Black Dahlia Murder gets heavy
To paraphrase David Letterman, “Do you kids like the death metal?” If the answer to that question is a resounding audible yell, then The Black Dahlia Murder is not to be missed. The band, hailing from Waterford, Mich., took their delightful name from one of the most notorious crimes in United States history, the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, whose body was found mutilated and severed at the waist in Los Angeles in 1947.
The five-piece metal outfit features Trevor Strnad on lead vocals, Brandon Ellis on lead guitar, Brian Eschbach on rhythm guitar, Alan Cassidy on drums and Max Lavelle on bass. For a niche genre like melodic death metal, The Black Dahlia Murder has broken through with multiple albums including Ritual (2011) and Everblack (2013) which reached Nos. 31 and 32 respectively on the Billboard U.S. album charts.
On the live scene, they have been favorites at hard rock fests for years. They headlined the 2008 Summer Slaughter Tour, performed at the 2009 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, and headlined the Bonecrusher Fest in 2010. More recently, they headlined the 2017 Summer Slaughter Tour and played 2007 album Nocturnal in full in honor of its 10th anniversary. Death metal on, kids.
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