Origin: Detroit, Michigan, USA  
Genres: Melodic Death Metal
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Page online: May 27, 2004
Last update/review: May 3, 2020

Black Dahlia Murder

Named for a famous murder case in the 1940's, The Black Dahlia Murder is one of the leading bands in the American branch of melodic death metal, adopting the style first pioneered by luminaries such as In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, and At The Gates, highlighted by the versatile vocals of Trevor Strnad. They've recorded for Metal Blade steadily since their debut album (Unhallowed) in 2003 and are one of the label's more succesful acts in recent years.

Recent album: Verminous, released on April 17, 2020.

Current Members

Trevor Strnad

vocals

Brian Eschbach

guitars

Brandon Ellis

guitars (Arsis)

Max Lavelle

bass (ex-Despised Icon)

Alan Cassidy

drums (Slugdge)

Former Members/Guests

John Deering

guitars

John Kempainen

guitars

Ryan Knight

guitars (ex-Arsis)

David Lock

bass

Bart Williams

bass (Necromancing The Stone)

Cory Grady

drums

Zach Gibson

drums (ex-Abigail Williams)

Shannon Lucas

drums (All That Remains, guest for Battlecross, Serpentine Dominion)



Discography



(MCD) A Cold Blooded Epitaph  
2002
  1. The Blackest Incarnation
  2. Closed Casket Requiem
  3. Burning The Hive
  4. ...
  • Trevor Strnad
  • John Deering
  • Brian Eschbach
  • David Lock
  • Cory Grady



Unhallowed  
2003 Metal Blade
  1. Unhallowed
  2. Funeral Thirst
  3. Elder Misanthropy
  4. Contagion
  5. When The Last Grave Has Emptied
  6. Thy Horror Cosmic
  7. The Blackest Incarnation
  8. Hymn For The Wretched
  9. Closed Casket Requiem
  10. Apex
  • Trevor Strnad
  • John Kempainen
  • Brian Eschbach
  • David Lock
  • Cory Grady
2003 Readers' Album #69




Miasma  
2005 Metal Blade
  1. Built For Sin
  2. I'm Charming
  3. Flies
  4. Statutory Ape
  5. Vulgar Picture
  6. Novelty Crosses
  7. Dave Goes to Hollywood
  8. Miscarriage
  9. Spite Suicide
  10. Miasma
  • Trevor Strnad
  • John Kempainen
  • Brian Eschbach
  • David Lock
  • Zach Gibson
2005 Readers' Album #62




Nocturnal  
2007 Metal Blade
  1. Everything Went Black
  2. What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse
  3. Virally Yours
  4. I Worship Only What You Bleed
  5. Nocturnal
  6. Deathmask Divine
  7. Of Darkness Spawned
  8. Climactic Degradation
  9. To a Breathless Oblivion
  10. Warborn
  • Trevor Strnad
  • John Kempainen
  • Brian Eschbach
  • Bart Williams
  • Shannon Lucas
2007 Readers' Album #57




Majesty  VIDEO
2009 Metal Blade



Deflorate  
2009 Metal Blade
  1. Black Valor
  2. Necropolis
  3. A Selection Unnatural
  4. Denounced, Disgraced
  5. Christ Deformed
  6. Death Panorama
  7. Throne Of Lunacy
  8. Eyes Of Thousand
  9. That Which Erodes The Most Tender
  10. I Will Return
  • Trevor Strnad
  • John Kempainen
  • Brian Eschbach
  • Bart Williams
  • Shannon Lucas
2009 Readers' Album #28




Ritual  
2011 Metal Blade
  1. A Shrine to Madness
  2. Moonlight Equilibrium
  3. On Stirring Seas of Salted Blood
  4. Conspiring with the Damned
  5. The Window
  6. Carbonized in Cruciform
  7. Den of the Picquerist
  8. Malenchanments of the Necrosphere
  9. The Grave Robber's Work
  10. The Raven
  11. Great Burning Nullifier
  12. Blood in the Ink
  • Trevor Strnad
  • Brian Eschbach
  • Ryan Knight
  • Bart Williams
  • Shannon Lucas
2011 Readers' Album #99




Everblack  
2013 Metal Blade
  1. In Hell Is Where She Waits for Me
  2. Goat of Departure
  3. Into the Everblack
  4. Raped in Hatred by Vines of Thorn
  5. Phantom Limb Masturbation
  6. Control
  7. Blood Mine
  8. Every Rope a Noose
  9. Their Beloved Absentee
  10. Map of Scars
  • Trevor Strnad
  • Brian Eschbach
  • Ryan Knight
  • Max Lavelle
  • Alan Cassidy



Fool 'Em All  VIDEO
2014 Metal Blade



Abysmal  
2015
  1. Receipt
  2. Vlad, Son of the Dragon
  3. Abysmal
  4. Re-Faced
  5. Threat Level No. 3
  6. The Fog
  7. Stygiophobic
  8. Asylum
  9. The Advent
  10. That Cannot Die Which Eternally Is Dead
  • Trevor Strnad
  • Brian Eschbach
  • Ryan Knight
  • Max Lavelle
  • Alan Cassidy



Nightbringers  
2017 Metal Blade
  1. Widowmaker
  2. Of God And Serpent, Of Spectre And Snake
  3. Matriarch
  4. Nightbringers
  5. Jars
  6. Kings Of The Nightworld
  7. Catacomb Hecatomb
  8. As Good As Dead
  9. The Lonely Deceased
  • Trevor Strnad
  • Brian Eschbach
  • Brandon Ellis
  • Max Lavelle
  • Alan Cassidy



Verminous  
2020 Metal Blade
  1. Verminous
  2. Godlessly
  3. Removal of the Oaken Stake
  4. Child of Night
  5. Sunless Empire
  6. The Leather Apron's Scorn
  7. How Very Dead
  8. The Wereworm's Feast
  9. A Womb in Dark Chrysalis (Interlude)
  10. Dawn of Rats
  • Trevor Strnad
  • Brian Eschbach
  • Brandon Ellis
  • Max Lavelle
  • Alan Cassidy




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