The Black Dahlia Murder // Yule ‘em All // Live Stream Review
Formed in 2001, The Black Dahlia Murder released their Debut EP What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse and then in 2003 were signed to Metal Blade Records and the debut album Unhallowed followed. 2005 saw the release of Miasma and 2007 was the turn of Nocturnal. Changes to the bands line up had already begun by this point and continued before the 2009 release ofDeflorateand again for 2011 release of Ritual, along with the 2013 release of Everblack. The seventh studio album, Abysmalwas released 2015 and following a further change in the line-up, Nightbringers was released in 2017, bringing us up to date with the ninth studio albumVerminous.
There was a tour planned for Verminous, however with everything else, Covid royally fucked up those plans and personally, I was gutted to not see them at Bloodstock, so when this festive delight was announced, I could not wait to see what creative wonders the band had come up with.
Needless to say, this is not your average gig stream as Neil Hamburger begins to introduce us to what is coming, with the humorous side of the band on full display, as the band sit around the table passing the bong around and then we cut to the Regal Faecal Attic with the instruments set up, literally in an attic setting, with Christmas trees, decorations and then the outfits! With most of the band wearing matching checked onesies, Trevor is sporting a very fetching pink bunny outfit, including matching footwear.
As the get-ups would suggest, the band are clearly having fun, however, when the music starts, there is nothing playful or fluffy about the music blasting through the speakers as the opening track ‘Funeral Thirst’ erupts into the atmosphere with its technical brilliance that is matched by the unmistakable vocal of Strnad. This incredible audio continues to shatter the playful visuals with both being on opposite ends of the spectrum, but this is The Black Dahlia Murder!
As the incredible setlist continues, along with skits, more Neil Hamburger and different settings, and outfits which include Christmas jumpers and taking place in church we also have adverts for Ham Sanitiser – “The delicious food sanitiser”, presented by George ‘Corspegrinder’ Fisher that continues the hilarious aspect of this presentation.
The production of Yule ‘em All is fantastic and with the inclusion of the skits and banter between tracks, this feels like you have been invited to the band practice and can join in with the comedy and become part of what you are watching as you become emerged and fully engaged.
Closing with a quite different rendition of ‘Silent Night’ all you want to do is watch this again and again as this becomes a favourite Christmas Movie as this musical has everything that a fan of the band or heavy music could want for. Novel visuals, a damned good giggle and incredibly crushing music. The only questions that remain are, where can I get Ham Sanitiser and when Yule ‘Em All being released on Blu-Ray?!
The Black Dahlia Murder – Verminous European Tour 2022