Band: The Black Dahlia Murder
Released date: June 17th, 2003
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Country: United States
Label: Metal Blade Records
The moment I first heard The Black Dahlia Murder‘s debut album “Unhallowed” playing, the first words that had come out of my mouth were ‘What a horrible way to start my day!’. See, it was back my college days and I was on my way to school when I bumped into a neighbor of mine. That certain fella told me to listen to this band and their debut record. He was praising the band a lot, and was really very insistent that I drop by his house for a couple of minutes to listen to this album. As a good next-door neighbor, I approved of his invitation and gave the album a spin. What came next was 36 minutes and 30 seconds of unpleasant listening due to the album’s very carbon copy style of Sweden’s At The Gates.
Now I am not saying that getting very heavily influenced by one band is a bad thing. There are bands out there who have a propensity of replicating the same style as their favorite act, but they always put something original to it and incorporate it with their own style. The Black Dahlia Murder had failed to to do that with this debut release. Every track in this album is an exact replica of the songs that you’ll hear in At The Gates‘ “Slaughter of the Soul” album. The only thing that’s different between the two albums are the vocal works. Besides that, everything is just too indistinguishable.
The whole record has like less than four melodic riffs, boring riffs, repeated over and over again. Plus the drumming is very sloppy and excessively casual for it to pass as a decent extreme metal record. One more thing that I hate about this record, and all records that tend to play the same style, is that it is loaded with breakdowns that aren’t even memorable. Breakdowns are good, if you use them scarcely and if you employ them in the right sections, but abuse it and use it consistently and you’ll end up producing an appalling album.
I really do not need to expand this review any longer, because there really is nothing left more to say about it. Unhallowed is a generic melodic death metal record that I do not suggest fans of the mentioned genre to purchase. Well, it’s really up to you if you want to get a copy of this awful album, but as for me I’ll just leave it to the trendy kids who wears black shirt with funny cartoon drawings which millennials labeled as ‘Brootal’. Whew—kids these days!