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Worship Metal Album Of The Week – Bloodshot Dawn – Reanimation

Reanimated. Reinvigorated.

From the sounds of it, Bloodshot Dawn’s third album may as well be considered a full reboot as following their last effort, Demons, founder member Josh McMorran promptly found himself standing centre-stage, all alone in an almost Jeff Water’s stylee – admittedly with less ridiculous lyrics! Which brings us neatly onto the main thrust of the subject matter found on Reanimation; it’s sci-fi Jim, but not as we know it.

From their future-dystopian cover art to song names like “Graviton Nightmare” and “Battle for the Omniverse”, everything about this product screams ‘futuristic’. When the opening strains of “Seared Earth” kick in, that feeling is only shored up. The production (if you like it dry, scooped and of crystalline transparence) is utterly astounding. Not kidding. It’s so crisp, punchy and epic that for all Bloodshot Dawn’s extreme metal underpinnings they sound more like epic mood-music than a heavy metal band.

Overall, Reanimation is a classy mix of technical death and prog metal. Sure there are blasts, frantic tremolo picking and growls aplenty but for just as much of the run time it’s all about Vai-esque lydian melodies (“Survival Evolved”), keyboard backed atmospheric sweeps (“Seared Earth”, “Shackled”) and outrageous bursts of guitar geekery (the truly world-class legato playing on “DNA Reacquisition”). Don’t let these words delude you into thinking it’s not heavy though – it is – as you’ll discover on more traditionally melodic death metal cuts such as “Controlled Conscious”.

You might expect an album where hyper-tricky guitar playing is so much to the fore to not give a flying damn about vocals, but that ain’t the case. They don’t feel like an afterthought in the slightest and the disciplined mix of growl and shriek (surely now a must-have in progressive death?) are deployed in catchy fashion. What’s more, you can make out the lyrics on much of it. Bonus!

The songwriting craft on Reanimation is hearteningly strong and this is already in the running for one of our top 10 death metal albums of 2018 (Reanimation is due out on 12/01/2018). Sure, we could do with a few less sweep-picking flip-outs – we’ve all got a cock, lads, some of us just choose to limit how much we wave it about – but the technicality, the style and the ability to write quality songs using the best ingredients in the death metal store cupboard make Reanimation a joy to behold! 8/10

Reanimation UK/Ireland Live Dates:

17/01/18 – Black Heart, London
18/01/18 – Green Door Store, Brighton
19/01/18 – Boiler Room, Guildford
20/01/18 – The Underground, Plymouth
21/01/18 – Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
22/01/18 – The Flapper, Birmingham
23/01/18 – Audio, Glasgow
24/01/18 – The Fulford Arms, York
25/01/18 – The Peer Hat, Manchester
26/01/18 – An Spailpin Fanach, Cork
27/01/18 – Limelight, Belfast
28/01/18 – On The Rox, Dublin

 

About Stuart Bell (48 Articles)
I was born in 1975 with a pile of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple vinyl next to my cot. I ate off a sheet of ply-board propped up between two Marshall cabs and shortly after I learned to read and write I learned the E minor chord and the pentatonic scale. One day my Dad bought me Iron Maiden's first album. Metallica's Ride the Lightning followed. Then, things got serious. I have held almost every rank in the Army of Heavy Metal: Fan, drunk fan, roadie, guitarist, producer and label scout. My Wife knows what Mastodon's Crack The Skye is about and my child can play Breaking the Law on piano. Go figure.

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