The Black Dahlia Murder Announce First Tour Since Vocalist Passed Away

18 January 2023 | 4:06 pm | Mary Varvaris

The band amended their lineup after the passing of vocalist, Trevor Strnad.

The Black Dahlia Murder Announce First Tour Since Vocalist Passed Away

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The Black Dahlia Murder faced tragedy in May 2022 when vocalist Trevor Strnad passed away. He was 41 years old. Strnad was a humorous, warm and loving guy, which was evident in his interviews and banter online, as well as the love his bandmates held for him.

While no cause of death was revealed, the metal outfit shared the phone number of the US Suicide Prevention hotline. 

"It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Trevor Scott Strnad," the band wrote on Facebook at the time. "Beloved son, brother, and Shepard of good times, he was loved by all that met him. A walking encyclopedia of all things music. He was a hugger, a writer, and truly one of the world’s greatest entertainers. His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show."

The band announced in September 2022 that they would go on, albeit founding member and guitarist Brian Eschbach taking over the responsibility of lead vocals.

For six weeks this April and May, Terror, Frozen Soul, Fuming Mouth, and Phobophilic will accompany The Black Dahlia Murder on the final dates of The Verminous Remnant Tour. Find tour dates here.

As well as Eschbach, the band consists of bassist Max Lavelle, drummer Alan Cassidy, and guitarists Brandon Ellis and Ryan Knight.  

In 2020, The Black Dahlia Murder released their most recent album, Verminous

In a 2017 Kill Your Stereo live review of The Black Dahlia Murder, Unravel, Whoretopsy and Putrid Pile, we noted, "Nothing could diminish the crowd’s sheer enthusiasm for headliners The Black Dahlia Murder this evening, and as the Michigan five-piece take the stage, the throngs of punters quickly push to the barrier and get ready for the assault. With a stage banner for 2015’s Abysmal behind them, this reviewer fully expected the band to begin with that record’s opening track, the ripping Receipt

"Instead, Black Dahlia throw a nostalgic curveball and pay homage to 2007’s seminal Nocturnal album as they launch their set with the glorious chugs of What A Horrible Night To Have A Curse. A long-haired Strnad smiles from ear to ear, pushing his fists in the air as the crowd heaves and bounces to the band’s melo-death stylings." Read the rest of the review here.