In August of this year, from the Main Stage at Bloodstock Festival, UK melodic extreme metallers Bloodshot Dawn announced mid set that their new album was to be entitled ‘Demons’ and would be released on 26th October. The band then went on to debut a brand new song called ‘Smoke and Mirrors’. Today that very song is being unleashed to all as it features in the brand new Bloodshot Dawn music video.
The video was directed by Lewis Carter & Phil Berridge (Vision Video) and was in an old photo studio in Peterborough.
Watch ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ Here
Frontman Josh McMorran comments on the video: ‘It’s a play through using natural visual effects to give an arty and moody vibe. We used colours of the new album artwork. This is the opening song of the album and encompasses all that is Bloodshot Dawn into one song! It’s also kind of catchy…”
The artwork, 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.
Track Listing For ‘Demons’
1) Smoke and Mirrors
2) Consequence Complex
5) Black Hole Infinity
6) Human Void
7) The Image Faded
‘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.
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).
Catch Bloodshot Dawn Live
26th October – Limerick, Ireland – Dolan’s Warehouse
27th October – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Voodoo
28th October – Glasgow, Scotland – Audio
29th October – Manchester, England – Sound Control
30th October – Bristol, England – The Exchange
31st October – Brighton, England – Green Door Store
01st November – London, England – Unicorn
02nd November – Cardiff, Wales – Full Moon
06th November – Osaka, Japan – Namba Rockets w/ Gorguts & Krisiun
07th November – Nagoya, Japan – Imaike 4 Star w/ Gorguts & Krisiun
08th November – Tokyo, Japan – Cyclone w/ Gorguts & Krisiun
09th November – Tokyo, Japan – Cyclone w/ Gorguts & Krisiun
31st January 2015 – Dublin, Ireland – The Academy w/ At The Gates