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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER: RYAN “BART” WILLIAMS TO REMAIN INVOLVED AS A WRITING AND RECORDING PARTNER

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Last week it was revealed that The Black Dahlia Murder have parted ways with bassist Ryan “Bart” Williams and replaced him with Max Lavelle (ex-Despised Icon); now the band has released an official statement on the matter, and not only was the split amicable (Williams apparently left the band “to pursue a career in recording), but it seems that just because Williams isn’t their bassist anymore doesn’t mean he won’t be involved in any capacity:

“…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,’ [from last year’s Ritual] amongst several others, mind you) to overseeing and co-producing future BDM recordings.”

I think it’s cool they’re gonna keep Williams involved in a songwriting capacity; if they find him helpful in the regard, there’s obviously no reason to cut him out of the loop altogether, even if Lavelle will ultimately be the musician who plays with the band. But I’m more intrigued to know in what capacity Williams will be involved in the recording process. BDM have made their last three albums with producers and technicians from the Audiohammer Studios family — namely Jason Suecof and Mark Lewis. Will they continue to work with Audiohammer? Is Williams going to be working in collaboration with Suecof and/or Lewis? We’ll obviously learn when the time is right, but like I said — I’m curious.

While we wait to find out, here’s a video of both Lavelle and Williams giving shout-outs to the fans, explaining the sitch, etc. A sort of passing of the baton, if you will…

-AR

[via Metal Underground]

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