I have been going to the Nile Theater since I was 17 and it became my home away from home. Nostalgia always sets in every time I walk down that alley to the back door with no sign. I always thought that alley entrance was awesome because it seems like a scene from a movie. The Black Dahlia Murder played last Friday at the Nile and I was surprised how many people showed up to kick some ass. It was the most people I have seen at the Nile since it reopened. Right away The Black Dahlia Murder began ripping your heart out with metal blasting your soul full of heavy reverberation. They had a great stage presence and were all over the stage rocking out just as hard as the crowd. I have to admit the fans that showed up that night were amazing.
The crowd fed off Black Dahlia’s energy and vice versa. At one point there was a chant going for about a minute and it was so loud and consistent that Trevor, the lead singer, almost seemed shocked he was witnessing this enthusiasm. Trevor’s on stage antics are actually a little counter metal because he is genuinely having a good time and just flailing his arms back and forth with a happy, stupid grin on his face. It is refreshing to see a lead singer smile every once and a while in metal and you can tell he was enjoying the show.
The crowd again impressed me with the pit they created since there was almost no karate kid type antics. The pit circled with such fervor at times that I almost thought they were on a mission to burrow a hole to hell and invite the demons to join the party. A proper pit by the younger fans of metal is few and far between. The elders, such as me, have been annoyed with this degradation of pitting standards for years. Everyone was extremely helpful and got people off the floor right away too. It is great to see the courtesy of pitting standards has carried on at least. The stage diving was insane and there were people diving off the stage almost every song.
No one was pushing the stage divers out of the way either and it was a shared communal understanding that the crowd was there to have fun and not screw up the set. The last thing about the crowd Friday night which impressed me was the amount of younger fans that came out to partake in the show. It’s awesome to know there will still be a passionate and loyal fan base to carry on the metal tradition long after I am gone.
Honestly if you missed this show than you should feel horrible because the energy that was created in the main hall of the Nile was astounding. The Black Dahlia Murder show was the prime example of what makes metal great and it was even better than the show they put on in Australia at the Soundwave Festival. Sure there were fans of Black Dahlia down under but the rabid appreciation for the ripping tunes of The Black Dahlia Murder can only be truly appreciated and expressed by the fans of their home country. That kind of heart is something we can all be proud of as fans of an underappreciated genre.