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The Black Dahlia Murder announce new album Verminous, unveil title track: Stream

on February 04, 2020, 2:14pm

The Black Dahlia Murder will return with a new album, Verminous, this spring. In advance of the LP, the band has unveiled the title track.

Verminous drops on April 17th, ahead of their recently announced North American spring tour with Testament and Municipal Waste.

Guitarists Brian Eschbach and Brandon Ellis are in peak form on the track “Verminous” — a veritable riff-fest. The Black Dahlia Murder maintain a high QA standard for airtight, extreme metal. This track surpasses that threshold emphatically.

“I think this is the biggest evolutionary leap we’ve ever taken from one album to the next,” vocalist Trevor Strnad said in a press release. “We stoked the creative fires with 2017’s Nightbringers and it’s gone much further now in Verminous.

He added, “It’s a very colorful, moody, and charismatic album that experiments with new sounds and ideas without losing the cutthroat Black Dahlia edge. There is a lot of minutiae to digest. Plenty of delicious little Easter eggs woven into the fabric of each song. Each one is a living, breathing entity that will stand on its own as some of the best music this band has ever created.”

The album was mostly recorded at Ellis’ home studio — appropriately dubbed “The Shred Light District” — which allowed the band to maintain more autonomy and independence than previous recordings. Drums were tracked by Ryan “Bart” Williams at The Pipeyard in Plymouth, Michigan. Tue Madsen handled the mix, and Alan Douches mastered the LP.

“To say we were anal-retentive would be an understatement,” Strnad said of the album’s post-production and overall organic tone. “Tue did an outstanding job. His mix is organic. Classic sounding. Not too slick. It’s got an old school ‘real life’ feel to it rather than being the overly polished quantized-to-hell drek that is coming out these days. We wanted the album’s sound to have its own personality, and he helped us achieve just that. Finally, Alan did a great job of smoothing out the final details with his mastering. He beefed it up into what you hear now.”

The Black Dahlia Murder play two dates in South Africa in March before heading out on the aforementioned North American jaunt with Testament and Municipal Waste the week after Verminous drops.

“It is a massive honor and pleasure to be considered a worthy peer to the mighty Testament,” Strnad said. “Being a fan of theirs since childhood, I have to stop and pinch myself to see if it’s a dream or not. Luckily, I’m still awake.”

Verminous is available for pre-order on a mind-boggling 15 vinyl color variants and various other physical formats via Metal Blade. Watch the lyric video for “Verminous” and see the album artwork, tracklist, and full list of tour dates below. Get tickets via Ticketmaster, or at this location.

Verminous Artwork:

The Black Dahlia Murder - Verminous

Verminous Tracklist:
01. Verminous
02. Godlessly
03. Removal of the Oaken Stake
04. Child of Night
05. Sunless Empire
06. The Leather Apron’s Scorn
07. How Very Dead
08. The Wereworm’s Feast
09. A Womb in Dark Chrysalis (Interlude)
10. Dawn of Rats

The Black Dahlia Murder 2020 Tour Dates with Testament, Municipal Waste, and Meshiaak:
03/13 – Cape Town Hillcrest, South Africa @ Quarry Ramfest #
03/14 –  Pretoria Voortrekker @ Monument Ramfest #
04/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
04/21 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey
04/23 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
04/24 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
04/25 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
04/26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
04/28 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
04/29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
04/30 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
05/05 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
05/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
05/07 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
05/08 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
05/09 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
05/10 – Montreal, QC @ M’Telus
05/11 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Hall
05/13 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
05/14 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall
05/16 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
05/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore
05/19 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
05/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
05/22 – Portland, CA @ Roseland Theater
05/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre *
05/24 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo *
05/26 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
05/27 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
05/28 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
06/21 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest #
07/07 – Dunaujvaros, Hungary @ Rockmaraton #
07/30 – Rasnov, Romania @ Rockstadt Extreme Fest #
08/02 – Ternopil, Ukraine @ Faine Misto Festival #
08/07 – Tampere, Finland @ Saarihelvetti Festival #
08/09 – Derbyshire, UK @ Bloodstock Open Air #
08/14 – Sulingen, Germany @ Reload #

# = The Black Dahlia Murder only
* = no Municipal Waste