A rarity among death metal bands: The Black Dahlia Murder manage to make brutal, punishing death metal without being cheesy. You can actually take BDM’s music seriously, and yet respect the band as people for not taking themselves too seriously. They embody what modern death metal should be: immediate, ferocious, and wrapped in a coffin of awesome riffs. And that’s exactly what you get on the band’s fantastic new album, Everblack. With all the signature BDM elements in place, the riffs, the high and low vocals, and excellent song composition, Everblack is, well…music to my ears.