Before closing their main stage show at Bloodstock Festival last weekend, unsigned UK melodic extreme metallers Bloodshot Dawn made a very special announcement. Frontman Josh McMorran told an excited crowd that their new album, entitled Demons would be released in the UK on 26th October (Rest of World TBA).
Demons is the second Bloodshot Dawn album and was funded by fans in a Kickstarter campaign which was achieved in just 4 days, testament to the band’s loyal following.
Demons is also the first recording with their new drummer Janne Jaloma (also of Gothenburg death metal outfit Deals Death). The album features 8 tracks of awe inspiring melodic extreme metal spanning 43 minutes and includes guest musicians such as Sven De Caluwé (Aborted, System Divide), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun), Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother Tongue) and Chris Amott (Armageddon, ex-Arch Enemy).
Speaking of Demons in relation to their self-titled debut, which was released in 2012, Josh comments:
“From a musical perspective it has been a completely natural progression. We have not become more melodic or more brutal but rather we’ve enhanced all aspects of the sound we had built up on the first album! This album is a huge step up in technical ability and song writing prowess without changing the music enough to alienate our current fans!
“The title Demons, which is also the name of one of the tracks, perfectly represents the lyrical content within the album. It also ties in with the amazing new artwork. The song’s lyrical content is about demons on both a personal and a wider social scale, explaining our views on modern society and the struggles within the mind. The album is all about beating your demons and making something of the time you have on the earth whilst battling the ever lasting struggles and trials that come with being human.”
The artwork, which can be seen above, was masterminded by Swedish artist Par Olofoson who is famed for his work with bands such as Immolation, Onslaught, Exodus, Pathology, The Faceless and more as well as also having also worked on the Bloodshot Dawn self-titled debut album.
- Smoke and Mirrors
- Consequence Complex
- Black Hole Infinity
- Human Void
- The Image Faded
Drums were recorded in Studio Disaster, Sweden by the band themselves; guitars and bass were recorded in Darkside Studio, England by guitarist Benjamin Ellis; vocals were recorded at Envy Studio, England by Richard Worrall and Jack Stephens. The album was mixed and mastered by Danish sound wizard Jacob Hansen (Aborted, Amaranthe, Volbeat, Destruction, Epica, Pestilence).
Also – want some videos of them from Bloodstock? Here’s a few…