Michigan's unstoppable sons of molten melodic death metal THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER have officially announced the addition of bassist Max Lavelle (BURN IN SILENCE, GORATORY, DESPISED ICON) to the group's ranks.Commented singer Trevor Strnad: "Well, kids, enough with all the secrets… it's about time we in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER clue you fans in and tell all about our recent hush-hush bassist situation… "I'm sure some of you who have seen us on tour in the last months have grown curious as to who this mystery man bass extraordinaire could be and have wondered what longtime bassist Ryan 'Bart' Williams could be up to. "After months of tip-toeing around it, we've decided to break the silence and let you guys know the truth. "After six long, grueling years of relentless back-to-back touring, Ryan Williams has decided to step down from his full-time position in THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER to pursue a career in recording. Although the remaining members are indeed saddened by his decision, 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', amongst several others, mind you) to overseeing and co-producing future THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER recordings. "As you will clearly see by the statements of all parties involved, the change is completely amicable, and the love and brotherhood we've shared with Ryan over the years remains untarnished. We wish him the absolute best of luck with Augmented Audio and all of his future endeavors. "Max Lavelle was literally the first idea of a replacement for Ryan. We had toured alongside him when he was playing with DESPISED ICON a few different times and had the chance to become pretty good friends with the guy as well as be allowed the chance to see him perform live many times. Max is a diehard metal head, a great bassist, a monstrous live presence and a welcome shot of energy into the bloodstream of this band. His enthusiasm for forwarding the whole is inspiring and exactly what we need at this point in time." THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER's latest album, "Ritual", sold 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 31 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, "Deflorate", opened with around 12,000 units to enter the chart at No. 43.