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Black Dahlia Murder, The

Interview von: arne mit Brian, am: 14.08.2005 ]

Detroits THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER legen mit “Miasma” ihren zweiten Metal Blade-Longplayer vor, und dieser ist tatsächlich das starke Album geworden, auf das Fans in der ganzen Welt gehofft haben. Neben der “Clients“ Scheibe von The Red Chord markiert es das zweite essentielle Release des Labels in 2005, dass man als Fan komplexer Extrem-Klänge besitzen muss!


Musicscan: What has The Black Dahlia Murder currently been up to? How did you spend the last few days and weeks?

Black Dahlia Murder, The:We just recently returned, about a month ago, from touring the states with King Diamond, Nile, and Behemoth. Since then we've just been practicing a 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 only 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 never played anything of comparable size. I definately expect i shall be watching Iron Maiden EVERY NIGHT. And yes, we are limited to only 20 minutes for our 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 summer's day.

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 "evolved" 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 album 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 passion, 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? What 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 that so many heavy bands today just try to be as spazztic and chaotic as possible, never necessarilly giving a particular song any sort of character that sets it apart from other songs.

Musicscan: "Miasma" is considered to be a highly anticipated release, and Metal Blade seems to put a lot of expectations on it. What are your thoughts on this?

Black Dahlia Murder, The:We certainly hope Metal Blade has his expectations for the release, as it is 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 when we do hear that the sounds are getting to people that we never thought would 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 band 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, if they hadn't put out the record, who knows if we'd be on a second album. The 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, As I 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 relation 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 noticed 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 the 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 US, as in MANY places in europe, a metal band is expected to look and dress a certain way, and that just isn't our thing, so we'll play where ever they'll listen to us.

Musicscan: How much attention you put on Europe? You still seem to be underrated over 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 other 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 actually getting liked.

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 crowd? 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 of 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 the fuck out.

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 would point out as your trademarks?

Black Dahlia Murder, The: i guess that we aren't hardcore at all, and never really feature an E-CHUG breakdown. If you've ever seen trevor's belly, you'd know that his bulk is most definately our trademark.

Musicscan: Your new album "Miasma" seems to be a little (!!) more groovy and in some way less speed and agression oriented to create something like a better flow and a more "complete" sounding. Is it just me or is there any truth to this?

Black Dahlia Murder, The:Most definately, we wanted to chill a bit and make a heavy album that would 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 "Unhallowed" it could have been so much heavier sounding.

Musicscan: Were there any particular adjustments or things that you wanted to improve 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 from each other song on the record.

Musicscan: Have there been any difficulties or obstacles during the songwriting or recording process?

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 this time. Would you agree?

Black Dahlia Murder, The: I wouldn't necessarilly say i agree, but if that's what you hear then i am 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 everyone within the extreme underground. Were you going for a more "inclusive" approach right from the beginning or is it a result of your progression? Or 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 all sorts of heavy shit and anything good leaves an impression upon the listener, it makes you as a musician realize new and different things about 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 do you feel about your place as a band in the extrem underground metal scene?

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 beyond. For us we just always wanted to be a straight-up metal band with a lot of melody.

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 your 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.

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