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The Black Dahlia Murder: Artwork and Single for New Full-Length Album "Ritual" Released
Premiere of first single "Moonlight Equilibrium" & pre-order packages now live

Detroit deathsters The Black Dahlia Murder (TBDM) are pleased to unleash details of the groupís 5th full-length album, Ritual (out June 21st 2011), a collection of 12 tracks that see the band staying true to their sound and style while progressing in both writing and musicianship. Guitarist Ryan Knight has delivered truly searing leads that will without a doubt daze and lay waste the ears of both loyal Black Dahlia diehards and burgeoning fans alike. Music for Ritual was recorded in early 2011 in Detroit, MI with Mark Lewis (Deicide, Unearth) and the band producing with vocals and mixing taking place at Orlando, Florida based studio, Audio Hammer with Jason Suecof (BDM, Beneath the Massacre, Job for a Cowboy, All That Remains). The first single off Ritual, Moonlight Equilibrium, is now live at the following location along with several pre-order options: MetalBlade.com/BDM

Guitarist and founding member Brian Eschbach comments on the first single Moonlight Equilibrium: "We've been working on this album for a good while and we are very excited to finally share a preview with our fans! Moonlight Equilibrium is full of maximum overdrive melody and crushing beats that'll hopefully leave you maniacs thirsting for more. We'll be jamming this and other tasty treats for the next several months on the road. See you soon!"

Vocalist Trevor Strnad comments on the extraordinary artwork; "The visual aspects of Ritual have been brilliantly brought to life by the amazingly talented Valnoir Mortsonge (Watain/Morbid Angel/Ulver) for Metastazis in Paris, France. Valnoir was the perfect man for the job; he exceeded our expectations on all fronts and delivered a beautiful package that enriches the macabre ceremonial vibe of our musical creations. The goal was to make the artwork look like a Necronomicon or an evil spell book. The imagery on the front depicts the dualistic nature of the satanic ritual… the two halves that make it possible. On the bottom, inverted, are the senders of the ritual here on earth, in prayer. On top is Satan and his council, receiving the communicative ritual."

In terms of the direction of Ritual vocalist Trevor Strnad notes; "This is the first time we have fully realized a concept for an album. We wanted to choose something that would exemplify the very essence of the band… something that would be Ďmore TBDMí than anything we have released to this point. All of the lyrics to Ritual are bound by a common thread of black magick and the occult, the worship of darkness, and the preservation of inner strength and will."

"When we play a show, itís like a ritual… a group catharsis. We are unified with our fans through the platform of live performance. There is a real magic there. Like the album cover represents, there are two halves required; us and you. Yes, we are an evil band. Yes we sing about Satan. But really, how I see it, our evil is for your own good! The character Satan in our music represents the freedom to think for yourself… the strength to see through the facades of the norm that is presented to us at birth, and the courage to live your own way, free of the burden of guilt and shame. Thatís how itís always been for us and this record is no different."

Strnad continues; "I think Ritual is us fully realizing our responsibility to our fans to be the best (and most horrific) The Black Dahlia Murder we can while weíre here. In a way, you could say we have come to terms, more now so than ever, with how religious the fans are about this band… hence the albumís name. This is absolutely our best record and the new benchmark that we are soon to be measured by... I have no problem saying that. There has been no prouder moment for me in this band than the Ritual we offer before you. We worked harder on this and for longer than we ever have on any release until this point. Our blood is in the ink of this album, our souls in every note. That being said, if you were to steal this record, it would literally break my fat fucking heart. I know that times are tough, hell, itís legitimately getting harder and harder to physically get these albums into your hands. I fully realize that. Every metal band (and fan) has fallen victim to these hard times. We are here to help get the music to you, no matter where you are or how scarce extreme metal may be there. Itís time to stand up and circumvent the obstacles that threaten to befall metal… just because these assholes have made it harder to find doesnít mean we should just pull the plug, puss out and stop supporting it. Just because we canít walk down the street to SuperMegastore anymore and buy a Cannibal Corpse CD weíve turned to stealing it all from the internet. Weak! One of the awesome powers of the internet is that it can allow these kick ass preorder packages to be available to the fans. Thatís why we went to such extreme lengths to bring such a lush packaging to the masses… one last attempt at trying to lure you to go against the grain and actually invest your hard earned money in the CD. If you really want to have an impact on the fate of this band, that is the truest and clearest way that I can tell you how to do so. We need your support. Itís not for our pocketbooks, itís so we can exist in this cut-throat music business. Iím not encouraging you to just buy this album, either. This is bigger than that. I am encouraging you to support all metal bands that you like and buy their albums… we need you now more than ever."

Ritual will be hitting streets in North American on June 21 with the band headlining one of the summerís heaviest tours, the Summer Slaughter Tour, with label-matesWhitechapel and Six Feet Under in addition to Darkest Hour, Dying Fetus, and more.

