Several months after the passing of the band’s frontman Trevor Strnad, The Black Dahlia Murder announced that they would be continuing forward as a band and confirmed who their new vocalist would be. That vocalist is none other than Black Dahlia Murder member Brian Eschbach.
News of Brian taking on the role of frontman came via an interview the band did with Decibel Magazine. In that interview, Eschbach shared the following: “We spent many days thinking things like, ‘Is this over?’. None of us wanted it to be over. We still feel like there is a lot left to do. I know Trevor would keep this band going if I went down a deep, dark path and weren’t here. It’s bigger than us. When we finally started talking about it, we thought, ‘Let’s remake it from within and see if Ryan wants to return. And I’ll take a crack on the vocals and see how it goes.’ I can’t go out there and do Trevor’s voice or try to be him. I can only execute the music of the Black Dahlia Murder with respect and try to do it the most justice I can. I’ve heard Trevor perform more than anyone else alive.”
In that same interview, the band also announced that they would be playing their first show – with Brian as frontman – on October 28th. Footage of that performance has surfaced online and wow is it incredible. While there will never be another voice like Trevor’s, Eschbach does a great job presenting a similar energy that Strand shared with so many.
We have included a few videos below that feature footage of this performance. The Black Dahlia Murder is also playing at this year’s Decibel Metal & Beer Fest.
We love and miss you Trevor <3
— Sanguisugabogg (@sanguisugabogg) October 29, 2022
— Sanguisugabart (@AugmentedRyan) October 29, 2022