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The Black Dahlia Murder


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Michigan, United States (2000 – present)

The Black Dahlia Murder are a band from Waterford, Michigan, formed in 2000. Their band name is derived from the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred to as; Black Dahlia, Black Dahlia Murder or BDM.

Current Line-Up:
Trevor Strnad – lead vocals (2000–present)
Brian Eschbach – guitar, (2001–present)
Ryan Knight – guitar (2008–present) (ex-Arsis)
Ryan Williams – bass guitar (2005–present)
Shannon Lucas – drums, percussion (2007–present) (ex-All That Remains)

The Black Dahlia Murder gained their final band line-up in January 2001 and released their first demo entitled What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse, and a four-track EP, A Cold-Blooded Epitaph, the latter of which the group released on its own Lovelost Records. After appearing in concerts such as the Milwaukee Metal Fest, The Black Dahlia Murder signed to Metal Blade Records in 2003.

The band played in Ozzfest 2005 and also participated in the Sounds of the Underground tour in 2006, which encompasses both the United States and Canada. They also played at Wacken Open Air in 2007.

Current bassist Bart Williams left his former band, Detroit’s Today I Wait, to tour with the Black Dahlia Murder. After touring with the band on their co-headlining gig with Throwdown and their European dates with Liar, he joined the group full-time, replacing former bassist David Lock. Frontman Trevor Strnad said that Lock was fired for incompetency. Williams was one of two engineers (the other being Walls of Jericho’s Mike Hasty) on the band’s first full-length album, Unhallowed.


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  • spineshank155

    Yeah maybe, though In Flames, At the Gates and Dark Tranquillity contributed to making melodeath more mainstream. Metalcore, particularly the more recent bands (not the original metalcore bands) that use melodeath as an influence. Probably why i like All that Remains and As I Lay Dying.

    18 Apr 2:32am Reply
  • bobo9390

    Melodeath came first, but metalcore made melodeath popular.

    17 Apr 10:55pm Reply
  • HavikK

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    10 Apr 4:15am Reply
  • super-pangolin

    "melodic death metal is just a nice way of saying metalcore" Wow, that was a fairly stupid thing to say. Are you proud of that?

    8 Apr 7:35am Reply
  • undeadxchild

    TBDM > metalcore. Period.

    1 Apr 1:05am Reply
  • bobo9390

    The best way I'd sum it up is that they are a death metal band comprised of a bunch of metalcore kids. Which explains why they have fans in both scene. Of course, I'm not implying one of those genres is better than the other. Because I really don't think that's true.

    29 Mar 8:24pm Reply
  • spineshank155

    lol this discussion is still going on. I haven't heard the early demos, at least for a very long time. I just don't hear any metalcore in their albums.

    29 Mar 12:59am Reply
  • bobo9390

    Metalcore's not a dirty word anyway. It's just another metal subgenre.

    27 Mar 9:16pm Reply
  • The5thcolum

    I like TBDM. But i'm not going to defend them from those who call them "core" or support those who call them "not core". The simple fact is that bands like At The Gates and Carcass are the ones who inspired and spawned a shitload of these types of bands. TBDM stay true to metal. I doubt we'll ever hear them have a shitty clean-vocal part or simple-as-fuck breakdown that the "core" kids can mosh to. If they are metal-core, then they are one of the best, if not the best, at it.

    17 Mar 2:39am Reply
  • Mechayoshi

    v me pm me if it's not too late?

    13 Mar 8:58pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    lol people in big time denial. go back to your bongs. i still a copy of nocturnal and a VG+ copy of unhallowed for sale, $5 each postage included to usa. someone bought the miasma copy last week.

    21 Feb 9:19pm Reply
  • Aurwandil

    My fave albums are 1. Nocturnal, 2. Ritual, 3. Everblack

    17 Feb 7:43am Reply
  • Julian1666

    I don't know if I should write "who cares if they are metalcore, just shut up and listen to it" or "They aren't metalcore, Trivium and All That Remains are metalcore". So there, I said both

    11 Feb 3:01pm Reply
  • Registeel

    All their albums are so good!

    11 Feb 5:34am Reply
  • Meresz

    Unhallowed, Miasma and Nocturnal are their best. The rest of their albums are just shit to me [2] EXACTLY!! And Everblack is biggest shit ever in his discography. John Kempainen fucking missing :((

    9 Feb 1:27pm Reply
  • MikeWdamn

    Unhallowed, Miasma and Nocturnal are their best. The rest of their albums are just shit to me.

    9 Feb 5:30am Reply
  • ossum

    everblack is probably their best one for me....all their albums are great though

    8 Feb 5:39am Reply
  • DonDonald

    I have evidence they aren't metalcore: I hate metalcore, I love TBDM. End of story.

    7 Feb 4:02pm Reply
  • metalsux

    yep they're metalcore. melodic death metal is just a nice way of saying metalcore. who gives a fuck what genre they play you butthurt homo's

    27 Jan 6:49am Reply
  • versionfiv

    actually their demo What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse is metalcore and The Hive from A Cold Blooded Epitaph EP is metalcore. you guys think Through the eyes of the dead are death metal, too, huh?

    26 Jan 2:05am Reply
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