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Formed: 2000
From: Detroit, MI, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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The Black Dahlia Murder Announces New Drummer

Following a lengthy search, The Black Dahlia Murder has announced the addition of drummer Shannon Lucas to their line-up. Lucas has previously done time in All That Remains, among other bands. Here's a statement from the group:

"Well, after 4 and a half months of grueling searching we are extremely happy to announce that Shannon Lucas has joined the Black Dahlia fold. He is an extremely sick player, as many of you already know, and we can't wait to do the next album together. We also would like to thank everyone that tried out for the band, we had the chance to jam with some amazing dudes throughout the process."

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New England Metal and Hardcore Fest Lineup

The lineup has been announced for this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The event will be headlined by black metal act Dimmu Borgir and feature performances from Bury Your Dead, Kylesa, The Devil Wears Prada, 100 Demons, Nora, The Human Abstract, Death Before Dishonor, Dead Hearts, Unearth, Shai Hulud and many more.

The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival take place at the Palladium, located at 261 Main Street in Worcester, Mass.

The full lineup is as follows (in no particular order): More...

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Metal's Darkside Vol. 2 Details and E-card

On this the 2nd volume of Metal’s Dark Side, sexy host Jasmin St. Claire guides you through even more uncensored videos, intense interviews, and extreme bonus footage. From back stage at the Key Club in L.A., to the NAMM Music Conference and other major summer music festivals, St. Claire invades the minds of metal legends such as Rick Hunolt & Gary Holt (Exodus), Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy), Paul Romanko & Brian Fair (Shadows Fall), Trevor Strand & Brian Eschbach (The Black Dahlia Murder) and more.

The track listing follows:

  • Shadows Fall - Interview with Paul Romanko & Brian Fair

  • Suffocation - Interview with Terrance Hobbs & Frank Mullen Suffocation - Video: “Surgery Of Impalement”

  • Exodus - Interview with Rick Hunolt & Gary Holt Exodus - Video: “War Is My Shepherd”

  • Deconstruct - Interview with Vanessa, Joe & Skitz Deconstruct - Live Footage: “Deeper Down”

  • The Black Dahlia Murder - Interview with Trevor Strand & Brian Eschbach

  • Arch Enemy - Interview with Sharlee D’Angelo

Bonus Footage:

  • Fight Paris - Video: “Complete Heat”

  • Firewind - Video: “Tyranny”

  • Suffocation - Bonus Interview

The DVD, which runs 71 minutes total, was slated to hit the streets January 30. An e-card for "Metal's Darkside Vol. 2 - The Deeply Disturbed" has also been posted online.

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Iced Earth Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

ICED EARTH is the latest act confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2007, scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

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Wacken Open Air 2007 Confirm Lordi and Mendeed

LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.


More details as they become available.

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More Additions To Party.San Open Air

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, RED HARVEST and GRAVE have been confirmed for have been confirmed for this year's edition of the Party.San Open Air festival, set to take place August 9-11, 2007 in Bad Berka, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Finntroll Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the tenth-anniversary edition of Germany's Summer Breeze festival, set to take place August 16-18, 2007 in Dinkelsbühl. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Crematory Confirmed For Summer Breeze Festival

German gothic metallers CREMATORY are the latest act confirmed for the 10th Anniversary of Germany's Summer Breeze Festival, which scheduled for August 16th - 18th in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Acts now confirmed for Summer Breeze 2007 include: More...

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Black Dahlia Murder Looking For Another Drummer?

Justin Donnelly of The Metal Forge recently conducted an interview with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER guitarist Brian Eschbach. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On how well the current incarnation of the band is holding up on the road:

"It's pretty gruelling on the road sometimes, and since the release of 'Miasma', we've hardly been home for any great length of time. Sometimes it is a hard road, and other times it's not. It takes a certain type of person to do this full-time. If you can go without a lot of things, you can do this touring thing very easily. But if you're after security, it's not particularly the right place to be in. We made the couple of newer members (bassist Bart Williams and drummer Pierre Langlois) we found join the band as permanent members back in April. Prior to that, they had been playing with us for the whole year pretty much. So since April, things were looking pretty solid for the band. That was until recently. We'll be probably looking for another drummer pretty soon, because Langlois is not exactly into doing the whole road thing. Our previous drummers (Cory Grady and Zach Gibson) were let go because they weren't taking the band as seriously as the rest of the other band members were. This time it just happens to be different. We're extremely happy with the way Langlois plays. We wished that this was something that he really wanted to do, but it would seem that he would rather go home and be a civilian. It hasn't been made official yet, but between all of us in the band, it's been the hot topic of conversations with him. I think after being on a pretty regular tour schedule, he knows what this life is like, and he doesn't really want that. We'll just have to see what happens."

