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Kings of the Night 

Black Dahlia Murder is metal at its heaviest

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Unrelenting and unapologetic, the Black Dahlia Murder is a band that has defined the modern heavy metal era with seven pummeling albums over the course of 16 years.

Named for the infamous unsolved murder that gripped Los Angeles in 1947, the Michigan-based band regularly charts on the U.S. Billboard 200, peaking as high as 31 with the 2011 album Ritual, a rare feat for a band most often classified as death-metal.

Mixing melodic, lightning-fast guitar riffs from founding guitarist Brian Eschbach with the volcanic growls and phantasmal screams of lead vocalist and frontman Trevor Strnad, the Black Dahlia Murder recently unleashed their eighth studio album, Nightbringers, to the universal praise of critics and the band's legion of fans.

Moody and intricate, Nightbringers expressively shifts through several frequencies of extreme metal and sears into the listener's ear at a breakneck pace over the course of nine nefarious tracks. Currently on a tour that crisscrosses the continent, the Black Dahlia Murder make their only Bay Area appearance with a North Bay concert this weekend hosted by the Sonoma County Metal & Hardcore group and featuring other heavyweight bands like the Zenith Passage, Exhumed and Aberration.

The Black Dahlia Murder shreds on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. 6pm. $26–$30. 707.762.3565.—Charlie Swanson

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