The Black Dahlia
Black Dahlia Murder immediately established themselves at the
forefront of the then-burgeoning U.S. metal scene when they released
their full-length Metal Blade debut Unhallowed in June 2003. The
release of that critically lauded album, however, was only the
beginning of an epic journey that would find this Detroit, Michigan,
quintet dealing with personnel issues and a nonstop touring
itinerary that kept them on the road for nearly two years playing
with bands as diverse as The Red Chord, Arch Enemy, Napalm Death and
Terror. But those experiences ultimately had a profound affect on
their latest Metal Blade release, Miasma. "The road has been what
really made Miasma what it is," vocalist Trevor Strnad confesses.
"Much of the content here is a direct result of our experience in
no surprise, then, that Miasma reflects the insanity of life on the
road for five guys, barely over the legal drinking age, who were
playing an endless string of shows across North America and Europe.
"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 Strnad. "I've tried to reinvent BDM lyrically here.
It's still dark. It's still really evil shit."
Strnadís growth as a lyricist is just one of the ways the band
expanded its sound on Miasma. Guitarist Brian Eschbach contributed
more to the writing process while his counterpart John Kempainen
wrote and played solos for every track. As a result, The Black
Dahlia Murder have created an album that reflects the bonds cemented
by the band's two-year odyssey. Recorded and co-produced with the
band by Scarlet drummer Andreas Magnusson at Planet Red Studio in
Richmond, Virginia, Miasma is a deadly reinvention of The Black
Dahlia Murder's nefariously nasty melodic death metal sound. It is a
sound that Kempainen simply describes as "more pissed off." Strnad
sees other improvements, as well, however. "The new songs are much
heavier than anything on Unhallowed," he declares. "We were making a
conscious effort to challenge ourselves as players and give each
song an identity of it's own."
Miasma is just the latest chapter in the ever-twisted saga of The
Black Dahlia Murder who since before the release of this
immeasurably anticipated sophomore effort, landed themselves a spot
on the coveted second stage at Ozzfest 2005 alongside bands like
Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Rob Zombie, and label mates As I Lay
Dying. The band followed up their successful run on Ozzfest with an
exceptional headlining tour with Between the Buried & Me, Cephalic
Carnage, and up and comers Into The Moat which sold out almost every
single show as did their co-headlining run with Throwdown which also
included label mates The Red Chord in the line up. The band also
made their way over to Europe and Japan bringing their brand of
American melodic death metal to the masses.
Black Dahlia Murder is secured to play this summers Sounds of the
Underground festival along with In Flames, Terror, Trivium, and
label mates Cannibal Corpse and headliners As I Lay Dying. All in
all The Black Dahlia Murder have more than proved themselves to be
warriors of the road, an unbeaten live act, and ferocious musicians
that can not and will not be stopped.