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Who Was Trevor Strnad? The Singer of The Black Dahlia Murder Died at 41

Edduin Carvajal
May 12, 2022
09:45 P.M.

Metal fans were sad to learn about the death of The Black Dahlia Murder singer and frontman Trevor Strnad. The "Shepard of good times" was only 41.

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The details of Trevor Strnad's death are still scarce, but the band released a statement on Instagram on May 11, 2022, to let their fans know about Strnad's passing.

Following the announcement, people took to social media to share condolences and express gratitude for Strnad's career. Here's everything you need to know about Strnad.

The Black Dahlia Murder performing live on December 18, 2020 | Source: YouTube.com/Metal Blade Records

The Black Dahlia Murder performing live on December 18, 2020 | Source: YouTube.com/Metal Blade Records

WHO WAS TREVOR STRNAD?

The melodic death metal band, The Black Dahlia Murder, described its late frontman and singer as a beloved son, brother, and "Shepard of good times" who could easily win over everyone he met.

In the Instagram post, the band shared that Strnad was a hugger who loved to write, create music, and be an entertainer. He was also a walking encyclopedia about everything related to music. The statement read, in part:

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"His lyrics provided the world with stories and spells and horror and whimsy. It was his life to be your show."

The Black Dahlia Murder performing live on December 18, 2020 | Source: YouTube.com/Metal Blade Records

The Black Dahlia Murder performing live on December 18, 2020 | Source: YouTube.com/Metal Blade Records

Not only was Strnad a metal performer but also an extreme fanatic. He loved the heavy sub-genre so much that he was a frequent collaborator for the music blog Metal Injection, where he wrote a column about underground death metal bands.

Although he profoundly respected metal, he never stopped supporting younger bands and kept things fresh by breaking out of the genre's boundaries.

Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, were some of the many people who shared condolences online following Strnad's death.

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - WHO ARE THEY?

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The Black Dahlia Murder is the band Strnad formed in Michigan in 2000. He named it after the 1947 unsolved and gruesome murder of Elizabeth Short, who became known posthumously as the Black Dahlia.

Apart from Strnad as the lead vocalist, the band was comprised of Brian Eschbach on the rhythm guitar, Max Lavelle on the bass, Alan Cassidy on the drums, and Brandon Ellis on the lead guitar.

[The band] had already scheduled a tour following the release of their latest album, Verminous.

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It is essential to point out that the group went through several lineup changes. Eschbach and Strnad were the last of the original members.

They released their first demo album, "What A Horrible Night to Have a Curse," in 2001. The following year, The Black Dahlia Murder published two more EPs before signing with Metal Blade Records.

In June 2003, they released their first studio album, "Unhallowed." In total, the band has nine albums and four EPs. One of their most successful years was 2009 when they opened for Children of Bodom at festivals across the US and Europe.

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WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF STRNAD'S DEATH?

Details about Strnad's death remain under wraps. The only clue that The Black Dahlia Murder gave about what might have happened was sharing the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in their statement.

The band had big plans for 2022. They had already scheduled a tour following the release of their latest album, Verminous. Their first show is meant to be in Munich, Germany, on August 3; the group has not disclosed what will happen to the tour.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "help" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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