AUG 7th,2011

Review by: Metal Mom

Want to go on a journey, then let Trevor Strnad (vocals), Brian Eschbach/Ryan Knight (guitar), Ryan “Bart” Williams (bass), and Shannon Lucas on drums fulfill that need with their 5th CD “Ritual”, which sold over 12,960 copies in their first week, and captured #31 on the Billboard 200 chart. This studio album has 12 tracks that you are not going to want to put away after a few listens.

This heavy metal band that formed back in 2001 whose name was derived from the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short has done the most focused Black Dahlia Murder strike of all time. Strnad says that “every song that got brought forth was exciting and more three-dimensional, more twists and turns, more surprises. There is more up and downs and taking people on a journey this time” Truer words have never been spoken, there is such a wide range here for every metal head out there.

First song “A Shrine to Madness” has a lull before the storm punishes you. In other words a great first song to catch and hold you , there is lots of depth to each and every song on this CD. There are some fast and furious guitar riffs, great drum blasts. The vocals for me were the clincher , 2 distinct ones, brutal with a high pitch scream. And don’t stop listening, you have to listen to each and every brutal track, and yes , there are some changes that the guys have made, but they are going in the right direction, change is always good when its done this well. Just listen , you are going to hear Ryan doing some crazy solos, each of them have brought something fantastic to listen to on this CD. There are some fans I know who wont like it, but I think that this is by far their best to date. As a fan you will appreciate the new sound they are bringing forth to the crowds, I think with this one “Ritual” The Black Dahlia Murder guys will be reaching many more people out there. Give it a try you will not regret it.

With Ritual, they have really nailed it even harder than they have before.