Episode 414: The Black Dahlia Murder, Benighted, Wvrm, Abysmal Dawn 2020 Album Reviews + The Artisan Era Showcase

Nick Doesn’t Care

The title sums up one host’s feelings for 3/4 of these albums.  Can you guess which is the one he really likes? Well, you don’t have to guess…just listen.

And remember – Stay inside. Stay healthy.  Stay Metal.


The Black Dahlia Murder – Verminous (Metal Blade)
Benighted – Obscene Repressed (Season of Mist)
WVRM Colony Collapse (Prosthetic)
Abysmal Dawn – Phylogenesis (Season of Mist)


One comment

  1. -The Artisan Era is killing it right now. You mentioned Myth of I, which is a recent album that I am enjoying right now. Myth of I’s djenty instrumental jams hit a sweet spot for me. And you also briefly mentioned Symbolik, which their recent album called Emergence is probably my favorite tech death album that has been released in the last 12 months. I feel like the Artisan Era is what Unique Leader wants to be: a label built around tech death but with a bit more diversity and consistency of quality in each band’s music. Whereas each new band on Unique Leader sounds less than unique, Artisan Era bands seem to bring a little something different to the table.

    -I’m pretty much in agreement with both of you guys on Black Dahlia Murder. Their brand of almost-melodic, not-quite-technical death metal is something that seems as though I would like more than I actually do. There’s nothing wrong with them, and when I listen to their music I don’t dislike it, but I never feel the need to seek them out, nor do I feel the need to buy a new album from them.

    -I’m loving the new Nightwish album, called Human II Nature. However, it is NOT for you guys. Nightwish isn’t metal anymore, if they ever even were. There might be one and a half songs on this album that could be considered metal. The rest of it is a mix of folk, pop, and stuff that sounds like a movie soundtrack. The last 20 minutes of this 70 minute album are instrumental. But for some reason this album fits my current mood perfectly, and I’m not sure why. I suppose the feeling of being whisked away to a pastoral setting in northern Europe right now has some sort of appeal when being locked down in an apartment in New York City.

    -I just bought a shitload of recent metal releases now that I’m getting a regular paycheck. So far, one album that stands out is “Stare Into Death and Be Still” by Ulcerate. Even though I say it stands out, I wouldn’t call it a great album. It’s a little hard to describe, as the genre label of tech death does not do it justice. It stands out because it creates a unique atmosphere without the music being atmospheric, if that makes any sense. Ulcerate is often compared to Gorguts, and this album sounds like a cross between Gorguts and Fallujah. It’s one of those albums that grows a bit tiring after a full listen but is good in small doses.

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