This November/December, The Black Dahlia Murder will continue it’s support of their internationally acclaimed Nightbringers album with a new round of tour dates. The run will included a stop at the inaugural Los Angeles version of Decibel Magazine’s Metal and Beer fest. Support along the way comes from friends in Power Trip, Pig Destroyer, Ghoul, Midnight, Khemmis, Gost, Skeletal Remains, Devourment, and Havok.
The Black Dahlia Murder front-man Trevor Strnad comments: “YES! The time has finally come and we are able to announce one of the coolest tours we have ever been a part of! As you can imagine, I had quite a hand in assembling the line-up here, and I am so proud and thrilled at what we’ve been able to construct. Not only do we in The Black Dahlia Murder get to go rage at Decibel Metal and Beer Fest in LA this winter, but we have surrounded ourselves with some INSANE regional line-ups featuring many of my favorite bands in the underground right now, to see us to California and back. Thanks to all parties involved, and be sure to check the fine print to see which of these amazingly sick outfits will be joining us in your town this November and December.”
See below for all dates!
The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
Nov. 24 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s (w/ Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Nov. 26 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s (w/ Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Nov. 27 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theater (w/ Khemmis, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Nov. 29 – Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom (w/ Pig Destroyer, Khemmis, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Nov. 30 – Berkeley, CA – UC Theater (w/ Pig Destroyer, Power Trip ,Khemmis, Ghoul, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Dec. 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern (Decibel Magazine Metal and Beer fest)
Dec. 2 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick (w/ Ghoul, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Dec. 3 – Flagstaff, AZ – Green Room (w/ Power Trip, Ghoul, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Dec. 5 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s (w/ Power Trip, Ghoul, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Dec. 6 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock (w/ Power Trip, Ghoul, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Dec. 7 – Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live (w/ Power Trip, Ghoul, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Dec. 8 – Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club (w/ Havok, Devourment, Ghoul, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Dec. 9 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard (w/ Havok, Ghoul, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Dec. 10 – Lincoln, NE – The Royal (w/ Havok, Ghoul, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Dec. 11 – Joliet, IL – The Forge (w/ Havok, Midnight, Ghoul, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
Dec. 12 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s (w/ Havok, Midnight, Ghoul, Gost, Skeletal Remains)
The Black Dahlia Murder will be touring in support of their latest album, Nightbringers, which was released to critical acclaim last fall. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach – who co-founded the band with front-man Trevor Strnad in 2001 – and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Arsis, ex-Cannabis Corpse), Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic The Black Dahlia Murder, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal.
This Friday (October 6th), The Black Dahlia Murder will release their eighth full-length,Nightbringers, via Metal Blade Records – which has already become the best-selling direct-to-consumer pre-order in the label’s storied history! For a preview of Nightbringers, the new single, Kings of the Nightworld.
Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing, The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach – who co-founded the band with front-man Trevor Strnad in 2001 – and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Arsis, ex-Cannabis Corpse), Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic The Black Dahlia Murder, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album’s title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder‘s output since the very beginning. “Death metal and nighttime are synonymous to me,” Strnad explains. “We are the rulers of the darkened hours that the Christian good fears. A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld – such as marriage and monogamy – came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It’s ‘being-the-villain music’, because we’re the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it’s for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and ‘Kings Of The Nightworld’ are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle.”
2. Of God and Serpent, Of Spectre and Snake
6. Kings of the Nightworld
7. Catacomb Hecatomb
8. As Good as Dead
9. The Lonely Deceased
This October/November, The Black Dahlia Murder will embark on a North American trek in support of their upcoming album, Nightbringers, due out October 6th. Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, and Wormwitch will join them on this run, making this one tour not to be missed! See below for all dates.
