Into the black: The Black Dahlia Murder swing into Gabe’s this Wednesday

Black Dahlia Murder
The Black Dahlia Murder performing in Glasgow in 2013. — photo by Iain Purdie

Black Dahlia Murder w/ Lorna Shore

Gabe’s — Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The Black Dahlia Murder perform this Wednesday at Gabe’s, and although mid-week might not be the ideal time to catch a high-energy heavy metal concert, this is one show fans of the genre won’t want to miss.

Black Dahlia Murder claim to hail from the Detroit suburbs, but they might as well be from Gothenburg. Following in the footsteps of their idols In Flames and At The Gates, these guys play Swedish melodic death metal. And the quintet has actually enjoyed surprising mainstream success considering their extreme sound — the last five of their six studio albums have charted in the Billboard Top 200, with last year’s Everblack peaking at 32.

To set themselves apart from the oft-monotonous American death metal, Black Dahlia Murder incorporates the guitar-driven melody and high-pitched shrieking made famous by the Swedes. Their lyrics also imitate the Swedish style, often centering around dark and supernatural themes, evident in their hits “What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse” and “In Hell is Where She Waits For Me.”

While they don’t have any new songs to promote, they have recently released Fool ‘Em All, a double-disc DVD including a documentary of the band plus gag reel, as well as live footage of their greatest hits. Since it’s a reflection of their 14-year career, the set list for this supporting tour should include all the fan-favorites.

The opening act is Lorna Shore, a four-piece deathcore band from New Jersey. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. with a $17 door charge.

And while you’re at it, check out the music video for “Everything Went Black.” It’s a little weird, but with a band who took their name from one of the U.S.’s longest unsolved murders, are you really that surprised?

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