On plans to write and record a new CD:

"After we're finished doing the dates down there in Australia, we'll be off the road until we put out a new album. We plan to head into the studio in March. At this point, we have a lot of ideas, along with a couple of songs pieced together. It's hard to tell people that they shouldn't expect anything too different, because that's exactly what I would have told them leading up to the release of 'Miasma' after 'Unhallowed'. But then a lot of people have told me countless times that they're two extremely different albums. So I don't think I would be able to give you a good statement anyway! (Laughs) I think there's an element of progression from our last album in a sound sense. But again, it's hard to tell you much at this stage. We're just doing what we do, and trying to create better songs. Hopefully there will be some progression there. We just hope to write some songs that we really like, and songs that fans will enjoy once the new album is out. That's all we can do."

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The Black Dahlia Murder To Head Down Under

Fresh off the very successful Hatebreed tour where The Black Dahlia Murder was direct support and an incredible set at LOUD PARK Festival in Japan where the band played in front of over 7,000 kids; BDM are now preparing to take their ferocious live set down under to promote their sophomore album Miasma to their Aussie fans. Once the band returns from Australia they will head home to continue working on their 3rd full length release which will be out the summer of 2007. In other news the band’s final video for the album Miasma is Statutory Ape, just made its premier on Saturday 10/21 on Headbangers Ball. If you missed HBB this last weekend you can go to YouTube.com or Yahoo.com to catch the band slaying the audience at Sounds of the Underground and running amuck with The Ape!

Here’s what madman and death metal vocalist extraordinaire Trevor Strnad had to say about the tour with Hatebreed, the band’s set in Japan, and the premier of their latest video Statutory Ape.

“The Hatebreed tour was indeed a lot of fun and was a brutal package. All five of the bands were very cool guys and we had an absolute blast touring with them… Although Jamey Jasta almost poisoned Brian and I with his heavy handed bar tending skills. Oh and we love Gary Holt in a very platonic metal-man way.

As for our stop in Japan, it was an honor to be playing at the biggest metal festival of all time in Japan. The reaction was something that we never could have expected. The energy of the crowd was unbelievable and it was great to feel so much metal in the air in one place. We can’t wait to come back to Japan and follow up this successful performance.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Statutory Ape video that we shot this summer on the Sounds of the underground tour. You can see how much fun we had on the tour as well as our honorary mascot The Ape. The video will premier this weekend on Headbangers Ball and is also available on YouTube.com and Yahoo.com so check it out.”

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First Bands For Next Year's Wacken Revealed

CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, RAGE, TYR, JBO and AMORPHIS have been confirmed for next year's installment of the cult Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Nuclear Blast Prepare Monsters of Metal 5

Nuclear Blast will be issuing the latest iteration in their annual 2-DVD set "Monsters Of Metal, Vol. 5" on October 17th. The latest will feature videos from Mastodon, Unearth, Shadows Fall, The Black Dahlia Murder, In Flames Dimmu Borgir and various others.

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Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Dahlia In Dirt Fest

The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, The Black Dahlia Murder, Fear Before The March Of Flames, Daughters and many more will be appearing at this years "Dirt Fest", which will take place on August 19th in Birch Run, MI. More details on that can be found at www.dirtfest.com.

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More Hatebreed, Napalm Death Dates

More dates have been released for the upcoming tour featuring HATEBREED, NAPALM DEATH, EXODUS, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DESPISED ICON, and FIRST BLOOD:

September 3 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium*
September 4 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx*
September 5 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
September 6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
September 8 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
September 10 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom*
September 14 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
September 15 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
September 16 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
September 17 - Huntington, WV @ Huntington Music Hall
September 19 - Chcicago, IL @ House of Blues
September 20 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
September 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ @ Eagles Club

* = have since been removed from where the date was originally listed.

An official/complete list of dates is expected to be revealed shortly.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Post Australia Tour Dates

Detroit, Michigan-based melodic death metallers THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will tour Australia for the first time in November. The dates are as follows:

Nov. 07 - Amplifier Bar – Perth, AUS
Nov. 08 - Uni Bar – Adelaide, AUS
Nov. 09 - The Corner Hotel - Melbourne, AUS
Nov. 10 - Gaelic Club - Sydney, AUS
Nov. 11 - HMB Basement Bar - Brisbane, AUS

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER's most recent album, "Miasma", was released in July 2005 via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded with Eric Rachel (NORA, ATREYU, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, BURNT BY THE SUN, EVERY TIME I DIE, GOD FORBID) and Andreas Magnusson (formerly of SCARLET) at Trax East studios in New Jersey.

