After debuting the track at Bloodstock earlier this summer, Bloodshot Dawn have now released ‘Smoke And Mirrors’, the first track to be taken from their forthcoming second album, ‘Demons’, which itself is due for release on October 26.
Frontman Josh McMorran said of 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…”
‘Demons’ is the second Bloodshot Dawn album and was funded by fans in a Kickstarter campaign, which was achieved in just four days. It is also the first recording with their new drummer Janne Jaloma (also of Gothenburg death metal outfit Deals Death – and who also made his debut at Bloodstock). The album features guest appearances from 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).
“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 (pictured above right), is by Swedish artist Par Olofoson, who worked on Bloodshot Dawn’s self-titled debut album and is also famed for his work with bands such as Immolation, Onslaught, Exodus, Pathology, The Faceless and more.
Bloodshot Dawn play the following dates in support of the album release:
Sunday October 26 – Limerick, Dolan’s Warehouse
Monday October 27 – Belfast, Voodoo
Tuesday October 28 – Glasgow, Audio
Wednesday October 29 – Manchester, Sound Control
Thursday October 30 – Bristol, The Exchange
Friday October 31 – Brighton, Green Door Store
Saturday November 1 – London, Unicorn
Sunday November2 – Cardiff, Full Moon
Support on all dates comes from Seprevation.
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