The Black Dahlia Murder To Return With New Lineup, Announce Trevor Strnad Tribute Show

The Black Dahlia Murder have confirmed that they are planning to move forward following the death of their frontman Trevor Strnad. Guitarist Brian Eschbach will now be taking on vocals for the band, while Ryan Knight will be returning on guitar. The new lineup will be paying tribute to Strnad during a special show with Darkest Hour and Plague Years at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, MI on October 28.

Eschbach told Decibel Magazine the following about their decision to continue:

“We spent many days thinking things like, ‘Is this over?’ None of us wanted it to be over. We still feel like there is a lot left to do. I know Trevor would keep this band going if I went down a deep, dark path and weren’t here. It’s bigger than us. When we finally started talking about it, we thought, ‘Let’s remake it from within and see if Ryan wants to return.

And I’ll take a crack on the vocals and see how it goes.’ I can’t go out there and do Trevor’s voice or try to be him. I can only execute the music of The Black Dahlia Murder with respect and try to do it the most justice I can. I’ve heard Trevor perform more than anyone else alive.”

Knight also commented:

“The time I’ve spent with this band is the best time I’ve ever had. Being away has given me a lot of time to reflect, and it always occurred to me that being in BDM is the best use of my time. I’ve thought a lot about the band while I was away and realized how much value this band has. I almost feel like I let some opportunities slip, being away from the band. So, it feels great to be back and like everything has come full circle. I’ve realized how much I love being in this band.”

Guitarist Brandon Ellis continued:

“It was the only way it could work. Brian has been the president and mastermind of the band from the beginning. He’s our leader. For him to take over as the face and frontman of the band is the only option. We are all so thankful that there is a path that seems to make sense.

Because if we don’t continue this band, all of this music and all of these songs—everything we worked on with Trevor for over 21 years—just goes away. That didn’t seem like an option. This is the only way forward that is authentic, respectful and genuine. We have five guys that are and have been The Black Dahlia Murder. No one on the planet knows this band like Brian.”

Ellis also had the following to say about losing Strnad:

“People felt like, ‘This guy sees who I am and we are friends forever now.’ The next time he saw them, he would remember exactly who they were and what they talked about. People just felt this intense connection to him. When one of your friends dies, you go through all of these things in your head. I wondered if I was more like Trevor if he would still be around.

Maybe he would have known how appreciated he was. You always hear people saying, ‘Check on your friends,’ or ‘Tell people you love them.’ Everyone just goes back to their life. I’ve learned something from this and will forever be a different person. Everyone needs to realize life is fragile.

Your friends might be struggling, and you might not even know it or understand it. But you can still help. If there is any way that this tragedy can help move forward, it’s understanding that this guy was such a positive force in people’s lives and uplifted people’s lives. But even he was struggling.”

Eschbach added:

“I don’t have any doubts about what we’re doing. We are making the best out of a shitty, horrible situation. We are the people to do it. It’s always a challenge to write a new album, but it will be a different challenge this time to keep this legacy alive without Trevor. We aren’t going to start writing a bunch of political songs.

In the early days, we would always talk about horror comics. We wanted to tell dark and scary stories. That was the foundation of it, and will stay the same. [Second-guessing] is going to happen. We’re a big band. Some people will reject it just hearing about it, but this is just something we have to do. This is us, and we can’t stop it. If that bums them out, well, that bums us out, too. But we can’t stop doing it.”

The Black Dahlia Murder’s Alan Cassidy Reflects On The Band’s Final Tour With The Late Trevor Strnad

The Black Dahlia Murder drummer Alan Cassidy has taken to social media to reflect on the first anniversary of the band’s “Up From The Sewer” tour, which kicked off in September 2021. Sadly, the trek ended up being the group’s last with their late frontman Trevor Strnad.

Cassidy said the following:

“It’s been a year since I was last on tour with my band. This was the start of “getting back to normal” and getting back into the routine but it wasn’t. We played huge rooms every night with new and old friends in the bands on the package and had a better than expected tour selling out half of it by the end that left us feeling in our element and on top of the world.

We got to play our new material for the first time on a tour, hang with friends we hadn’t seen in almost 2 years, hang together as a band smoking, snacking, listening to music, and joking as usual. We got to have our pre show “sippin’ time” warm up hangs with Trevor providing the pre show motivational music. We had our first band DMT experience in Vegas, and some good day off hangs and family dinners.

There were a lot of great experiences, memories, and friends made from that run. So many unpredictable things out of our control have happened since then that none of us could have seen coming but the things we could do I think we took advantage of: Enjoying our time together and letting each other know we loved each other. As cheesy as it sounds it was important because we didn’t have those next tours together and didn’t see one another until May when we found out about Trevor.

2022 was nothing like what we expected but neither was this tour and it ended up being one of the best and most appreciated tours getting to do what we love again with the people we love and having familiar but new experiences together. I only wish I would have taken more pictures and video and really taken in every second of it even more. You never know what will happen and only now do I understand that’s why it’s so important that we enjoy what we have when we have it and let those people we love know it as well. #theblackdahliamurder #family #upfromthesewertour”

[via The PRP]

New Benefit Shirt Launched For The Late Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)

A new benefit shirt has been launched for The Black Dahlia Murder’s Trevor Strnad, who recently passed away at the age of 41. Fans can purchase the shirt HERE. The band issued the following statement:

“We thank all Trevor‘s friends, family, and The Black Dahlia Murder fans around the world for the massive outpouring of support during this time. The Strnad family has approved this official memorial t-shirt in his honor. All proceeds will help his family cover expenses incurred by Trevor‘s death and benefit the Common Ground Resource & Crisis Center. Tees are available now from Night Shift in the US, Probity in the UK & Direct Merch in Australia. Special thanks to Mark Riddick (illustration), Nathaniel Shannon (photograph) & Spearhead Illustration (logo) for generously donating the art for this t-shirt.”

