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The Black Dahlia Murder: new studio album 'Ritual' hits the charts worldwide
Band headlines this year's Summer Slaughter Tour kicking off July 22 in Los Angeles, CA

Agoura Hills, CA – June 29th, 2011 – Ritual, the latest studio album from the Detroit deathsters, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER has landed at the #29 spot on the Billboard Top 200, #6 on the Billboard Top Independent Album, #4 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums and #9 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart. The record entered the UK's Rock & Metal Chart at #20 and #38 in the Indie Chart making Ritual the band's strongest first week release in the UK. In Germany, Ritual entered the German Media Control "Newcomer" charts at #15 and is in the official Media Markt charts at #93. In addition, Ritual came in at #32 on Canada's Top 200 Chart, #5 on the Independent Charts and #4 on the Hard Charts.

Vocalist Trevor Strnad comments; "We are beyond stoked at the first week sales of Ritual! We are completely and utterly blown away. We can't thank the fans enough for their incredible devotion to what we do… it means the world to us. We'll be out rocking some new tunes in your town very soon… come check it out!"

Released on June 21 via Metal Blade Records, Ritual is 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 (TBDM, Beneath the Massacre, Job for a Cowboy, All That Remains).

Fans can catch TBDM live when the band headlines one of the summer's heaviest tours, the Summer Slaughter Tour, with label-mates Whitechapel and Six Feet Under in addition to Darkest Hour, Dying Fetus, and more.

Summer Slaughter Tour w/ THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WHITECHAPEL, Darkest Hour, SIX FEET UNDER, Dying Fetus, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Powerglove, Within The Ruins
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
07/27 Boise, ID The Knitting Factory
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
08/01 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
08/02 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
08/03 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
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
08/15 Washington, DC 930 Club
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

Here's what people have been saying about the new album, Ritual, from THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER:

"epic power throughout…a real statement" 4.5/5 stars, Alternative Press Magazine

"surprisingly dynamic…impressive…a creative rebirth for this talented band." Decibel Magazine

"an inexhaustible bout of melodic death metal that juggles more influences than most bands can name and balances effortlessly somewhere between Pantera, Suffocation, and Darkane." Revolver Magazine

"hands down one of the most vicious slabs of metal we’ll get this year." MetalSucks.net

"their most diverse and accomplished record of their career. It had everything you’d come to expect from the band and much, much more" 9.5/10, SMNnews.com

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


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