The Black Dahlia Murder are a band that gets a lot of criticism from death metal elitists. Many claim that they are hardly even death metal; the dreaded deathcore moniker is thrown around a lot at the band’s expense. It isn’t entirely unfair, if you consider the band’s entire catalogue. What is unfair, however, is that the band still hasn’t pleased a lot of the death metal crowd after 2007’s phenomenal output, Nocturnal. The band’s first two full-lengths did show some deathcore tendencies (although were hardly deathcore by today’s standards, when bands labeled as such have very little ‘death metal’ at all), but the band did go through a huge transition before the arrival of Nocturnal; the addition of drummer Shannon Lucas and bassist Bart Williams. The change in their sound was noticeable; to call them anything other than death metal now would only show ignorance and denial. Other than losing a guitarist – but adding one that is just as strong, if not better – the band has almost entirely stayed the same since. And while the shift from Miasma to Nocturnal was drastic as a result of new band members, Deflorate finds the band perfecting the sound they discovered on Nocturnal.