Musicscan: What has The Black Dahlia Murder currently been up to? How did you spend
last few days and weeks?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:We just recently returned, about a month ago, from touring the states
King Diamond, Nile, and Behemoth. Since then we've just been practicing
ton and getting ready to leave for the ozzfest this week.
Musicscan: I heard, you will be leaving for the Ozzfests soon, what are your
expectations for this festival tour? Will you be able to play a set of
20 minutes? Being limited to this short time-slot can be hard for a band
like yours, right!?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:We really have no idea what to expect from the festival, as we have
played anything of comparable size. I definately expect i shall be
Iron Maiden EVERY NIGHT. And yes, we are limited to only 20 minutes for
set. We aren't really all that displeased about it, that's just what you
have to do when you wanna play with 15 other bands in one scorching hot
Musicscan: What do you feel you accomplished after finishing your work on "Miasma"?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:I definately feel like we have something of a much higher caliber than
"Unhallowed", we are really excited for people to see how we've
since our freshman release.
Musicscan: Do you feel that the record is a pretty good representation of bands
sounding as of right now?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:Most definately, we were very much pressured by ourselves to have this
sound exactly how we hear these songs our our sounds in our heads.
Musicscan: Many of todays heavy bands seem to miss originality and hearable
but your band has tons of both and i'm impressed every time i listen to
your songs. Is it just a question of the right attitude towards music?
do you miss within the heavy music today?
Black Dahlia Murder, The: I miss the actual practice of arranging music in song form, it seems
many heavy bands today just try to be as spazztic and chaotic as
never necessarilly giving a particular song any sort of character that
it apart from other songs.
Musicscan: "Miasma" is considered to be a highly anticipated release, and Metal
seems to put a lot of expectations on it. What are your thoughts on
Black Dahlia Murder, The:We certainly hope Metal Blade has his expectations for the release, as
the first recording we've felt extremely happy with.
Musicscan: The word on your guys band has been spread quiete quickly over the whole
world. How does all of this attention make you feel and can you give an
advice to upcoming bands, how to gain attention?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:It's really hard for us to know when we start getting attention in other
places of the world, it's definately flattering and unexpected though
we do hear that the sounds are getting to people that we never thought
hear them. I know the best way for a band to get attention is to fucking
ROCK, but how we did it, i really have no idea...
Musicscan: What is the most significant way signing Metal Blade has affected your
and how did you experience the big attention "Unhallowed" gained?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:Well, they really are responsible for the people that do know about us,
they hadn't put out the record, who knows if we'd be on a second album.
attention "Unhallowed" received was always surreal to us, as we never
expected to get signed in the first place.
Musicscan: Is there any relation to other Metal Blade bands such as The Red Chord,
Lay Dying and Unearth or the longtime established metal acts?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:Well we've toured with all those bands, but The Red Chord are most
definately some of our best friends out there. But i guess a bigger
that we have to a bunch of the bands on Metalblade is that we absolutely
love metal, and there are so many bands that are part of the roster that
have inspired us in so many different fashions.
Musicscan: What's your attitude towards The Black Dahlia Murder in general? I
that you are a highly professional working band, right?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:I look at it as, it's our band that got the chance to start working
alongside some pretty serious acts, so of course we had to take it as
seriously as it was, we all work very hard to keep this band moving in
direction that it is.
Musicscan: Are you guys coming out of a hardcore-background? The pictures on your
homepage look like you're still playing a lot of hardcore-shows!?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:A lot of the shows that we play in the states are hardcore shows, it was
just easier for us to start playing those shows and be accepted. In the
as in MANY places in europe, a metal band is expected to look and dress
certain way, and that just isn't our thing, so we'll play where ever
listen to us.
Musicscan: How much attention you put on Europe? You still seem to be underrated
here, beside the fact, that I have seen some video-clips on TV.
Black Dahlia Murder, The:Like i said, many Euro's are big on leather jumpsuits and all sorts of
bullshit that in our oppinion takes the focus off the music, we're gonna
keep trying over there, but we don't have grand expectations for
Musicscan: What sort of show do you feel more at home with, your "average"
metal-hardcore show or one that places you in front of a "true" metal
And what is more challeging for you guys?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:Challenging is a room full of closed-minded idiots no matter what kinda
crowd it is. Feeling at home on a stage has to do with knowing that the
audience, no matter what they are, is there to have a great time and jam
Musicscan: There are lots of bands out there these days, that are mixing different
aggressive metal styles with technical skills and hardcore breakdowns.
What makes The Black Dahlia Murder stand out? Is there something you
point out as your trademarks?
Black Dahlia Murder, The: i guess that we aren't hardcore at all, and never really feature an
breakdown. If you've ever seen trevor's belly, you'd know that his bulk
most definately our trademark.
Musicscan: Your new album "Miasma" seems to be a little (!!) more groovy and in
way less speed and agression oriented to create something like a better
and a more "complete" sounding. Is it just me or is there any truth to
Black Dahlia Murder, The:Most definately, we wanted to chill a bit and make a heavy album that
have a sense of groove and flow.
Musicscan: What did you guys do differently on "Miasma", that you hadn't done
previously to keep things progressing?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:Well, we decided that we couldn't mix down another album with a barely
existing bass guitar track, we kinda totally fucked that up on
it could have been so much heavier sounding.
Musicscan: Were there any particular adjustments or things that you wanted to
upon from a technical aspect or writing?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:We wanted all the songs to have a unique character that set it apart
each other song on the record.
Musicscan: Have there been any difficulties or obstacles during the songwriting or
Black Dahlia Murder, The:Suprisingly no, the whole miasma experience was overall pretty easy.
Musicscan: You have managed to be more focused as well as being more controlled
time. Would you agree?
Black Dahlia Murder, The: I wouldn't necessarilly say i agree, but if that's what you hear then i
thankful for your thoughts as we were aiming for you to hear just that.
Musicscan: Your releases always cover a lot of bases - there's something for
within the extreme underground. Were you going for a more "inclusive"
approach right from the beginning or is it a result of your progression?
of your own diverse musical interests?
Black Dahlia Murder, The: I think it has a lot to do with our personal varied interests, we love
sorts of heavy shit and anything good leaves an impression upon the
listener, it makes you as a musician realize new and different things
how music can be made, and made to whatever specifications you wish.
Musicscan: What kind of band do you consider The Black Dahlia Murder to be and how
you feel about your place as a band in the extrem underground metal
Black Dahlia Murder, The: I guess most of your fans come out of a hardcore/metalcore-background, but
musically it's straight-up metal. In the states we have all sorts of fans, metal, hardcore, punk, and
For us we just always wanted to be a straight-up metal band with a lot
Musicscan: Due to downloading music a lot of people already have "Miasma" i can
imagine. How do you feel about that and downloading music in general?
Black Dahlia Murder, The:It is the most useful way for people of this day and age to check out
music, i'm all for it, and i know we all do it a lot.
Musicscan: Would you say a band of your size makes more money touring or selling
records? What happens when you go back home, any jobs to keep up with or
does The Black Dahlia Murder already pay your bills?
Black Dahlia Murder, The: I'm trying to pay my bills, i suppose someday i might acheive that. We
definately make more loot on the road, but it doesn't take care of
everything yet. We'd probably all have other jobs if we were ever home
enough to keep them.