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Interview:
Black Dahlia Murder probes rituals on new album
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Ten years after forming in Waterford Township, the death metal group Black Dahlia Murder is not only still around but thriving — its fifth album, “Ritual,” debuted at No. 31 on the Billboard 200 in June, the quintet’s highest chart position yet.



And rest assured that the band is not too hip for success.



“We had the vision that we wanted to take the band to more people, that we wanted to have something bigger than just playing at the crappy a** local bar,” notes frontman Trevor Strnad. “Being a metal band, I think, is being an underdog. To play music you know is not digestible on purpose, to preach to a certain kind of depraved person. ... It’s a lofty goal to have anyone want to hear what we have to say.



“We’ve been really, really lucky, but at the same time we’re always looking to the future and trying to do what we do better and better.”



With “Ritual,” however, Strnad feels that the band has “really nailed it even harder than we have before” — not bad for the first time he and his mates stepped out with a concept and them in mind.



“The whole thread of the songs is more tied together than ever before,” Strnad explains. “ ‘Ritual’ just lends itself to that — it’s mysticism and magic and all of that. Everyone has an association with some kind of ritual, so we just thought it was the next logical step for us and our music.”



The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel and others perform on Friday, Aug. 5, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets are $24.50. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.



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