Nocturnal (The Black Dahlia Murder album)

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Studio album by The Black Dahlia Murder
Released September 18, 2007
Recorded 2007
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 34:59
Label Metal Blade
Producer Jason Suecof
The Black Dahlia Murder chronology
Singles from Nocturnal
  1. "Everything Went Black"
    Released: August 20, 2007
  2. "What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse"
    Released: September 24, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars link
Daily Dischord 2.5/5 stars link[dead link]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Lambgoat 7/10 link
Music Emissions 4/5 stars link

Nocturnal is the third album by metal band The Black Dahlia Murder. Nocturnal was released by Metal Blade on September 18 2007. Nocturnal is the first album to feature new bassist Bart Williams, who replaced Dave Lock, and drummer Shannon Lucas. It is also the last album to feature longtime guitarist John Kempainen.


The name of the second track "What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse", is taken from the name of the band's first release of the same name, which in turn is a quote from the 1988 video game Castlevania II: Simon's Quest; the song is featured on the soundtrack for the video game Saints Row 2 and as downloadable content for Rock Band. Kristian Wåhlin did the cover art for the album. The end of the song "Nocturnal" features an audio clip from the movie The Monster Squad. The song "Deathmask Divine" appears to be inspired by the story of Carl von Cosel.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Everything Went Black"   3:17
2. "What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse"   3:50
3. "Virally Yours"   3:05
4. "I Worship Only What You Bleed"   1:59
5. "Nocturnal"   3:13
6. "Deathmask Divine"   3:37
7. "Of Darkness Spawned"   3:22
8. "Climactic Degradation"   2:39
9. "To a Breathless Oblivion"   4:57
10. "Warborn"   4:40
Total length:


The Black Dahlia Murder
  • Trevor Strnad – vocals
  • Brian Eschbach – rhythm guitar
  • John Kempainen – lead guitar
  • Ryan "Bart" Williams – bass guitar
  • Shannon Lucas – drums

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
US Billboard 200[1] 72
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[2] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[3] 20