The Black Dahlia Murder have finally let the cat out of the bag. The band has announced that once full time bass player Ryan “Bart” Williams has stepped down from his position as a member of the band to focus on a full time career in recording instead.
Vocalist Trevor Strand had these comments:
“Well kids, enough with all the secrets… it’s about time we in The Black Dahlia Murder clue you fans in and tell all about our recent hush hush bassist situation… I’m sure some of you who have seen us on tour in the last months have grown curious as to who this mystery man bass extraordinaire could be and have wondered what long time bassist Ryan “Bart” Williams could be up to. After months of tip-toeing around it, we’ve decided to break the silence and let you guys know the truth.”
To see the rest of Trevor’s comments click here.
“After six long, grueling years of relentless back-to-back touring, Ryan Williams has decided to step down from his full time position in The Black Dahlia Murder to pursue a career in recording. Although the remaining members are indeed saddened by his decision, the good news is that Ryan will still be involved in the band in many ways, from continued contributions of songwriting (Ryan wrote those sick Robocop riffs in “Malenchantments Of The Necrosphere”, amongst several others, mind you) to overseeing and co-producing future BDM recordings. As you will clearly see by the statements of all parties involved, the change is completely amicable, and the love and brotherhood we’ve shared with Ryan over the years remains untarnished. We wish him the absolute best of luck with Augmented Audio and all of his future endeavors.
Max Lavelle was literally the first idea of a replacement for Ryan, we had toured alongside him when he was playing with Despised Icon a few different times and had the chance to become pretty good friends with the guy as well as be allowed the chance to see him perform live many times. Max is a diehard metal head, a great bassist, a monstrous live presence and a welcome shot of energy into the bloodstream of this band. His enthusiasm for forwarding the whole is inspiring and exactly what we need at this point in time.”
Ryan “Bart” Williams and Max Lavelle made this video discussing the transfer of positions.
The Black Dahlia Murder is set to kick of a tour soon, check out the dates below:
05/11 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
05/12 Eau Claire, WI House Of Rock
05/13 Fargo, ND The Venue
05/14 Billings, MT Mannys
05/15 Spokane, WA A-Club
05/16 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw
05/18 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
05/19 Calgary, AB The Den
05/20 Regina, SK The Exchange
05/21 Winnipeg, MB WECC
05/22 Thunder Bay, ON CROCKS
05/24 Toronto, ON Wreck Room
05/25 Quebec City, QC Imperial
05/26 Montreal, QC The National
05/27 Moncton, NB The Manhattan
05/28 Halifax, NS The Pavilion
05/29 Halifax, NS The Seahorse
05/31 Ottawa, ON Ritual
06/01 London, ON Rum Runner’s
06/02 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
06/23 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theater
06/24 Atlantic City, NJ Orion Fest