On March 7, Attitude Clothing conducted an interview with vocalist Trevor Strnad of Michigan’s unstoppable sons of molten melodic death metal THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER prior to the band’s concert at The Forum in London, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
In a recent interview with Kaaos TV, Strnad stated about THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER‘s upcoming album, “Everblack”, due in June via Metal Blade Records: “The writing was still taken care of Ryan [Knight] and Brian [Eschbach] — the guitar players. It was split pretty much 50/50 — pretty much like ‘Ritual’  was; half the songs by Ryan, half the songs by Brian. I think what Max [Lavelle, bass] brought to this record is a really, really crushing bass sound that’s a little bit new for us, like a little bit more overdriven and distorted and it’s really energetic and heavy as fuck. And Max killed it in the studio; he did great. [New drummer] Alan [Cassidy] also did great. He didn’t really have as much time to study the songs, because he came into the band so quickly, you know what I mean?! We needed him to come on tour with us to take Shannon‘s [Lucas] place, and things worked out so great with him that we asked him to stay. But he had to learn the songs for the album really fast. He was at home in Wyoming playing drums for 10 hours a day, he said, getting prepared for the album. He brought a lot to the drums; he’s a got a really awesome style, I think his fills are bit more busy than Shannon‘s. I think that there’s gonna be some stuff that makes him really stand out and will get people excited about him. ‘Cause I know right now people are, like, ‘Wow, they suffered a huge loss, losing Shannon.’ Shannon is a great drummer, definitely, but he’s gonna like what Alan has done on this record, too; it’s really impressive stuff and I definitely feel like we found the right guy for the band. So his playing is exciting and people are gonna take notice, for sure, as soon as that record drops. And I’m excited to get it out for that reason, you know — to kind of say to everyone, ‘We’re back.’ [laughs]”
Regarding whether drummer Alan Cassidy is now a full-fledged member of THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, Strnad said: “It’s very, very recently we asked him to join [the band as a member] — even after the album [was completed]. But he’s a great dude, great positive energy. He’s young, man — 23 years old — and he’s a monster at the kit. So it’s a good relationship, it’s been a lot of fun, he’s very positive and a really hard worker, and we’ve never had to ask him to do anything twice. He couldn’t have played on the album, he couldn’t have come on the tour if he wouldn’t have been a psychopath workhose, but he really was — he really worked really hard and exceeded our expectations and now he’s here with us and we’re definitely proud to have him.”
On the topic of how “Everblack” compares to “Ritual”, Strnad said: “I think that it kind of took what we learned with ‘Ritual’ and pushed it even further, I think. The biggest change for me, writing ‘Ritual’, was having more surprises in the songs and more dynamics — buildups, some quiet parts, samples, different kinds of instruments incorporated into the album. That has all carried over to this new one. And better solos, more solos, more time to solo. Ryan‘s guitar work on this album is mindblowing. He shocks us, pretty much, every time we come back to do an album with what he’s learned and he really sets the bar high for himself. So there’s definitely some fretboard fireworks on this one. I don’t know, man. People that liked ‘Ritual’, I think they’re gonna love the new one; it’s just us taking it further — darker music, more melody…. The melody that was really prevalent in ‘Ritual’ is there. But there’s also some heavy stuff, too — some slow, MORBID ANGEL-esque kind of slimy stuff. So I think people are gonna be really happy with it… [It’s[ a good mixture of all things DAHLIA. We [wanted to] keep it kind of raw with the mix — not too polished. Keep things sounding ‘real’ — like ‘Ritual’ was; I think that was a good move.”