The Black Dahlia Murder immediately established themselves at the forefront of the then-burgeoning U.S. metal scene with the release of their Metal Blade debut Unhallowed in 2003. The critically lauded album, however, was only the beginning of an epic journey that would find the Detroit, MI quintet dealing with personnel issues and nonstop touring that kept them on the road for nearly two years. It's no surprise, then, that 2005 follow-up Miasmareflects the insanity of life on the road. "It's quite a bit more personal lyrically, ranging from anthems of cheap sex and drug use to more classic Black Dahlia Murder horror style," says vocalist Trevor Strnad. "I've tried to reinvent BDM lyrically here. It's still dark. It's still really evil shit."