, with the polished guitar play of Ellis, Eschbach, and Lavelle, thunderous double bass by Cassidy, and relentless vocals by Strnad. This was the perfect introduction into what the other nine tracks offer.
There’s no time to breathe, as the second track Godlessly takes you from zero to 60 in a blink of an eye. The guitar solos are prevalent, and there are noticeable changes in Strnad’s vocal style. The following tracks, Removal of the Oaken Shake and Child of Night are really where the band goes off the beaten path from what their fans would consider to be “the norm.” However, this is not a bad thing as there is more melodic music, fresh new vocal style and cleverly played riffs than what the band is used to putting out. This should be intriguing to any rock/metal music fan.
Although it’s musically different from previous albums like Nocturnal and Nightbringers, Verminous, with the stylistic changes, could very well be one of the band’s best albums.
With the unknown in the world right now, artists alike need fan support more than ever, so be sure to buy Verminous when it drops. Also, check out the band’s social media to see what they are up to and where they are playing next.
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