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Studio album by The Black Dahlia Murder
Released September 15, 2009
Genre Melodic death metal, death metal
Length 34:00
Label Metal Blade
Producer The Black Dahlia Murder, Jason Suecof, Mark Lewis
The Black Dahlia Murder chronology
Singles from Deflorate
  1. "A Selection Unnatural"
    Released: August 11, 2009[1]
  2. "Necropolis"
    Released: September 4, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 2.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
BBC (favourable)[4]
Blabbermouth 8.5/10 stars[5]

Deflorate is the fourth album by American death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder. Released through Metal Blade Records on September 15, 2009. It is the first release by the band to feature lead guitarist Ryan Knight.

The album sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release and debuted at position #43 on the Billboard 200.[6]


Deflorate is the first album to feature new guitarist Ryan Knight, who replaced John Kempainen. Trevor has stated in an interview that the album has more of a "classic feel" and that the drums have more of a "live sound". Trevor has also touched on the lyrical subjects of some songs, such as "I Will Return" being about cryogenic freezing. The third track of the album, "A Selection Unnatural", was uploaded for stream on July 7, 2009 at the Revolver website. The cover art was painted by Tony Koehl. The album comes with a bonus DVD titled "We're Going Places (We've Never Been Before)" that contains tour footage from around the world as well as in-studio recording footage. A video for "Necropolis" was made available at on September 4, 2009. Necropolis is also a free song on Tap Tap Revenge 3 and was a part of the soundtrack for the 2011 video game Saint's Row: The Third. The album reached to #43 on the Billboard 200 in one week.

According to the lyric booklet, the album's outro solo is credited to producer Jason Suecof.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Trevor Strnad.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Black Valor" Eschbach 3:09
2. "Necropolis" Eschbach 3:30
3. "A Selection Unnatural" Williams, Eschbach 2:50
4. "Denounced, Disgraced" Eschbach 3:43
5. "Christ Deformed" Williams, Eschbach 3:31
6. "Death Panorama" Eschbach 1:54
7. "Throne of Lunacy" Knight, Eschbach 3:34
8. "Eyes of Thousand" Eschbach 3:13
9. "That Which Erodes the Most Tender of Things" Eschbach 3:01
10. "I Will Return" Knight, Eschbach 5:35
Total length: 34:00


The Black Dahlia Murder
  • Brian Eschbach – guitar
  • Ryan Knight – guitar
  • Shannon Lucas – drums
  • Trevor Strnad – vocals
  • Ryan Williams – bass guitar

Album charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak position
US Billboard 200[6] 43
Billboard's Top Independent Albums 5
Billboard's Top Hard Music Albums 4
HITS Top 50 Albums 50
Canada Billboard Charts 52
Top Independent Albums 3
Top Hard Music Albums 6