Michigan melodic death metallers the Black Dahlia Murder have completed their seventh studio album Abysmal. It is set to be released Sept. 18 via Metal Blade Records.

"The new album, Abysmal, is true to The Black Dahlia Murder formula, but further down the evolutionary path we began with our Ritual release," says frontman Trevor Strnad. "It has bigger, more dynamic and developed songs. It sees the band in a darker, faster and more melancholic place than anything we've done to date. It is an album wrought emotion on a scale that we haven't reached with our previous attempts. It's dripping with urgency, and an undeniable sincere life and death purpose."

Strnad continues, "It has moments of triumph and moments of utter abandon and defeat. It runs the gamut. If you can't sense the message of despair in a song like 'Receipt' or the title track 'Abysmal,' than you are an unfeeling statue of a person. You speed freaks can also thank the ungodly contribution of our young skinsman Alan Cassidy, as the new album sees us approaching maniacal speeds unseen before in the TBDM catalog."

Strnad reflects on the impact the band's fans have on him: "I get a lot of inspiration from our continuing success as a band. There is a tremendous pressure to deliver for our fans. I want to wow them every time we come back and for our new material to keep them excited about us. I have had a long, intimate love affair with death metal and I enjoy sharing my continued excitement for it through this outlet."

"I am still obsessed with the macabre and the darker side of life, and I revel in creating dark lyrical content that makes the listener react in some way," Strnad reveals. "I enjoy straddling the line between fantastic elements and real life horror, as there is constant atrocity all around us in the human experience. You don't have to look far to find something that is happening in the modern world that can fill ones sails with disgust.

It has been awhile since the Black Dahlia Murder have been on the road, and Strnad is hyped for their Australian tour that kicks off June 17.

"The impending Australian tour is just around the corner and I couldn't be more excited to get back into the world of touring," Strnad exclaims. "We've had a long bout of time at home while writing the album, the longest break we've had since releasing Unhallowed, and then leaving on tour. I feel recharged and read to kick some Aussie ass."

After the Australian tour, TBDM head to Europe in July to play various festivals and shows. For their complete concert calendar, go here.