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Black Dahlia Murder

December 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

The Black Dahlia Murder at The Forge, Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Rebel Show

The Black Dahlia Murder, w/

  • Havok
  • Midnight
  • Ghoul
  • Gost
  • Skeletal Remains

@The Forge
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Show = 7:00 pm
(doors = 6:30 pm)
All Ages

The Black Dahlia Murder

The Black Dahlia MurderDetroit’s The Black Dahlia Murder, named for the infamous 1947 slaying of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia, actually sounds like they should live in Scandinavia, where much of the frenetic brand of death and black metal that inspires them originated.

Formed in January 2001, The Black Dahlia Murder followed their six-song “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse” demo with the four-track “A Cold-Blooded Epitaph” EP, which was released on their own Lovelost Records. Having already made a number of acclaimed concert appearances (e.g., the Milwaukee Metal Fest), the group — comprising vocalist Trevor Strnad, guitarists Brian Eschbach and Jon Kemppainen, bassist David Lock, and drummer Cory Grady — signed with Metal Blade in 2003 and was soon recording its debut album, Unhallowed. The 2005 release Miasma and 2007’s Nocturnal kept death metal as the group’s foundation, though the band began exhibiting an increasingly melodic streak that came to fruition on 2009’s brutal but majestic Deflorate. The group’s fifth studio album, Ritual, arrived in the summer of 2011, followed by Everblack in 2013, which was greeted with almost universal acclaim. After a year touring, The Black Dahlia Murder went back into the studio. They re-enlisted producer Mark Lewis (who worked on 2011’s Ritual) and former bass player Ryan Williams, who helped engineer Everblack. They emerged with Abysmal, released in the fall of 2015, and followed it with a grueling schedule of touring for more than a year playing headline and festival support gigs across the United States and Europe. It took its toll. Later in the year, guitarist Ryan Knight amicably left the band, and was replaced by Brandon Ellis (Arsis, ex-Cannibal Corpse). In 2017, TBDM commenced work on a new album with bandmembers working separately in different metro Detroit-area studios with various engineers — including former bassist Williams and Joe Cincotta. In the end, Ellis emerged as an important new songwriter as well as guitarist. The finished album, Nightbringers, was issued in October of 2017 through Metal Blade. (Source)


HavokHavok the thrash metal powerhouse reigning from Colorado formed in 2004. After two self-released albums, the band caught the attention of England’s Candlelight Records. Burn was released in early spring of 2009. Incorporating blisteringly fast guitar riffs, machine-like drumming, groovy bass lines, searing leads, and hard-hitting vocals, Havok is able to maintain that *punch-you-in-the-throat* style of music. Fast forward to 2011 and the Denver-based thrashers return with their second album. The band turns the heat up with new thrash anthems. Time Is Up immediately showcases the band’s highly skilled musicianship.Blistering guitar work once again highlights the album. Song standouts include album opener “Prepare for Attack,” “Fatal Intervention,” “Covering Fire,” and“Scumbag in Disguise.”

Although there are many other thrash bands out there, there is one thing that sets Havok apart from the others. This band puts their own stamp on the genre by employing a more technical side of music, while maintaining the feel. Havok’s live show is where the band really catches peoples’ attention, with their non-stop energy level and their ability to get the audience involved. They are a must-see for any fan of live music! Havok has received tons of positive feedback for their efforts to make thrash a mainstay in modern music: and they will continue to spread the intensity until they decide the job is done! Given their talent, determination, and constantly growing fan base, Havok is destined to become a mainstay in this scene! (Source)


Midnight logoMidnight is a Punk/Metal band from Cleveland, OH. For those of you into the truly barbaric, vomit-stained sounds of Motörhead, Venom, Discharge, Hellhammer, early D.R.I., Carnivore!!!


GhoulNot much is known about Ghoul as they are always seen wearing masks. The members go by the stage names Cremator, Fermentor, Digestor, and Dissector. The band has a large line-up of characters in their lyrics, including the four of themselves. Most of the information about them comes from the “Curio Shop Owner” one of the many characters mentioned in their songs. They claim to be mutants that came from Creepsylvania. Ghoul was signed after self-releasing a demo. Their musical style is best described as a blend of thrash and death metal with death metal vocals and lyrics. (Source)


Gost logoAnd it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.

Directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness, which many people do not believe exists. The power of the Devil. The power of Satan. The power of Baalberith. (Source)

Skeletal Remains

skeletal remainsCalifornian death metal act Skeletal Remains will release their forthcoming third studio album, entitled “Devouring Mortality” on April 13th, 2018 via Dark Descent Records in North America and Century Media Records for the rest of the world. Tracked at Trench Studios (Abysmal Dawn, Exhumed, Hirax, etc.) in California and mixed by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studio (Asphyx, Dissection, Bloodbath, etc.), the record’s artwork was created by Dan Seagrave (Entombed, Morbid Angel, Pestilence etc.), to much excitement of vocalist, guitarist and main composer Chris Monroy: “Having the opportunity to work with Dan Seagrave on the artwork was a dream come true for us, and Dan Swanö, man he really made our album sound huge and heavy as fuck! It is a true honor to be able to work with these two legends. We can’t wait to share it with all the fans of death metal!”

To give you a short run down of the band’s history, Skeletal Remains formed as Anthropophagy back in 2011, and released the two much lauded studio albums “Beyond The Flesh” (2012) and “Condemned To Misery” (2015) via German label FDA Rekotz, constantly toured Europe, the US or also Japan, performed at such renowned festivals as Maryland Death Fest, Party.San, Brutal Assault, Obscene Extreme or also Hellfest, and now seek to expand upon that with “Devouring Mortality”. Inspired by acts like early Pestilence, Gorguts, Morbid Angel, and Demolition Hammer, the new record proves to be the band’s most diverse and crushing opus to date and contains a whole lot of outstanding tracks. No matter if it is the scorching first single ‘Seismic Abyss’, the dynamic ‘Catastrophic Retribution’, ‘Parasitic Horrors’ or ‘Reanimating Pathogen’, Skeletal Remains blend elements of death and thrash metal with blazing solos uniting influences from such a melodic master like James Murphy (Death, Cancer, Obituary, Testament) to the dive-bombing assault of Rick Rozz (Death, Massacre). “The album is basically the next step up for us! It’s a bit more technical compared to our first two albums and we have also used seven string guitars for some songs to add a heavier edge at times, but overall it has the same sound and feeling of our previous releases: Old school death metal from the late 80s and early 90s with a little bit of our own taste added to it!”

So make sure to listen to “Devouring Mortality” as it might be one of 2018’s finest slabs of death metal and totally lives up to the band’s perspective. (Source)


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