Get Nice and Evil with Ritual

Sometimes metal can be a difficult genre to stay faithful to.  There are so many great bands out there, but they can’t seem to stick around for very long before they lose their creative spark and either sell out or just begin to suck (I’m talking about you, In Flames).  It’s a terrible cycle, and it needs to be broken.  I’ve prayed to the metal gods, asking them for this to stop, and this time, I think they answered.  On June 21st, The Black Dahlia Murder released their fifth studio album, Ritual. This is a band that has raised the bar for melodic death metal higher and higher every time they’ve released an album — well, up until 2008, when their longtime lead guitarist John Kempanien left the band.  They hired Ryan Night to fill the void and released Deflorate a year later, but with the exception of two or three good tracks, the album as a whole was okay at best.  It made a lot of fans lose faith in such an amazing band.  When Ritual was announced, most of us just scoffed and said “Who cares, I’ll listen to Obscura.”  However, being the faithful fan that I am, I picked up a copy, and I do not regret it one bit.

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