The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Necrot, Wormwitch
Oct. 6 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
Oct. 7 – Lowell, MA – Mill City Ballroom
Oct. 8 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Chance Theater
Oct. 10 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Oct. 11 – Teaneck, NJ – Debonair Music Hall
Oct. 12 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
Oct. 13 – Easton, PA – One Center Square
Oct. 14 – Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon
Oct. 16 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 17 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Center
Oct. 18 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Oct. 20 – Joliet, IL – The Forge
Oct. 21 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Oct. 22 – St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Oct. 23 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
Oct. 25 – Ringle, WI – Q & Z Expo Center
Oct. 26 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
Oct. 27 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
Oct. 28 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite
Oct. 29 – Calgary, AB – Marquee
Oct. 31 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
Nov. 1 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven w/ Exhumed
Nov. 2 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall w/ Exhumed
Nov. 3 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Vinyl @ Hard Rock w/ Exhumed
Nov. 4 – Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater * w/ Exhumed
Nov. 5 – San Bernardino, CA – KnotFest ** w/ Exhumed
Nov. 6 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red w/ Exhumed
Nov. 7 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe
Nov. 9 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Nov. 10 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Nov. 11 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall
*= no Suffocation
**= no Necrot, Wormwitch
7/27/2017 Reverb – Reading, PA
7/28/2017 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
7/29/2017 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
7/30/2017 Webster Hall – New York, NY
8/02/2017 The International – Knoxville, TN
8/03/2017 The Masquerade (Heaven) – Atlanta, GA
8/06/2017 Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX
8/07/2017 House of Blues – Houston, TX
8/10/2017 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
8/11/2017 City National Grove Of Anaheim- Anaheim, CA
8/12/2017 The Novo – Los Angeles, CA
8/13/2017 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
8/16/2017 Bossanova – Portland, OR **
8/19/2017 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
8/22/2017 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
8/23/2017 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
8/25/2017 The Majestic – Detroit, MI
8/26/2017 Agora Theatre And Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
Imagine Killswitch Engage at their heaviest, with the immediately recognizable guitar playing of Adam Dutkiewicz, the precision drumming of former The Black Dahlia Murder member Shannon Lucas, and the legendary death metal growl of Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher – the result is SERPENTINE DOMINION. After 7 years in the making, this highly anticipated project will finally be releasing their self-titled debut on October 28th via Metal Blade Records.
‘Serpentine Dominion’ can be pre-ordered now at metalblade.com/serpentinedominion – on CD, LP and as an exclusive bundle!
The origins of SERPENTINE DOMINION can be traced back to 2009’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which boasted a line-up that included Killswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse, and The Black Dahlia Murder. During that fateful summer, Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz made a proposition to Cannibal Corpse vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher: “George, I want to write you a record.” On the Mayhem Fest tour, Shannon Lucas, who performed with The Black Dahlia Murder through 2012, was tapped to record drums on the album. Between 2009 and 2016, Cannibal Corpse and Killswitch Engage released three albums each, so scheduling time to work on Serpentine Dominion was no easy feat – but when their rigorous schedules allowed, ‘Serpentine Dominion’ began to come together, with Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach penning the lyrics, which touch on corruption within the government, religion, big business, and other timely issues. Ultimately, though, this debut is a pure passion project; it was written and recorded simply for why musicians get into music in the first place: fun.
See below for the official track-listing, and stay tuned for more news coming soon!
‘Serpentine Dominion’ track-listing
2. The Vengeance in Me
3. Vanquished Unto Thee
4. Divide, Conquer, Burn, and Destroy
5. Sovereign Hate
6. On the Brink of Devastation
7. Jagged Cross Legions
9. This Endless War
SERPENTINE DOMINION line-up:
Adam Dutkiewicz – guitars
George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher – vocals
Shannon Lucas – drums
The Black Dahlia Murder recently toured the USA in support of Abysmal, which was named one of the best albums of 2015 by Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, Metal Insider, among many others. As an added treat, they also played their first full-length, Unhallowed (2003), in its entirety during the trek — and performed at intimate venues across the country that hadn’t seen the band since their debut was released! Capital Chaos TV were honored to have a sit down chat with original vocalist Trevor Strnad at their May 12th Sacramento stop @ The Boardwalk.
A: So Abysmal and Unhallowed I understand are a part of the plan, will you be playing both at every show this tour?
