Summer Slaughter 2011 featured The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, Powerglove, and Fleshgod Apocalypse.

July 28th, 2011 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA

The Black Dahlia Murder

About The Black Dahlia Murder

The Black Dahlia Murder formed in Waterford, Michigan in 2001 and took its name from the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, known as Black Dahlia. Brian Eschbach, Max Lavelle, Alan Cassidy, Brandon Ellis, and Ryan Knight currently make up the band’s lineup. Trevor Strnad and Eschbach were the only constant members until Strnad’s death in 2022, which led to Eschbach taking over lead vocals.

Out of their nine studio albums, the last eight have charted on the Billboard 200, with their fifth album, Ritual, reaching No. 31 in 2011, making them one of the most popular contemporary American extreme metal bands. They released their ninth and latest album, Verminous, on April 17, 2020. The Black Dahlia Murder came together in late 2000 and finalized their lineup in January 2001. They released their demo, What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse, and a four-track EP, A Cold-Blooded Epitaph, on Lovelost Records.

After performing at the Milwaukee Metal Fest, the band signed with Metal Blade Records in 2003. The band released their second album, Miasma, on July 12, 2005, and it reached No. 118 on the Billboard 200. After touring for Miasma, drummer Zach Gibson and Pierre Langlois left the band. Gibson joined Abigail Williams, while Langlois left for a more secure lifestyle. The band found their replacement drummer, former All That Remains drummer Shannon Lucas. Their eighth album, Nightbringers, received critical and commercial success, charting at No. 35 on the Billboard 200.

On May 11, 2022, the band announced that Strnad had passed away. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number was provided in the statement. On September 14, 2022, The Black Dahlia Murder announced a tribute concert for Strnad on October 28 at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit, Michigan, supported by Darkest Hour and Plague Years. Eschbach will step down from guitar to become lead vocalist, as he stated in an interview with Decibel Magazine, “I know Trevor would keep this band going if I went down a deep, dark path and weren’t here.” Knight will return to the band as the rhythm guitarist in Brian’s place.

About Whitechapel

Whitechapel is an American deathcore band from Knoxville, Tennessee, formed in 2006. The band takes its name from the Whitechapel district of London, England, which was the location of the notorious Jack the Ripper murders. Whitechapel consists of Phil Bozeman (lead vocals), Zach Householder (lead guitar), Alex Wade (rhythm guitar), Gabe Crisp (bass), and Ben Harclerode (drums).

Since their formation, Whitechapel has released nine studio albums, with their latest, “The Valley,” coming out in March 2019. Additionally, a mix of death metal characterizes their music with metalcore, and deathcore influences. Moreover, fans love the band for their heavy, aggressive sound and intense live performances.

Whitechapel released their debut album, “The Somatic Defilement,” in 2007 and received positive reviews from fans and critics alike. In addition, the band’s follow-up album, “This Is Exile,” received even greater acclaim, with many praising the album’s more mature and sophisticated sound. Whitechapel has continued to evolve and experiment with their sound, incorporating elements of black metal, industrial metal, and groove metal into their music.

In addition to their music, Whitechapel is known for their dedication to their fans and their close relationship with their base. Whitechapel has toured extensively in the US and internationally, and they have played at some of the largest metal festivals in the world, including Summer Slaughter, Mayhem Festival, and Warped Tour.

Critics and fans praise Whitechapel’s music for its aggressive, intense sound and with helping to popularize the deathcore genre. Moreover, the band is one of the leading acts in the deathcore scene and have influenced numerous other bands in the genre.

Darkest Hour
Six Feet Under

About Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour is a heavy metal band from Washington, D.C. They formed in 1995 and have received critical acclaim for albums like “Undoing Ruin,” “Deliver Us,” and “The Eternal Return.” “Deliver Us” debuted at number 110 on the Billboard charts and “The Eternal Return” reached number 104. Additionally, the band’s ninth studio album, “Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora,” charted at 42 on the Billboard 200.

