Patrick : How on earth is this possible? The debut album of the English Bloodshot Dawn was immensely good and a recording contract seemed, based purely on the quality of ‘Bloodshot Dawn’, merely a matter of time. A misjudgement? Is there no interest? Have record companies run out of money? Whatever it is, to be able to release a new album the band had needed a Kickstarter project to collect the necessary five thousand British Pounds. The project had eluded me, but fortunately not to many others. The money was quickly collected ... and luckily, because 'Demons' is a great album
Just as on their debut, the band plays a mix of melodic death, with here and there a touch of modern thrash and death metal on ‘Demons’. The absolute main part on ‘Demons’ is for the virtuoso, melodic guitar riffs and solos of Benjamin Ellis and Josh McMorran: razor sharp, refined and full of variety these guys can easily match the level of the big ones within the melodic death scene. Add to it the ever-aggressive approach to the vocals by McMorran, who gives the tracks much virulence and emotion. The rhythm and tempo changes sometimes fly in all directions and really know to surprise here and there. In itself, all well and good, but if that is not translated into interesting tracks, not much will linger. Let's just say the album is packed with one after another fascinating composition. Sven de Caluwé (Aborted) dropped by to sing on a song (‘Human Void’) and none other than Chris Amott (Armageddon, ex-Arch Enemy), Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry, The Absence), Andy James (former Sacred Mother Tongue) and Teemu Mäntysaari (Wintersun) add to the album with a solo in 'The Faded Image’. Jacob Hansen, who also took care 0f the recent albums by Aborted, Volbeat and Destruction, produced the album. A powerful, clear sound is the result.
To me 'Demons' is easily one of the best melodic death metal albums of 2014. For less than six and a half Euros you can buy the album in digital form via Bandcamp. And for a physical copy, you go to the shop of the band. Well, what are you waiting for? Wasn’t I clear enough? Wasn't it clear by now that this album is a must-have?