T: Yes we’ve been starting with Unhallowed, we do it front to back right from the beginning of the show starting with the intro like from the cd and stuff, so total throwback retro set. And then after that we stop for like 2 seconds, run the intro to the new record, play Receipt and then a bunch of other stuff too, a few new songs and a few more old sprinkled in there as well. It’s been really cool man, very successful. People have been excited about the whole Unhallowed thing coming back. We have a lot of people coming out the woodwork I haven’t seen in a long time too, which is really cool for me like just going down memory lane a lot, for me and Brian in particular being the original guys, having been there. But it’s really awesome hearing the songs sounding how they do now. I knew it would be. We are much tighter players than we were then. When we did that record we were just babies, we hadn’t even left the state. I think we were really reaching to play a lot of that stuff, and you can tell. It’s not the tightest record ever recorded. I like it still for what it was, I like the songs and hearing them now with these musicians, is just really I love it. It’s been really fun. Ya its cool, there’s one side of the coin where you’re like are we doing this already? Doing retro stuff? Are we that old? Are we the Eagles, like what’s going on? Especially it’s such a popular thing right now to be playing your cool album, the one they like. It kinda feels kinda like weak sauce to jump on that, but also the fans like it. They like it so much so it’s been cool.
A: I want to ask about your fans. Back in 2000 and then now, do you notice a change in the energy, in the demographic of your crowds or the fans that have been following you?
T: I think it’s gotten just more broad. When we first took off on tour and stuff, I imagined that we would just fit kinda in, in the death metal world you know, like be playing with Origin and stuff all the time. But they just didn’t see us like that, we had short hair, we looked kinda weird, we were nerds. I had these thick glasses and stuff. I just think we started to appeal to a bunch of different things. Different factions of the underground like, punk kids. And when I look in the crowd now I still see every kind of person. It’s an eclectic mix. That’s the reason we get to be on tour and be a self-sufficient band whereas death metal is not commercial music. There’s only a couple of bands that get to survive from their touring that play death metal, we’re very fortunate. But part of it has been this ability to crossover. People can’t quite pin point what we are and it seems like there’s always a genre fight online every time you look at any YouTube of us, it just follows us you know what I mean? Who gives a crap, as long as they like it, that’s the way I look at it. As long as they like us, I don’t care what they’re calling us. To me its death metal, it’s always been and that’s what it’s influenced by. I do see how it’s kind of transcended this glass ceiling that I thought, I never saw any of this coming as far as getting on Ozzfest, and then those kind of big out door festivals like Mayhem, I never predicted that for us. I thought we would just be playing shows strictly with death metal bands so I’m thankful for how it’s all played out. It’s been awesome. To have this be my entire life, it’s my dream. I hated school, fucking hate work, ya know I don’t look at this as work.
A: Do still like touring even though you’ve been doing it a long time? Is it still as exciting as it was, or is it more patterned behavior?
T: Oh ya, it’s hard. You have to kind of make a pattern out of it or it will make you crazy. Like it becomes so tiresome to just be on the road and be unpredictable all the time. There’s a big difference between how we do it, going to hotel rooms, compared to crashing at some weirdo’s place every night. I miss that though, you know I miss when it was good but I don’t miss when it was bad. I don’t miss going ok, sorry the place isn’t even finished, there’s no carpet and there’s ferrets running around. Is that cool? And also it’s 3 am and I got these 20 dudes that want to party with you. So I don’t miss that. And then there’s times we’re sleeping somewhere and the other roommate comes home and they don’t know we’re there and we’re not supposed to be there and then some big fight breaks out, not a physical fight but we get kicked out. So I don’t miss that part, but I miss when it was fun. Like meeting a lot of people.
A: Tell me about your lineup right now, who is performing in the band tonight?
