4/17/2016

The Black Dahlia Murder at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY 4/16/16

Last night, on April 16, 2016, I attended, as press, The Black Dahlia Murder (TBDM) show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. TBDM have long been one of my personal favorite death metal bands. In fact, their latest release, Abysmal, was my pick for album of the year last year. As such, I am very happy to report that whole night was a night of brutal, savage, and kick ass death metal!

Opening up the night was the savage music of Disentomb. Hailing from Australia this is brutal death metal at it's most fucking brutal. The music they played was just pummeling. I had never heard them before, but holy fuck are they ever awesome! This is exactly my cup of blood, and they fucking killed it, in my book. The drumming, and just everything else about them, is ferocious and make for one of the best opening acts I have ever seen at a show. In all, they truly fucking destroyed!
 
 

The next band up was progressive death metal act Fallujah. Hailing from San Fransisco, California, these guys have a complex and highly technical sound. There are lots of tempo changes and amazing musicianship on display. The music, itself, is always remains heavy as fuck, even as it mixes jazzy parts, deathcore breakdowns, and technically proficient death metal. It makes for a significantly original sound that sets them apart from so many other acts in the subgenre. 
 
 
 
It was soon time for the headlines, The Black Dahlia Murder to come and tear shit up. By the time, they did the sold-out crowd was all in attendance, and it was packed to the rafters. And, from the moment they came onstage to the last song they played, it was utter fucking mayhem unleased on earth.
They, of course, played lots of songs from their aforementioned and utterly awesome latest release Absymal. Among the killers tracks that they played from that album were "Receipt", "Vlad, Son of the Dragon", "Threat Level No. 3". They also played classics from their other releases including such favorites like "Nocturnal", "Moonlight Equilibrium" (which had signer Trevor Strnad ask the fans to bark like dogs before they played it!), and "I Will Return".
I cannot stress enough just how awesome a live band TBDM is. Not only do they sound every bit as good as they do on their albums, but they are just such a fun band to experience. They really know how to get the pit going. It was fucking brutal in there! I saw at least one dude who had blood running down his face. When he noticed, he just smiled! That's fucking badass, man! There was also some stage-diving and crowd-surfing. The fact is that pretty much the whole audience would jump and move around adding to an awesome and epic concert!
 One of many fans who got onstage to dive and have fun!
 The ultra-brutal pit!
 Trevor is such an awesome frontman! I would say that he is one of the coolest in death metal.
 
This is Victor. Apparently he is a huge fan of TBDM. The band knows him, and Trevor asked the fans to have him crowd-surf for whole duration of one song.
 It wouldn't be a TBDM if Trevor didn't get shirtless!
 Not gonna lie, meeting Trevor was a huge highlight for me!

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