Black Dahlia Murder: A Pittsburgh Pictorial

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The Black Dahlia Murder derived their name from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, and in Pittsburgh the absolutely killed. With influences ranging from Carcass, At the Gates, Darkane, Dissection, Darkthrone, Morbid Angel, The Haunted, In Flames, Dimension Zero, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica, Pantera and Megadeth- the band has an interesting mix of very hardcore genres.

Mainly sticking to the genres of melodic death metal, metalcore, and deathcore, when asked to describe what kind of music the band plays, Strnad commented: “I’ve always said that we’re melodic death metal. We are mostly influenced by Swedish bands and Carcass. The heavy end of our sound is the American style creeping in, with some Floridian influences like Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation and that kind of stuff. We’ve been labeled more often because of our look than our sound, which is dumb, and speaks volumes about what kind of geniuses are out there!”. In an interview with Uranium Magazine, Strnad also stated, “Some bands that get labeled as metalcore are actually good, like Between the Buried and Me or The Red Chord. Metal is what I grew up with, and then I learned about punk and hardcore. But a lot of our ethics, the way we carry ourselves, is more punk…I like that hardcore has a sense of community without the competition you see in metal.”

The only disappointment for many of the Pittsburgh fans was the “early” start of BDM. Most shows at Stage AE start about an hour after doors open, but BDM went on pretty early (6:30) causing many to miss part or all of their set.

-all photos property of AWeldingphoto and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

SYNTHETIC BREED Releases ‘Zero Degrees Freedom’ EP

Australian-based industrial metallers SYNTHETIC BREED will drop their second release for San Francisco, CA based indie metal label Rogue Records America, entitled Zero Degrees Freedom on May 29, 2012. The four-piece signed with the label in September 2011 and the new five track EP is their first release for Rogue Records with new material. The digital-only release will be available for purchase through Amazon, Bandcamp, and other digital retailers. The EP package comes complete with PDF booklet, desktop background and Facebook timeline banner.

Zero Degrees Freedom was mastered by Mike Spreitzer of DevilDriver at his studio in Santa Barbara, CA. Having heard the band thanks to his friendship with Rogue Records founder and President Dean Martinetti, Mike was eager to get on board and lend his hand to the production.

The EP contains five industrial metal cuts fronted by stand-in female vocalist M. Refalaeda. In addition to completely re-working fan favorites like ‘Resilience’, the EP also contains the brand new single ‘Dimension Zero’ (the new video for the single can be viewed at this location).

SYNTHETIC BREED drummer Daniel Luttick states, “It’s been a couple of years since we’ve released new material. It’s a great feeling to be releasing new and re-worked material. I’m a big fan of DevilDriver and Mike’s work adds a bit of polish that really brings out the best of what we’ve done. Zero Degrees Freedom is just preview of what people can expect from our next full-feature album.”

Rogue Records previously released the double album Convergence and The Perpetual Motion Machine, for exclusive digital release. The latter album was also released for mail order through Rogue Records physical distribution with Century Media’s CM Distro.