2015 The Black Dahlia Murder interview with Brian Eschbach
This week, Michigan’s resident melodic death metal brutalists, The Black Dahlia Murder will release their seventh studio effort, Abysmal. Formed in 2001, by vocalist Trevor Strnad and guitarist Brain Eschbach, the band has progressed with each album to date. The band’s line-up has been solidified by long-time guitarist Ryan Knight, and the rhythm section of bassist Max Lavelle and Alan Cassidy.
The band is set to hit the road for the 10th Anniversary Indiemerch 2015 Tour that kicks off October 1 in Syracuse New York with Iron Reagan, Harms Way, and Maruta in support. Today the band announced the second leg which begins November 27 which begins in Joliet, Illinois and features Goatwhore, Iron Reagan, Entheos and Artificial Brain. Last week, Metalholic caught up with The Black Dahlia Murder guitarist Brian Eschbach to discuss the new record, the 1o-year anniversary of the band’s sophomore album, Miasma, and much more.
With Abysmal, The Black Dahlia Murder returned to Audiohammer Studios in Florida, this time with Mark Lewis at the helm. Eschbach talked about the feel of the new record:
“We really started working on the album in January, and I have to say it’s an absolute product of winter. And solitude, and cold. Because that’s what it was like when we were working on it. We’re really stoked on the tracks. It’s nothing curve-balling for the Black Dahlia listeners. We’re just doing some new songs that have an identity of their own.”
Abysmal resonates with a dark and sometime melancholic feel to it, though in contrast the cover art by Russian artist Daemorph is a dazzling portrayal of hell. It was definitely Dante’s cold hell when I was writing it,” laugh Eschbach. As to the origin of artwork itself, Brian offers:
“It was created for the album. [The artist] and Trevor [Strnad] had talked at length before we got rolling on it: What the look should be and how the different things should be incorporated in it.”
Eschbach also talked about how much of Abysmal fans could expect to hear them perform on the upcoming fall tour:
“A fair chunk. We’re not gonna beat anyone across the brow with too much new stuff. There will be a fair amount of new songs off Abysmal but we’re also trying to put a good chunk of songs from Miasma in the next couple tours cause it’s its 10-year anniversary.”
Eschbach shared his memories of recording Miasma, as well as admitting to his current binge-watching addiction. Listen to the full interview below, pick up Abysmal on September 18, and catch the band on tour this fall.