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Very few bands, if any at all, get it right on the mark with their first album. When I say that, I mean how capable they are of attaining and projecting their goal as a band - the sound and message - into one complete album. While there's no such thing as the perfect album, debut, or otherwise, The Black Dahlia Murder's Unhallowed is a spectacular start for a metal band nowadays and already demonstrates a great portrayal of their aim as a band.
Combining the atmospheric brutality of blackened death with the technical harmonies of melodic death, the band demonstrates a powerful sound right from the start. Songs such as Funeral Thirst, Elder Misanthropy, and Apex all showcase the band being able to combine solid songwriting with genuinely good musical ideas executed in a genuinely good manner.
While the album's material isn't overall stick-in-your-head as tracks off later releases such as Nocturnal, this album proves that The Black Dahlia Murder has charged out the front gate with all guns blazing and a reminder of why they're at the forefront of the American metal scene nowadays. A great debut album and a great album in general. Highly recommended! Cheers!!!
- BillNightspawnDorfer (The Metal Archives)
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