The cover artwork for THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER's upcoming album, "Nocturnal", has been posted on the band's MySpace page. Due later in the year via Metal Blade Records, the follow-up to 2005's "Miasma" is being recorded with Eric Rachel (who mixed "Miasma") and will be mixed by Jason Suecof, who has previously worked with TRIVIUM, CHIMAIRA, DEVILDRIVER, GOD FORBID and BURY YOUR DEAD, among others. A video clip THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER performing a new song, entitled "Virally Yours", live at the Bled Fest 2007 on May 5 at the Skateland Complex in Westland, Michigan has posted at YouTube.
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER vocalist Trevor Strnad told MTV.com in January that"Nocturnal" will be "definitely in the same vein as our older stuff. Nothing drastically changed. It's just more tasteful, and some of this new stuff will be faster than the last record. . . There's going to be a lot more soloing than we've done previously. This record's a bit more European-sounding, I think. More so than we already were, if you can imagine that. The solo stuff has a black metal-ish flavor to it. We messed around with that a little bit previously, but some of the songs have a major DISSECTION kind of feel to them."
Lyrically, Strnad said the record will be "more horror-oriented" than "Miasma". "As far as gore and death and stuff like that goes, I mean, that's all been done — into the ground," he said. "I am just trying to do something like that, but with my own flavor to it. There are still ways to repulse people out there — I just need to figure it all out."
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER is also working on its first DVD release, which Strnad hopes will include footage documenting the making of the band's next record.
(Thanks: Matt / Adam Mattson)