Trevor Strnad’s bandmates have been as shocked as followers once they acquired the decision that the Black Dahlia Murder frontman had died in May.
“When [I was told] that Trevor was gone, I used to be simply in such disbelief and shock,” Black Dahlia Homicide drummer Alan Cassidy informed Decibel Magazine. “I saved considering again to the textual content messages I obtained. I assumed [the] name was concerning the tour on deck. From [the] wording, I assumed Trevor was lacking or in vital situation or one thing. It took me like 5 or 10 minutes to course of it. It was so surreal and heartbreaking. I felt the ache, however I additionally felt like I used to be crying at nothing as a result of I didn’t even consider it.”
Regardless of the tragedy, the Michigan melodic metallic band will play on, with a memorial gig and celebration of Strnad’s life scheduled at Saint Andrew’s Corridor on Oct. 28. Tickets went on sale by way of Live Nation on Friday.
Black Dahlia Homicide founding member and guitarist Brian Eschbach will go away his guitar behind to take over Strnad’s vocal duties. Ryan Knight, who has performed within the band earlier than, will fill in on guitar. Darkest Hour and Plague Years will open the October present.
Eschbach informed Decibel Journal that not one of the band members needed their time onstage to be over.
“We nonetheless really feel like there’s a lot left to do,” he mentioned in an in depth interview for Decibel’s November cowl story. “I do know Trevor would preserve this band going if I went down a deep, darkish path and weren’t right here. It’s larger than us. Once we lastly began speaking about it, we thought, ‘Let’s remake it from inside and see if Ryan needs to return. And I’ll take a crack on the vocals and see the way it goes.’ I can’t go on the market and do Trevor’s voice or attempt to be him. I can solely execute the music of the Black Dahlia Homicide with respect and attempt to do it essentially the most justice I can. I’ve heard Trevor carry out greater than anybody else alive.”
Eschbach informed Decibel that Strnad had been struggling together with his psychological well being points, however nobody anticipated his dying at 41 years previous. Whereas the reason for dying was by no means confirmed by the band or Strnad’s relations, a social media post announcing his passing contains the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline telephone quantity.
“I do know that he tried a number of issues, and he’d paid a number of totally different folks and tried a number of totally different prescriptions,” Eschbach mentioned. “He tried to search out one thing that labored for him. When he talked about his struggles with me, he talked about it prefer it was one thing he had gone via lately and had been at a darkish level. I didn’t have an thought of how unhealthy issues have been. The pandemic exacerbated and amplified every part folks have been coping with of their lives. There isn’t any manner that individuals not with the ability to dwell their lives didn’t influence everybody.”
Decibel’s cowl story on the Black Dahlia Homicide’s return will hit stands in November, however the full article might be learn on-line.