The Black Dahlia Murder’s Brandon Ellis And Alan Cassidy Pay Tribute To The Late Trevor Strnad

The Black Dahlia Murder drummer Alan Cassidy and guitarist Brandon Ellis have paid tribute to their late frontman Trevor Strnad. Cassidy tweeted the following:

Ellis shared a separate post on Instagram:

The Black Dahlia Murder Frontman Trevor Strnad Passes Away

The Black Dahlia Murder frontman Trevor Strnad has sadly passed away. The band confirmed the heartbreaking news with the following statement:

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad. Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him. A walking encyclopedia of all things music. He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255″

The Black Dahlia Murder Announce August European/UK Tour

The Black Dahlia Murder have announced an August European/UK tour. The trek will include headlining shows and festival dates.

Tour Dates:

08/03 Munchen, GER – Free & Easy Festival
08/04 Rasnov, ROM – Rockstad Extreme
08/05 Tampere, FIN – Saarihelveti
08/06 Villena, SPA – Leyendas del Rock
08/09 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault
08/10 Wien, AUT – Szene
08/11 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos-saal
08/12 Trier, GER – Mergener HOF
08/13 Kortrijk, BEL – Alcatraz Festival
08/14 Derbyshire, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
08/16 Poznan, POL – B17
08/17 Wroclaw, POL – A2
08/18 Jena, GER – F-Haus
08/19 Sulingen, GER – Reload Festival
08/20 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo Metalfest

Crown The Empire Added To Select Dates Of Parkway Drive’s Spring North American Tour

Crown The Empire have been added to the last five dates on Parkway Drive’s spring tour with Hatebreed and The Black Dahlia Murder. The band will be taking over for Stick To Your Guns, who will not be appearing at those shows.

Tour Dates:

With Stick To Your Guns:

05/08 Baltimore, MD – UMBC Event Center
05/09 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
05/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/11 Columbus, OH – Kemba Live!
05/13 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
05/14 Worcester, MA – Palladium Outdoors
05/16 Montreal, QC – Place Bell (feat. Knocked Loose) (no Hatebreed)
05/17 Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach (feat. Knocked Loose) (no Hatebreed)
05/19 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
05/20 Daytona, FL – Welcome To Rockville
05/22 Charlotte, NC – Metro Credit Union
05/23 Cincinnati, OH – Ovation
05/24 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Outdoors
05/25 Chicago, IL – Wintrust Arena
05/26 St. Louis, MO – The Factory
05/28 Dallas, TX – So What?! Festival
05/29 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Outside

With Crown The Empire:

05/31 Wichita, KS – Wave
06/01 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
06/03 Las Vegas, NV – Theater at Virgin Hotels
06/04 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory (‘Viva Socal‘)
06/05 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield

Knocked Loose To Replace Hatebreed On Canadian Dates Of Parkway Drive’s Upcoming Tour

Hatebreed will no longer be joining Parkway Drive, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Stick To Your Guns on the Canadian dates of their upcoming tour. Knocked Loose will now be taking their place.

Tour Dates:

05/08 Baltimore, MD – UMBC Event Center
05/09 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
05/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/11 Columbus, OH – Kemba Live!
05/13 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
05/14 Worcester, MA – Palladium Outdoors
05/16 Montreal, QC – Place Bell (feat. Knocked Loose) (no Hatebreed)
05/17 Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach (feat. Knocked Loose) (no Hatebreed)
05/19 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
05/20 Daytona, FL – Welcome To Rockville
05/22 Charlotte, NC – Metro Credit Union
05/23 Cincinnati, OH – Ovation
05/24 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Outdoors
05/25 Chicago, IL – Wintrust Arena
05/26 St. Louis, MO – The Factory
05/28 Dallas, TX – So What?! Festival
05/29 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Outside
05/31 Wichita, KS – Wave (no Stick To Your Guns)
06/01 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom (no Stick To Your Guns)
06/03 Las Vegas, NV – Theater at Virgin Hotels (no Stick To Your Guns)
06/05 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield (no Stick To Your Guns)

Parkway Drive Announce North American Tour With Hatebreed, The Black Dahlia Murder, & Stick To Your Guns

Parkway Drive have announced a headlining North American tour. Hatebreed, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Stick To Your Guns will open.

Tour Dates:

05/08 Baltimore, MD – UMBC Event Center
05/09 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
05/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
05/11 Columbus, OH – Kemba Live!
05/13 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
05/14 Worcester, MA – Palladium Outdoors
05/15 Montreal, QC – TBA
05/17 Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach
05/19 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
05/20 Daytona, FL – Welcome To Rockville
05/22 Charlotte, NC – Metro Credit Union
05/23 Cincinnati, OH – Ovation
05/24 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s Outdoors
05/25 Chicago, IL – Wintrust Arena
05/26 St. Louis, MO – The Factory
05/28 Dallas, TX – So What?! Festival
05/29 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Outside
05/31 Wichita, KS – Wave (no Stick To Your Guns)
06/01 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom (no Stick To Your Guns)
06/03 Las Vegas, NV – Theater at Virgin Hotels (no Stick To Your Guns)
06/04 So-Cal, CA – TBA (no Stick To Your Guns)
06/05 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield (no Stick To Your Guns)

The Black Dahlia Murder Cancel European/UK Tour With Rings Of Saturn & Viscera

The Black Dahlia Murder have officially cancelled their European/UK tour with Rings Of Saturn and Viscera. The band issued the following statement:

“Due to rising uncertainty, we must regrettably cancel our European tour that was set for early 2022. We apologize to everyone that was looking forward to welcoming us back, but we will return.”