Founded in 2001, The Black Dahlia Murder has attracted legions of fans around the world with their melodic death metal and famously intense live shows.
Savannah will get a chance to experience one of those live performances when the iconic band takes the stage on Oct. 11 at Victory North, 2603 Whitaker St.Get Savannah arts & culture news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our morning, afternoon and food newsletters
“Nightbringers,” The Black Dahlia Murder’s critically acclaimed eighth album, hit number 35 on the Billboard 200 in 2017.
“The overall aura of ‘Nightbringers’ is that of adrenaline and evil,” wrote a reviewer for “Metal Injection.” “Among the use of melodic death metal, and times of classic death metal, the band also tosses in some gothic flare.”
Founding members Trevor Strnad (lead vocals) and Brian Eschbach (guitar and vocals) remain with the band, which also includes Max Lavelle (bass), Alan Cassidy (drums) and Brandon Ellis (guitar and vocals).
The Black Dahlia Murder, which has more than a million followers on Facebook, takes its name from the notorious unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947.
Savannah has a strong metal tradition, but as the city changes, it seems like fewer and fewer residents are aware of the internationally known acts that were founded here, including Baroness, Kylesa and Black Tusk.
The Jinx continues to book metal acts routinely, but beyond that venue, fans of metal have had relatively few options in recent years. So it’s good to see Victory North broadening its reach with The Black Dahlia Murder.
After the band’s gig at Victory North, The Black Dahlia Murder wraps up their current tour with weekend shows with Black Label Society in North Carolina. The Black Dahlia Murder will play 27 cities on a European tour in November and December.
The Victory North gig begins pleasantly early, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the music starting around 7 p.m. on Oct. 11. Depressor and Knightsquatch will open, so the headliner will likely take the stage around 9 p.m.
But don’t miss out on the openers. Depressor and Knightsquatch are Savannah-based bands that could be instrumental in maintaining the city’s standing as a hub for up-and-coming metal acts.
General admission tickets ($21) are now available through Eventbrite.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.