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER

Tour w/ Amon Amarth & Evocation
05/13 - Oslo, NO - Betong
05/14 - Stockholm, SE - Tyrol
05/15 - St. Petersburg, RS - Glavclub (not part of tour)
05/16 - Moscow, RS - Tochka Club (not part of tour)
05/17 - Copenhagen, DK - Vega
05/18 - Hamburg, DE - Grosse Freiheit 36
05/19 - Antwerp, BE - Hof Ter Lo
05/20 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg
05/21 - Koln, DE - E-Werk
05/22 - Paris, FR - Le Bataclan
05/23 - Istanbul, TK - Jolly Joker Balans (not part of tour)
05/24 - Munchen, DE - Tonhalle
05/25 - Milan, IT - Magazzini Generali
End Tour
05/26 - Bolzano, IT - UFO
05/27 - Oberentfelden, CH - BŲrŲm PŲm PŲm
05/28 - Mining Am Inn, AT - Mining Am Inn Metalfest
06/18 - Gothenburg, SE - Metal Town Festival
06/19 - Clisson, FR - Hellfest
06/21 - Bulle, CH - Ebullition
06/22 - Augsburg, DE - Kantine
06/23 - Karlsruhe, DE - Stadtmitte
06/24 - Dessel, BE - Graspop Fest
06/25 - Montabaur, DE - Mach1 Festival
06/27 - Brno, CR - S Club
06/28 - Graz, AUT - Explosiv w/ Protest The Her
06/29 - Budapest, HU - DŁrer Kert w/Protest The Hero
06/30 - Zagreb, HR - Mocvara
07/01 - Lustenau, AT - Culture Factory
07/02 - Roitzschjora, DE - With Full Force
07/03 - Badalona, ES - Estraperlo Club
07/04 - Madrid, ES - Sala Live
07/05 - Lisbon, PT - Cine Teatro De Corroios
07/06 - Gijon, ES - Sala Acapulco
07/08 - Knebworth, UK - Sonisphere
Tour w/ Beast in the Field
06/01 - Columbus, Ohio - Ravari Room (buy tickets HERE)
06/02 - Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre (buy tickets HERE)
06/03 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room (buy tickets HERE)
06/04 - Houston, TX - Eleanor Tinsley Park
06/05 - New Orleans, LA - The Hanger (buy tickets HERE)
06/06 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box (buy tickets HERE)
06/07 - Nashville, TN - The End (buy tickets HERE)
Summer Slaughter Tour w/ WHITECHAPEL, Darkest Hour, SIX FEET UNDER, Dying Fetus, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, Fleshgod Apocalypse,Powerglove
07/22 - Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
07/23 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
07/25 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
07/26 - Seattle, WA - King Cat Theatre
07/28 - Sacramento, CA - Ace Of Spades
07/29 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
07/30 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
07/31 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Venue Scottsdale
08/02 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
08/04 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
08/05 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews
08/06 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
08/07 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
08/08 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
08/09 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
08/10 - Montreal, QC - Olympia
08/11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
08/12 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
08/13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre Of Living Arts
08/14 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
08/16 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
08/17 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
08/19 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
08/20 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
08/21 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues

Keep up to date with The Black Dahlia Murder at the following locations:
http://www.facebook.com/theblackdahliamurderofficial
http://www.twitter.com/bdmmetal
http://www.youtube.com/blackdahliamurdertv
http://www.myspace.com/blackdahliamurder

About the band:
The often imitated yet never duplicated Detroit deathsters The Black Dahlia Murder (TBDM)are back with their 5th full-length album, the death metal opus Ritual, out June 21st 2011. TBDMís previous releaseDeflorate saw the band enter the Billboard Top 200 charts at the #43 position while also hitting #5 on the Top Independent Albums chart, #4 on the Hard Music Albumschart, and #50 on the HITS Top 50 Albums chart. Deflorate also hit charts in Canada coming in at #52 on the Top 200 chart, #3 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and#6 on the Top Hard Music Albums chart. Deflorate boasted Black Dahliaís brand of seamlessly-mixed Swedish influenced blackened thrash and pounding American death metal muscle, and saw one of metalís most outstanding underground outfits at the forefront of unmitigated musical brutality.

In May of 2009, The Black Dahlia Murder released their firstDVD Majesty; a two-disc collection featuring the bandís assembled music videos, reams engrossing live footage, and a two-hour documentary on the band. Majesty debuted on the Billboard Top Music Video Charts at #2 in the US and #5 in Canada, and remained on the charts for its first six weeks on the shelfóa triumph for any metal band, much less one as uncompromising as TBDM.

Since the release of the groupís debut full-length Unhallowed, the Black Dahlia death machine has continued to ascend through the ranks of the extreme music scene, perfecting its craft and dominating the world over with relentless touring. In 2009,TBDM was one of the featured bands on the Hot Topic stage at The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival alongside label-mates Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Job for a Cowboy, and Whitechapel marking one of the fests heaviest runs yet.The band headlined the 2008 Summer Slaughter tour alongside death metal heavyweights including Vader, Cryptopsy, Aborted, Kataklysm, and Psycroptic; soon after, they toured the US with Children of Bodom and Between the Buried and Me. TBDM has also toured as a part of Ozzfest, Sounds of the Underground, in addition to countless headline and support runs taking the band across the US, Canada, Europe, South America, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand touring with everyone from Cannibal Corpse to As I Lay Dying, Terror to Hate Eternal, and Unearth to Decrepit Birth. One thing TBDM has shown the world is that their brand of unrelenting melodic death metal transcends all of the different metal scenes. Bringing fans of everything from death metal to hardcore together to have a good time and throw their fists in the air all in the name of heavy and uncompromising music.



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