Detroit Michigan's melodic death metal outfit THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER are back on the road and return to Vancouver on May 16th in support of their latest album Ritual.
Ritual is a collection of 12 tracks that see the band staying true to their sound and style while progressing in both writing and musicianship. Guitarist Ryan Knight has delivered truly searing leads that will without a doubt daze and lay waste the ears of both loyal Black Dahlia diehards and burgeoning fans alike. Music for Ritual was recorded in early 2011 in Detroit, MI with Mark Lewis (Deicide, All That Remains, Whitechapel) and the band producing with vocals and mixing taking place at Orlando, Florida based studio, Audio Hammer with Jason Suecof (BDM, Beneath the Massacre, Job for a Cowboy, All That Remains).
In its first week of release Ritual landed at the #29 spot on the Billboard Top 200, #6 on the Billboard Top Independent Album, #4 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums and #9 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart. The record entered the UK's Rock & Metal Chart at #20 and #38 in the Indie Chart making Ritual the band's strongest first week release in the UK. In Germany, Ritual entered the German Media Control "Newcomer" charts at #15 and is in the official Media Market charts at #93. In addition, Ritual came in at #32 on Canada's Top 200 Chart, #5 on the Independent Charts and #4 on the Hard Charts.
"surprisingly dynamic…impressive…a creative rebirth for this talented band." Decibel Magazine
"an inexhaustible bout of melodic death metal that juggles more influences than most bands can name and balances effortlessly somewhere between Pantera, Suffocation, and Darkane." Revolver Magazine
"hands down one of the most vicious slabs of metal we'll get this year." MetalSucks.net
"epic power throughout…a real statement" 4.5/5 stars, Alternative Press Magazine