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Hatebreed Plan Headlining Tour After Ozzfest

Hatebreed will headline a full U.S. tour set to commence in September and run through October. The bill will feature support from the Black Dahlia Murder throughout, plus Napalm Death, Exodus, First Blood and Despised Icon. "We've never gone out on a headline run immediately following Ozzfest, and we've always wanted to, and we always felt we needed to, but there were always plans that superseded that," frontman Jamey Jasta said. "We're taking out a very extreme bill. We're going to call it maybe the Monsters of Mosh, something crazy like that. But it will be a good way for us to give back to the underground, extreme scenes, and also for us to go out and headline for the first time in a long, long time and do a full hour-and-a-half set with our new staging and new gear."

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TTEOTD Announce One-Off Shows During SOTU 2006

Through the Eyes of the Dead have announced some one-off shows they'll be playing with As I Lay Dying, The Black Dahlia Murder, Terror, and Evergreen Terrace in between Sounds of the Underground 2006 tour dates. In the meantime, TTEOTD is taking some well-deserved time off before hitting the road with Terror prior to heading out on SotU.

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Machine Head To Play Select Dates On SOTU Tour

Machine Head, Converge, Vision of Disorder, Horse the Band and other special guests have been added to select dates on the Sounds of the Underground tour, featuring As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot, Through the Eyes of the Dead and Evergreen Terrace.

The tour, which represents some of the best independent-minded music available today, begins appropriately over the Independence Day holiday week, on July 8 in Cleveland and runs through August 12 winding up in Universal City, California.

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Light This City Announce Summer Tour Dates

Bay Area thrashers LIGHT THIS CITY will be touring heavily this summer in anticipation of the band's forthcoming record. The band will hit the road beginning July 14 with Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Too Pure To Die, and Nights Like These, wrapping up in early September.

The follow-up to 2005's 'Remains of the Gods' is currently scheduled for a Sept. 12 release through Prosthetic Records. Having returned to the studio in March, LIGHT THIS CITY again met up at Castle Ultimate Studios in Emeryville, CA with producer Zach Ohren (Animosity, All Shall Perish) for recording and have enlisted Mario Garza (Hell Within, He Is Legend) of Robot Plague for the album's artwork. Both assisted in the recording and designing for 'Remains of the Gods,' as well. The Black Dahlia Murder's Trevor Strnad makes a guest vocal appearance on a song from the new record called "Fear of Heights."

LIGHT THIS CITY on tour: More...

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Abigail Williams Working w/ Ex-BDM Drummer

Arizona-based extreme metal band ABIGAIL WILLIAMS have issued the following update:

"We are now gearing up to record our first full-length CD for Candlelight Records, which we think will hit stores in the fall. Right now we are currently hammering out pre-production demos and putting the final touches on some new songs. We are also happy to announce that we are working with drummer Zach Gibson (GUTROT, IN BATTLE ARRAY, ex-BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) for the album as well as some upcoming tour stuff. We will be busy rehearsing with this dude this month until early June and then it's off to the studio."

According to a recent press release, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS "take their influences from the best of the best from the old and the new and blend it into a unique and multifaceted hybrid. They have the groove and melody of the Gothenburg-style death metal, the face smashing breakdowns of the hardcore scene topped with the bombastic and epic approach favoured by the frostbitten black metal hordes. Starting only in the summer of 2005, a home recorded demo was put together to showcase the songs Ken Sorceron [vocals, guitar] had written over the years and featured Ashley Jurgemeyer on piano/keys. Connor Woods laid down the vocals and before long the demo, dubbed 'Gallow Hill', was born. These songs were distributed on the Internet via band pages set up on MySpace and PureVolume and, purely by word of mouth, resulted in an astonishing quarter of a million plays in just six months! Inspired by the response to his music, Ken put a full line up together featuring some ex-members of the Metal Blade act VEHEMENCE and started to play local shows with a view to branching out further. Unfortunately this line-up didn't work out and soon Ken was back working solely with Ashley. Local guitarist Brad Riffs was found and a new demo song, entitled 'Watchtower', was recorded with Ken now also taking up the vocal role. Throughout the line-up changes and everything else, Candlelight Records were waiting in the wings and watching developments with bated breath. Once the new stable line-up was put into place, a multi-album, worldwide deal was signed."

ABIGAIL WILLIAMS's upcoming CD will be recorded with the legendary James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) at his new Florida-based production facility. ABIGAIL WILLIAMS look forward to hitting the road with a vengeance in the later part of 2006, including a prestigious slot on one of the EMPEROR reunion shows and a U.K. tour with friends SUICIDE SILENCE.

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