T: We have Mr. Brian Eschbach, he’s the other original member, on rhythm guitar. Still here. He’s the other original with me. We’ve been in the band 15 years now I think. It’s crazy; I can’t believe it’s gone that far. We have Alan Cassidy on drums; he’s been on the last two records so he’s like old news to us now. And we’ve played hundreds and hundreds of shows with him and Max as well, the bass player. He (Max) used to play with Despised Icon, used to play with this band Goratory, huge fan of brutal death metal. He was a good friend of the bands beforehand so it was really natural bringing him in, he’s been here several years too. We’ve got the new fish, Brandon and it’s awesome. He’s incredibly good, incredibly professional. Basically when Ryan was leaving the band he warned us like a year in advance so we could work together to make it seamlessly, he helped us find Brandon and they both came from the same band Arsis. He still plays with Arsis and Cannibal Corpse. He’s so young and so hungry to tour and play that we’ll get off the road and he’ll be out with those guys. Its total mayhem with that guy. Ya know he’s 23, he’s young and virile and ready to rock, I was there one time. I just turned 35 the other day and I just feel like now I’m seeing in black and white. I’ve been judging myself like am I supposed to wear these anymore? Vans shoes? I’ve definitely suspended a juvenile time in my life, I guess, kind of like where I was so quiet and reserved and tight lipped in school, and such a pushover kind of person. This is where I found my strength. Meeting so many like minded people and that’s been the best part of it all for me is kind of the escape from reality that it’s been. To have this awesome thing and to put our energy into it so hard and see it come back in spades with fans and their dedication. It’s been my dream realizing I’m still keeping it alive with Brian, he’s really smart. He’s the number crunching last word, he’s the boss man, he’s the dad of the band. He’s the shit. Every band needs that dude that is the last word, the last call. But he’s also awesome and fair, it’s a democracy in this band. Were still kind of hazing Brandon, we haven’t really jumped him in yet. So he’s just suspended in limbo, doesn’t know his status or what’s going on. He knows he’s doing good obviously, it’s plain to see. He’s so fucking good. He’s really exciting on stage; it’s really cool to have someone like that on stage. He stage dives with his guitar on. He’s the perfect guy for Ryan to choose, so it’s all a family affair this whole thing. I got nothing but love for Ryan, for everything he did for us. We wrote a lot of great songs together, we played a lot of great shows and tours. I understand that as soon as we got him, he had a kid. He came literally from the kid’s birth to record and start playing with us. So I knew that there a shelf life but also that said a whole lot about his dedication. He was always so down for us and a great dad too. We always knew there would be a point where he had to go home and it just came. It was sad; we all had a few tears. Cause were best friends. With a lot of bands, they’re just hired guns or just fill the role. The only reason I can stay sane is everybody in this whole thing from tour manager down to everybody is just cool, good to be around. You have to be a positive person to live in that burgundy piece of crap over there. You just lay in there like a human sardine next to everybody. We have the seats pulled out and we just have two mattresses and were like a can of sardines. But they are my best friends and that’s why this has been possible. Why it’s been so fun. Why we’re so positive too is we’re in cahoots man. Everybody’s cool. We just kinda celebrate the victories. We’ve been on a very awesome incline this entire time. We’ve been so fortunate in these times when it’s hard to sell records. When it’s so over saturated with other bands. Somehow were still here even though were getting older and that’s exactly the goal was to survive and be a lifer band like Cannibal Corpse that survives the comings and goings of trends. Napalm Death you see still kicking. Bands from the first generation of death metal are still trucking and killing it. Obituary is amazing. There’s so much reason to just keep trucking. That’s a big inspiration to me is the old school. I love so many different factions of metal and so many different corners, different sounds. All different stuff even outside of death metal. But my heart is with old school death metal for sure.
A: Is there anything else you would like to include or say to your fans?
T: Were still out here. We’re still trucking. Come see us, we’ll have a blast. I think people from the outside think negatively about a death metal show like it must be a bunch of people trying to hurt each other but it’s fun man. It’s a family affair; it’s a lot of love. Its people appreciating a very niche kind of music, so you kind of have this automatic respect for people that are there, no matter what they look like, no matter anything about it. Its nerd music dude. Hello, we like fantasy! We like D&D and all that. Its metal. Were happy to be among our fellow freaks so come on down and have a great time with us.
After releasing their new album, Abysmal, last year to critical acclaim and headlining both part I and part II of the massive IndieMerch Tour, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER has announced another headlining trek – this time, taking the show back to their roots. With Fallujah and Disentomb as support, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER plans to play their first full-length, 2003’s Unhallowed, in its entirety, performing at intimate venues across the US that haven’t seen the band since their debut was released.
