Big Dark Love

Murder by Dealth (Bloodshot)

Murder By Death has always looked to push their sound into new territory, but with “Big Dark Love” (out Feb. 3) they hit something that transcends pushing boundaries or not being redundant.The parallels ­— between the ominous, piercing voice of Adam Turla and the ambient, dreamy directions they’ve flirted with before, but go all in with on this record — run together smoothly, creating this emotionally-charged bolt of lightning that’s inescapable. It’s one of those albums that right when you finish it, you want to listen to it again. And it seems to get stronger. You pick up on different layers, lyrics, meanings. It’s just the right amount of bold, taking the ambitious path, without leaving the past behind.