I never knew The Black Dahlia Murder released all of their albums exclusively via Metal Blade Records. Longevity with just one label is truly rare in this age and is an accomplishment the band should be very proud of.

The Black Dahlia Murder is a melodic death metal band from Michigan. Formed in 2001, the name is based on the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short.

Known as the Black Dahlia. The details surrounding Short’s gruesome murder, her body was found bisected at the waist, has cast a long-lasting shadow of cultural intrigue in America. Generating various theories and fueling a seemingly never-ending public speculation. Her life and subsequent demise has been the basis of numerous books and films. The murder is frequently cited as one of the most prolific unsolved cases in American history.

My relationship with The Black Dahlia Murder has always been debatable. While I’ve always appreciated their artistry, it is hard for me to consider them a trendsetting act. I own several Black Dahlia albums; my favorite will always be 2005’s Miasma.

A lyrically punishing album, this is the only Black Dahlia work I still jam regularly. This release generated three brutal music videos: “Statutory Ape”, “A Vulgar Picture”, and “Miasma”. In my mind, this is the record that put The Black Dahlia Murder in the public eye, a spotlight they continue to hold to this day.

“Miasma” is my favorite track on the album and by far the best music video. I’ve always appreciated the light-hearted take of the band on the ‘Las Vegas strip’ enjoying drinks and comradery. It’s always been the perfect contrast to the intense subject-matter explored lyrically. We all know Las Vegas is a place where the city can eat you alive. The ending shots of the band digging a shallow grave has always seemed eerily fitting, I personally will never forget it.

I never knew The Black Dahlia Murder released all of their albums exclusively via Metal Blade Records. Longevity with just one label is truly rare in this age and is an accomplishment the band should be very proud of.

The passing of Trevor Strnad came as a shock to me. He was a front man I always felt I’d have a lot in common with. Heavy Metal and Horror movies are a passion of mine and I have a feeling, had we met, we’d have a lot to talk about. While it’s impossible to know what’s going on in another person’s brain, I truly hope he’s found a better place of existence.

As we age, part of our maturity includes the loss of our heroes. The people who form a guiding light, the flashes we’ve looked up to in life. These are the lighthouses who help affirm our own being. Trevor Strnad has been that to many and I know that guidance will still live on in the legacy he has left behind. \m/

The Black Dahlia Murder (2005):

  • Trevor Strnad – Vocals
  • Brian Eschbach – Guitar
  • John Kempainen – Guitar
  • David Lock – Bass
  • Zach Gibson – Drums
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