The Black Dahlia Murder Announce 2016 North American ‘Unhallowed’ Tour, Part Ways With Guitarist Ryan Knight
The Black Dahlia Murder are one of the most exciting bands to enter the death metal fold in the new millennium. Now 15 years removed from their first demo, the band is touting their seventh record, Abysmal, but will take a step back on their upcoming tour.
Celebrating the 13th anniversary of their debut album, Unhallowed, the frenetic group will perform the record in full with technical death metallers Fallujah and Australian brutal death metal outfit Disentomb serving as support on the lengthy trek. The announcement is tempered though with disappointing news as guitarist Ryan Knight has left the band after seven years.
The tour will kick off on April 8 in Dayton, Ohio and come to an end of May 28 in Howell, Mich. at the Bled Fest. "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," exclaimed vocalist Trevor Strnad. "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," continued the vocalist. "We will also be playing some bangers from our new album, Abysmal, and the rest of the catalog... Come out and bring your friends!"
Joining the Black Dahlia Murder for the tour in place of Ryan Knight will be Brandon Ellis of Arsis (the band Knight left to join the Black Dahlia Murder) and Cannabis Corpse. Commenting on his decision to leave the band, Knight stated,
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!
Strnad went on to thank Knight for all of his hard work over the years, explaining how he drove from the hospital after being present for the birth of his first child to go practice with the band the night before they prepared to hit the studio to record Deflorate. The vocalist also revealed the departure has been in the works for quite some time, adding, "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..."
In closing, Strnad threw in a personal touch, saying, "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."
The band has been out touring in support of their latest album, Abysmal, all over the world. The record netted the Black Dahlia Murder their fourth consecutive disc charting inside the Top 50 on the Billboard 200, a trajectory launched from the Unhallowed debut.
The Black Dahlia Murder, Fallujah, Disentomb 2016 Tour Dates
4/08 - Dayton, Ohio @ Oddbody's Music Room
4/09 - Morgantown, W.V. @ 123 Pleasant Street
4/10 - Lemoyne, Pa. @ The Champ
4/12 - Poughkeepsie, N.Y. @ The Loft
4/13 - Burlington, Vt. @ Higher Ground (Side Room)
4/14 - Amityville, N.Y. @ Amity Music Hall
4/15 - Worcester, Ma. @ The Palladium **New England Metal & Hardcore Fest**
4/16 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Knitting Factory
4/17 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Voltage Lounge
4/18 - Virginia Beach, Va. @ Shaka's Live
4/19 - Chapel Hill, N.C. @ Local 506
4/20 - Spartanburg, S.C. @ Ground Zero
4/21 - Atlanta, Ga. @ The Masquerade
4/22 - Jacksonville, Fla. @ Jack Rabbits
4/23 - Orlando, Fla. @ The Social
4/24 - Gainesville, Fla. @ High Dive
4/26 - Tallahassee, Fla. @ 926 Lounge (formally Pug's)
4/27 - Birmingham, Ala. @ Zydeco
4/28 - Pensacola, Fla. @ Vinyl
4/29 - Houston, Texas @ Eastdown
4/30 - Austin, Texas @ Mohawk
5/01 - Lubbock, Texas @ Jake's Sports Cafe
5/03 - Albuquerque, N.M. @ Blu Phoenix Venue
5/04 - Tucson, Ariz. @ Club XS
5/05 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Rebel Lounge
5/06 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ Divebar
5/07 - Anaheim, Calif. @ Chain Reaction
5/08 - Glendale, Calif. @ The Complex
5/09 - Bakersfield, Calif. @ Jerry's Pizza
5/10 - Fresno, Calif. @ Strummers
5/11 - San Francisco, Calif. @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall
5/12 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Boardwalk
5/13 - Portland, Ore. @ The Analog Cafe and Theatre
5/14 - Spokane, Wash @ The Big Dipper
5/15 - Boise, Idaho @ Mardi Gras
5/16 - Salt Lake City, Utah @ Kilby Court
5/18 - Grand Junction, Colo. @ Mesa Theatre
5/20 - Sioux Falls, S.D. @ The District
5/21 - Des Moines, Iowa @ Vaudeville Mews
5/22 - Madison, Wis. @ Frequency
5/23 - Chicago, Ill. @ Beat Kitchen
5/24 - St. Louis, Mo. @ Fubar
5/25 - Indianapolis, Ind. @ Emerson Theater
5/26 - Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Pyramid Scheme
5/27 - Kent, Ohio @ The Outpost
5/28 - Howell, Mich. @ Bled Fest
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