Vocalist Trevor Strnad comments: “We are very excited to unleash this absolutely crushing lineup upon you all and to play the much requested Unhallowed album in its entirety. The songs are sounding better than ever before, and we can’t wait for you to feast your ears on our debut album as it was meant to be heard. We will also be playing some bangers from our new album, Abysmal, and the rest of the catalog…Come out and bring your friends!”
In related news, Brandon Ellis will join THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER on the road as the band’s touring guitarist and replacement for Ryan Knight, who amicably parted ways with the group. In regards to his departure, Knight comments: “After nearly seven years with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, I feel the time has come for me to step down and focus on other aspects of my life. The decision to leave was very difficult, yet necessary I feel for me to ultimately be happy and keep moving forward. I feel very lucky to have had the best band-mates/crew — past and present — to traverse the world, guzzle beers, and bring the rock with every night. Thank you, guys. I’d like to give a huge thank you to all our fans for being so cool to me over the years, and all the hardworking people over at Metal Blade Records for their support, and general badassery. In the meantime, I’ll still be teaching guitar, working on new music, and just getting pretty domestic in general. Thanks again!”
Strnad adds: “When Ryan first joined the band, he drove from the hospital where his first child had just been born to begin practicing and writing with us, on the eve of the recording of our Deflorate album. In his years with the band, he made a lot of sacrifices to be with us and uphold our insanely demanding touring and recording schedule. He always gave us one-hundred percent, and for that I thank him. He is an incredible musician and creative force. It was exciting to make new material with him, and his wealth of knowledge has left its stamp on the band’s music forever. I always knew that his time in the band would be limited, and it has now come time for him to go home and be with his family. Ryan, being the stand-up dude that he is, told us of his plans to leave the band more than a year ago, and with heavy hearts we began to plan for THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER’s future. We admire that Ryan went to such lengths to make his departure as easy on the band as possible, even going as far as to help us find a talented leadsman in Brandon Ellis — who has been lending us his tremendous guitar skills on the current TBDM tour. Knight is one of my best friends and I wish him the best in everything he does. He will always have a place here in the TBDM family. I look back at our time together with nothing but gratitude.”
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER w/ Fallujah, Disentomb:
4/08/2016 Oddbody’s Music Room – Dayton, OH
4/09/2016 123 Pleasant Street – Morgantown, WV
4/10/2016 The Champ – Harrisburg, PA
4/11/2016 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY
4/13/2016 Higher Ground Side Room – Burlington, VT
4/14/2016 Amity Music Hall – Long Island, NY
4/15/2016 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/16/2016 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
4/17/2016 The Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA
4/18/2016 Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, VA
4/19/2016 Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
4/20/2016 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
4/21/2016 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/22/2016 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
4/23/2016 The Social – Orlando, FL
4/24/2016 High Dive – Gainesville, FL
4/26/2016 926 Lounge – Tallahassee, FL
4/27/2016 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
4/28/2016 Vinyl – Pensacola, FL
4/29/2016 Eastdown – Houston, TX
4/30/2016 Mohawk – Austin, TX
5/01/2016 Jakes – Lubbock, TX
5/03/2016 Phoenix Venue – Albuquerque, NM
5/04/2016 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
5/05/2016 Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ
5/06/2016 Divebar – Las Vegas, NV
5/07/2016 Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
5/08/2016 The Complex – Glendale, CA
5/09/2016 Jerry’s Pizza – Bakersfield, CA
5/10/2016 Strummers – Fresno, CA
5/11/2016 Brick and Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
5/12/2016 Boardwalk – Sacramento, CA
5/13/2016 Analog Theatre – Portland, OR
5/14/2016 The Big Dipper – Spokane, WA
5/15/2016 The Shredder – Boise, ID
5/16/2016 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
5/18/2016 Mesa Theatre – Grand Junction, CO
5/20/2016 The District – Sioux Falls, SD
5/21/2016 Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
5/22/2016 Frequency – Madison, WI
5/23/2016 Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
5/24/2016 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
5/25/2016 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
5/27/2016 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
5/28/2016 Bledfest – Howell, MI