The band formed with vocalist John Henry, guitarist Mike Schleibaum, drummer Matt Maben, and bassist Raul Mayorga. They released their first EP, “The Misanthrope,” in 1996 and a single, “Paths of Despair.” In 2017, they released “Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora” with Southern Lord Records. On July 28, 2020, Mike “Lonestar” Carrigan left the band and Nico Santora joined as lead guitarist on September 21, 2021.

About Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under is an American death metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed in 1993. The band consists of vocalist Chris Barnes, guitarist Ray Suhy, bassist Jeff Hughell, and drummer Marco Pitruzzella. Six Feet Under is one of the pioneers of the death metal genre and has influenced many death metal and deathcore bands.

The band’s name is a reference to the idea that people bury the dead six feet underground, and much of their music deals with themes of death, gore, and horror. Throughout their career, Six Feet Under has released nineteen studio albums, one live album, and one compilation album. Additionally, the band released their debut album, Haunted, in 1995, and it received positive reviews from fans and critics alike.

Over the years, the band has undergone several lineup changes, with Barnes being the only constant member. Despite this, Six Feet Under has continued to be active, releasing albums and touring extensively around the world. The band recently released, Nightmares of the Decomposed, in October 2021.

Fleshgod Apocalypse

About Fleshgod Apocalypse

Fleshgod Apocalypse, an Italian symphonic death metal band, formed in 2007. The band incorporates elements of classical music into their death metal sound. Additionally, the band’s lineup consists of vocalist Tommaso Riccardi, guitarists Cristiano Trionfera and Paolo Rossi, bassist Francesco Paoli, and drummer David Folchitto. To date, they have released seven studio albums, with “Veleno” coming out in 2019.

Fleshgod Apocalypse’s aggressive death metal sound combined with elements of classical music characterizes their sound. The band often performs with an accompanying classical ensemble, adding to the epic nature of their music.

In addition to their musical prowess, Fleshgod Apocalypse’s music often features elements inspired by history, mythology, and science fiction. These element further elevate their work to a level of grandeur and artistic vision.

About Oceano

Oceano is an American deathcore band formed in 2006 in Cook County, Illinois. The band is known for its brutal and abrasive style, incorporating elements of death metal, grindcore, and hardcore punk. Oceano currently consists of lead vocalist Adam Warren, guitarist Andrew Mikhail, bassist Jason Jones, and drummer Mike Mikowski.

The band released its debut album, Depths, in 2009 through Earache Records, and it quickly gained a following among fans of deathcore and extreme metal. Moreover, fans praised Depths for its aggressive sound and technical proficiency, and the band quickly became one of the leading lights of the deathcore scene.

Since their debut, Oceano has released several more albums, including Contagion (2010), Incisions (2013), and Revelation (2017). Each album has built upon the band’s brutal sound and technical prowess, earning them a dedicated fanbase and critical acclaim.

In addition to their studio work, Oceano is known for their energetic and intense live performances, often incorporating elements of slam dancing and stage diving into their sets. In addition, the band has toured extensively, playing alongside other notable deathcore acts such as Whitechapel, Despised Icon, and Emmure. Moreover they performed multiple events such as the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and the Summer Slaughter Tour.


About Powerglove

Powerglove is an American heavy metal band formed in 2007. The band is known for their unique style of blending classic video game music with heavy metal. Powerglove consists of four members: guitarist Chris Marchiel, keyboardist/guitarist Tony Kakko, bassist Nick Lee, and drummer Matt Lepper. The band has released five studio albums, including their debut album “Total Pwnage” in 2008.

Powerglove is one of the pioneers in the metal/video game music genre and is known for their high-energy live performances. Moreover, the band toured extensively throughout the United States and has a large following.

Summer Slaughter 2011 poster flyer
Summer Slaughter 2011

About the Venue

Ace of Spades, a music venue located in the bustling R Street Corridor of downtown Sacramento, opened its doors in 2011. It has played a crucial role in the growth of R Street as an entertainment district, offering a wide range of concerts alongside a vibrant collection of bars, restaurants, shops, and lofts.


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