Review by Adam M on November 29, 2014.
The new Bloodshot Dawn, Demons, is a shot in the arm for the melodic death metal genre this year. Had it not been for a new comeback album from At the Gates, this album would have taken the honour for melodic death metal album of the year. The element that this particular work does well is primarily the guitar work, which is absolutely versatile and stellar throughout. The riff patterns make for some of the most exciting this sub-genre has seen in some time.
The speed of the album is at a high pitch and bolstered by this excellent guitar work. On the downside, the vocals on the album are not up to the standard of the musicianship, but only act as a placeholder for the remainder of the material. Thankfully, the instrumental portions of the album are driven towards focused song-writing rather than over-indulgence. Rather, a large amount of focus is put on creating memorable songs and this helps the large majority of the disc. Tracks such as "The Image Faded" are pure melodic bliss that will remain in the listener’s head for a long time after hearing it. There is very little to improve upon for the next album with Bloodshot Dawn, other than narrowing down their style into more of a niche.
There’s still a great deal to appreciate with this album and it fills in the void of melodic death metal in recent times. It’s a professionally written and performed album that excites with both the technicality and harmoniousness present in the music. With the template set, there is almost nothing but positives for this band in the times to come. Bloodshot Dawn is a band to watch out for in the future, for sure.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10