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|Trevor Ranks TBDM|
Trevor Strnad, vocalist of The Black Dahlia Murder, recently ranked his albums from worst to best, including explanations of each album's rank. Pretty interesting read and outcome.
|8||The Black Dahlia Murder|
“A lot of the problems on this one are my fault. I was in charge of the themes, lyrics, and artwork, and I feel like those are the biggest messes of the record. I had this vision of having the artwork done by Aaron Turner of ISIS, and it was gonna be so gorgeous, and…it didn’t really pan out. We ended up sending a guy to Vegas to take pictures of the strip. It was supposed to look like a drunk dude, like looking through the eyes of a drunk or someone drugged out, and…I don’t know, it just didn’t really come across in that way."
|7||The Black Dahlia Murder|
“Overall, I think we were getting too technical for our own good. We didn’t realize that we weren’t giving the deliver any dynamics — it was a constant barrage, and that can kind of become static after a while. One of the biggest takeaways from that was that we wanted to slow it down and give the listener some dynamics. The opening song is cool, but it’s not really set up as an opening song, with a big intro — it just sort of starts. The first song is really important for setting a pace, you’ve got to have people excited for the first moment. Also, on this album, the guitars are a little quiet, which was such a problem. They’re so necessary for BDM songs. They do the singing — I’m just there."
|6||The Black Dahlia Murder|
“I DO like this record, I definitely do, but it was a difficult one for me to make personally. Looking back, the mix is the most disappointing part. Initially, we had this really, really killer mix, and it was raw, we were definitely going for a more raw approach. Alan [Cassidy, drums] is a good drummer — it’s an insult to him to just slide everything perfectly on the grid. We were thinking about, What makes these old albums from pre-2000 sound so much better than everything that’s out now? And we thought, They’re just natural-sounding. That was the impetus there."
|5||The Black Dahlia Murder|
“Everblack got made during an interesting time, because we had a new line-up in tow, and we had eyes on us because of that. Losing Shannon [Lucas, drums] and Bart [AKA Ryan Williams, bass] was a big deal, even more so because of the DVD we made. People are so attached to that specific line-up — even today, we’re dealing with that. People were bummed to see those characters leave, because they felt like they got to know it. But we knew we had a good line-up with Max [Lavelle, bass] and Alan, and we knew that we had a good record on our hands."
|4||The Black Dahlia Murder|
“This is obviously the fan favorite. A lot of people came into the fold as fans on this third album. I think people might be surprised that it’s not higher on my list, but a lot of my choices are based on what I did with lyrics and patterns. Like Deflorate, I struggled somewhat on the most technical of the music. Now when I look back, there’s just some stuff that’s just juvenile. It seems nonsensical to me. But it’s not to the fault of anyone else — I like the songs, and I like the songs we play live."
|3||The Black Dahlia Murder|
“This was the first time we started to use samples during the songs — a little piano or acoustic guitars here and there. And since then, we’ve learned to make that work live. So we started incorporating these small, little things, that took this album to the third direction. That was really the focus, then — take the formula we knew, but give it more staying power, more to chew on. It was a bit more varied than anything we’d done at the time. I was a bit apprehensive about putting On Stirring Seas Of Salted Blood third because it was this slow, Morbid Angel slimer of a song, but it’s become one of the staples of our set."
|2||The Black Dahlia Murder|
“Brandon joining the band, not just as a lead guitar player but as a creative force, has been amazing. I don’t even know what I’m as good at, as he is at playing guitar. Maybe jerking off? It’s insane to have this little genius come into the band. He’s very versed in the studio, he actually took the reins of the mix for a lot of it, he knew what he wanted out of the guitars…so we just stepped back and let him do his thing. And that made the album even stronger. So now, we’re realizing, fully, the manimal of what this kid is. He gave us a real shot in the arm, and the fans really took to him right away."
|1||The Black Dahlia Murder|
“But I like it! I like the way it sounds. It’s raw, it’s real…it’s a bunch of kids! And I feel like it’s a Polaroid of us, of that young energy we had. That whole transition to being a touring band, that was it. A lot of what I love is the memories surrounding it, but when we did the whole album all the way through semi-recently, I thought it was a joy. To hear every song at its maximum potential, perfectly in the pocket — we were doing everything we were reaching to do at that point. I don’t know, man, I think it was a special album. It was just the right thing at the right time.”
|How about that now?|
|Thanks for the share. I always enjoy seeing what the band members themselves think of their music in this capacity |
|I love reading Trevor’s stuff on Facebook, must’ve missed this. Don’t agree with him though lmao.|
4 > 8 > 1 > 2 > 5 > 3 > 6 > 7
|Even Trevor thinks deflorate has shitty artwork thank god|
|I definitely agree with most of his points. That said, I'd rank them differently, at least the top half.|
3 > 2 > 4 > 1 > 5 > 6 > 7 > 8
|Hell yeah 1 is 1.|
|really cool list|
|bummer that Abysmal didnt turn out as raw as they wanted (or maybe just Trevor wanted that?). so many metal bands could benefit so much by stripping away that sheen a little. while i am a fan of TBDM, i havent been a fan of the production Nocturnal and on.|
|I mean at least he recognizes why the older records just sound better|
|Really cool seeing him rank his own stuff. Have always loved this guy as a huge appreciator of all extreme music.|
|Trebor ranks TBDM|
|Trebor make one.|
|I've only heard 2 and a quarter of them|