Just ahead of their Australian headline tour, The Black Dahlia Murder have announced they’ll release their new full-length this September.
The new album ‘Abysmal‘, which was reportedly meant to be the original title of their 2007 album, ‘Nocturnal‘, will drop on September 18th via Metal Blade Records. Vocalist Trevor Strnad recently said this about the new album, about it being a far more emotional release, and on showing off their new drummer Alan Cassidy.
“”Abysmal,” is true to The Black Dahlia Murder formula, but further down the evolutionary path we began with our Ritual release. It has bigger, more dynamic and developed songs. It sees the band in a darker, faster and more melancholic place than anything we’ve done to date. It is an album wrought emotion on a scale that we haven’t reached with our previous attempts. It’s dripping with urgency, and an undeniable sincere life and death purpose. It has moments of triumph and moments of utter abandon and defeat. It runs the gamut. If you can’t sense the message of despair in a song like ‘Receipt’ or the title track ‘Abysmal,’ than you are an unfeeling statue of a person. You speed freaks can also thank the ungodly contribution of our young skinsman Alan Cassidy, as the new album sees us approaching maniacal speeds unseen before in the TBDM catalog. I get a lot of inspiration from our continuing success as a band. There is a tremendous pressure to deliver for our fans. I want to wow them every time we come back and for our new material to keep them excited about us. I have had a long, intimate love affair with death metal and I enjoy sharing my continued excitement for it through this outlet. I am still obsessed with the macabre and the darker side of life, and I revel in creating dark lyrical content that makes the listener react in some way. I enjoy straddling the line between fantastic elements and real life horror, as there is constant atrocity all around us in the human experience. You don’t have to look far to find something that is happening in the modern world that can fill ones sails with disgust.”
The first taste you’ll get of the new album will its first single on June 24th, which will be released about halfway through their tour with Tasmania’s Psycroptic.
You can checkout the artwork below, done by artsit Daemorph (Incinerate, Distentomb, Acranius).