Ritual, the latest studio album from the Detroit deathsters, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER has landed at the #29 spot on the Billboard Top 200, #6 on the Billboard Top Independent Album, #4 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums and #9 on the Billboard Rock Albums Chart. The record entered the UK’s Rock & Metal Chart at #20 and #38 in the Indie Chart making Ritual the band’s strongest first week release in the UK. In Germany, Ritual entered the German Media Control “Newcomer” charts at #15 and is in the official Media Markt charts at #93. In addition, Ritual came in at #32 on Canada’s Top 200 Chart, #5 on the Independent Charts and #4 on the Hard Charts.
Vocalist Trevor Strnad comments: “We are beyond stoked at the first week sales of Ritual! We are completely and utterly blown away. We can’t thank the fans enough for their incredible devotion to what we do, it means the world to us. We’ll be out rocking some new tunes in your town very soon, come check it out!”
Released on June 17 via Metal Blade Records, Ritual is a collection of 12 tracks that see the band staying true to their sound and style while progressing in both writing and musicianship. Guitarist Ryan Knight has delivered truly searing leads that will without a doubt daze and lay waste the ears of both loyal BLACK DAHLIA diehards and burgeoning fans alike. Music for Ritual was recorded in early 2011 in Detroit, MI with Mark Lewis (Deicide, Unearth) and the band producing with vocals and mixing taking place at Orlando, Florida based studio, Audio Hammer with Jason Suecof (TBDM, Beneath the Massacre, Job for a Cowboy, All That Remains).
Here’s what people have been saying about the new album, Ritual, from THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER:
“epic power throughout…a real statement” 4.5/5 stars, Alternative Press Magazine
“surprisingly dynamic, impressive, a creative rebirth for this talented band.” Decibel Magazine
“an inexhaustible bout of melodic death metal that juggles more influences than most bands can name and balances effortlessly somewhere between Pantera, Suffocation, and Darkane.” Revolver Magazine
“hands down one of the most vicious slabs of metal we’ll get this year.” MetalSucks.net
“their most diverse and accomplished record of their career. It had everything you’d come to expect from the band and much, much more” 9.5/10, SMNnews.com