Black Dahlia Change Guitarists


Parting of ways said to be amicable

After releasing their new album, Abysmal, last year to critical acclaim and headlining both part I and part II of the massive IndieMerch Tour, The Black Dahlia Murder has announced another headlining trek – this time, taking the show back to their roots! With Fallujah and Disentomb as support, the band plans to play their first full-length, Unhallowed (2003), in its entirety during the run, performing at intimate venues across the USA that haven’t seen The Black Dahlia Murder since their debut was released!

Trevor Strnad (vocals) comments: “We are very excited to unleash this absolutely crushing line-up upon you all and to play the much requested ‘Unhallowed‘ album in its entirety. The songs are sounding better than ever before, and we can’t wait for you to feast your ears on our debut album as it was meant to be heard. We will also be playing some bangers from our new album, ‘Abysmal‘, and the rest of the catalog…Come out and bring your friends!”

Brandon Ellis will join The Black Dahlia Murder on the road as the band’s touring guitarist and replacement for Ryan Knight, who amicably parted ways with the group. In regards to his departure, Ryan Knight comments: “After nearly 7 years with The Black Dahlia Murder, I feel the time has come for me to step down and focus on other aspects of my life. The decision to leave was very difficult, yet necessary I feel for me to ultimately be happy and keep moving forward. I feel very lucky to have had the best band-mates/crew (past and present) to traverse the world, guzzle beers, and bring the rock with every night…Thank you guys <3, I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to all our fans for being so cool to me over the years, and all the hardworking people over at Metal Blade Records for their support, and general badassery. In the meantime, I’ll still be teaching guitar, working on new music, and just getting pretty domestic in general. Thanks again!”

Trevor Strnad (vocals) adds: “When Ryan first joined the band, he drove from the hospital where his first child had just been born to begin practicing and writing with us, on the eve of the recording of our ‘Deflorate‘ album. In his years with the band, he made a lot of sacrifices to be with us and uphold our insanely demanding touring and recording schedule…He always gave us 100 percent, and for that I thank him. He is an incredible musician and creative force…It was exciting to make new material with him, and his wealth of knowledge has left its stamp on the band’s music forever. I always knew that his time in the band would be limited, and it has now come time for him to go home and be with his family. Ryan, being the stand-up dude that he is, told us of his plans to leave the band more than a year ago, and with heavy hearts we began to plan for The Black Dahlia Murder‘s future. We admire that Ryan went to such lengths to make his departure as easy on the band as possible, even going as far as to help us find a talented leadsman in Brandon Ellis – who has been lending us his tremendous guitar skills on the current TBDM tour…Knight is one of my best friends and I wish him the best in everything he does. He will always have a place here in the TBDM family. I look back at our time together with nothing but gratitude.”

See below for all upcoming tour dates.

The Black Dahlia Murder tour dates
w/ Fallujah, Disentomb

Apr. 8 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s Music Room
Apr. 9 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street
Apr. 10 – Lemoyne, PA – The Champ
Apr. 12 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft
Apr. 13 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (Side Room)
Apr. 14 – Amityville, NY – Amity Music Hall
Apr. 15 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium **New England Metal & Hardcore Fest**
Apr. 16 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
Apr. 17 – Philadelphia, PA – The Voltage Lounge
Apr. 18 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s Live
Apr. 19 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Apr. 20 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
Apr. 21 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Apr. 22 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Apr. 23 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Apr. 24 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
Apr. 26 – Tallahassee, FL – 926 Lounge (formally Pug’s)
Apr. 27 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
Apr. 28 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl
Apr. 29 – Houston, TX – Eastdown
Apr. 30 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
May 1 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe
May 3 – Albuquerque, NM – Blu Phoenix Venue
May 4 – Tucson, AZ – Club XS
May 5 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
May 6 – Las Vegas, NV – Divebar
May 7 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
May 8 – Glendale, CA – The Complex
May 9 – Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
May 10 – Fresno, CA – Strummers
May 11 – San Francisco, CA – Brick and Mortar Music Hall
May 12 – Sacramento, CA – Boardwalk
May 13 – Portland, OR – The Analog Cafe and Theatre
May 14 – Spokane, WA – The Big Dipper
May 15 – Boise, ID – Mardi Gras
May 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
May 18 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre
May 20 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District
May 21 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
May 22 – Madison, WI – Frequency
May 23 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
May 24 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
May 25 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
May 26 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
May 27 – Kent, OH – The Outpost
May 28 – Howell, MI – Bled Fest

The Black Dahlia Murder will be touring in support of Abysmal, which was named one of the best albums of 2015 by Metal Sucks, Metal Injection, Metal Insider, among many others. To preview and purchase “the best death metal of the year” (New Noise Magazine), please visit:

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