Taking its name from the 1947 murder case of Elizabeth Short (which remains unsolved), Michigan quintet The Black Dahlia Murder has been kicking ass and taking names since their inception in 2000. With their pristine blend of melodic death metal vibes and abrasive live presence, they’re certainly a force to be reckoned with both on stage and off. Fortunately, fans in the Philadelphia area will be able to verify the former inference for themselves very soon, as the group is coming to the TLA on Friday, Oct. 10th. Be prepared to rage!
To date, the group has released six studio albums, dating from 2003’s Unhallowed to last year’s Everblack. In addition, they’ve recently released their second DVD, Fool ‘Em All (a title that likely references Metallica’s debut, Kill ‘Em All). They cite influences that include classic metal acts like Megadeth, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden, as well as more modern groups like In Flames, At the Gates, and Dimension Zero. In addition, all members agree that the vocal techniques of ‘80s British grindcore pioneer Carcass are definitely a factor in their blend.
Accompanying The Black Dahlia Murder will be Suicide Silence, a death metal five-piece from Riverside, California. Founded in 2002, they’ve released four LPs, two EP, and a live album entitled Ending is the Beginning: the Mitch Lucker Memorial Show, which honored the life of their founding vocalist (who died in a motorcycle accident in 2012). Also, their latest studio work, You Can’t Stop Me, was released earlier this year and takes its name from the title of a song that Lucker wrote. In 2009, they were awarded the prestigious Revolver Golden God award for “Best New Talent.” All in all, they sound like a perfect fit for the TLA line-up.
Also on the horizon are Chelsea Grin and Alterbeast. The former is a deathcore group from Utah that stands out most due to its formation (a sextet with three guitarists). Back in July, they released their third full-length, Ashes to Ashes, which they’d only begun recording about seven months prior. They also incorporate progressive metal and doom metal into their sound, citing groups like Slayer, Deftones, and the aforementioned touring duo as having an impact on their sound.
As for Alterbeast, they’re a Californian death metal beast whose five members collectively adore a ton of stylistic siblings, such as Death, Behemoth, Nile, and Cannibal Corpse, as well as more accessible bands like Queen, Rush, and the Beatles. Their latest effort, Immortal, came out back in March, a full three years after they first got together officially.
The show is set to start at 7:30 PM and brutal tickets can be purchased here.