NewsSeptember 14, 2022 2:37 PM ET9,731 views

The Black Dahlia Murder announce new line up, will play tribute show

Brian Eschbach will take over as frontman and Ryan Knight returns on guitar

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Katie Lewellyn

To honor the life and legacy of late vocalist Trevor Scott Strnad, The Black Dahlia Murder will perform in Detroit, Michigan on Oct. 28. As a result of vacating the guitar role, founding guitarist Brian Eschbach will now take on the role of frontman, allowing Ryan Knight to return. Ryan spent almost a decade in the band previously from 2008-2016, being featured on four of the band's previous releases.

Darkest Hour and Plague Years will join the band at Saint Andrew's Hall for the show.

Trevor Strnad passed away earlier this year on May 11th.

Each band member spoke exclusively with Decibel about the tragic loss and walked fans through the internal debate on whether The Black Dahlia Murder should continue.

New vocalist Brian Eschbach elaborated:

"We spent many days thinking things like, 'Is this over?' None of us wanted it to be over. We still feel like there is a lot left to do. I know Trevor would keep this band going if I went down a deep, dark path and weren't here. It's bigger than us.

When we finally started talking about it, we thought, 'Let's remake it from within and see if Ryan wants to return. And I'll take a crack on the vocals and see how it goes.' I can't go out there and do Trevor's voice or try to be him. I can only execute the music of the Black Dahlia Murder with respect and try to do it the most justice I can. I've heard Trevor perform more than anyone else alive."

Returning guitarist Ryan Knight also spoke of him coming back to the band:

"The time I've spent with this band is the best time I've ever had. Being away has given me a lot of time to reflect, and it always occurred to me that being in BDM is the best use of my time. I've thought a lot about the band while I was away and realized how much value this band has. I almost feel like I let some opportunities slip, being away from the band. So, it feels great to be back and like everything has come full circle. I've realized how much I love being in this band."

The new full band line up is as followed:
Brian Eschbach - vocals
Brandon Ellis - guitar
Ryan Knight - guitar
Max Lavelle - bass
Alan Cassidy - drums

Information on the band's first show back on October 28 can be found here.

10/28 Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall

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