On May 11th, 2022, tragedy struck the heavy metal scene worldwide when founding The Black Dahlia murder frontman Trevor Strnad’s unexpectedly passed away at age 41 due to suicide. And now The Black Dahlia Murder have made a beyond tough choice to solider on as a band with their co-founder and guitarist Brian Eschbach, taking over vocal duties, as the new official frontman of The Black Dahlia Murder. Guitarist Ryan Knight has rejoined The Black Dahlia Murder too!
“We spent many days thinking things like, ‘Is this over?’” Eschbach told Decibel Magazine. “None of us wanted it to be over. We still feel like there is a lot left to do. I know Trevor would keep this band going if I went down a deep, dark path and weren’t here. It’s bigger than us. When we finally started talking about it, we thought, ‘Let’s remake it from within and see if Ryan wants to return. And I’ll take a crack on the vocals and see how it goes.’ I can’t go out there and do Trevor’s voice or try to be him. I can only execute the music of the Black Dahlia Murder with respect and try to do it the most justice I can. I’ve heard Trevor perform more than anyone else alive.”
Knight also stated to Decibel Magazine that the “decision to return was easy despite the difficult circumstances. “The time I’ve spent with this band is the best time I’ve ever had,” he says. “Being away has given me a lot of time to reflect, and it always occurred to me that being in Black Dahlia Murder is the best use of my time. I’ve thought a lot about the band while I was away and realized how much value this band has. I almost feel like I let some opportunities slip, being away from the band. So, it feels great to be back and like everything has come full circle. I’ve realized how much I love being in this band.”
You can read the full Decibel Magazine write-up in regards to The Black Dahlia Murder continuing on as a band through this authentic link here: https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2022/09/14/the-black-dahlia-murder-speak-about-loss-grief-and-continuing-their-career/ The Black Dahlia Murder cover Photo by Shimon Karmel