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Jonestown was formed in winter 2013 and quickly wrote and recorded their debut EP, "The Erebus and the Terror" which was self-released in 2014.
This gave them the confidence to enter the studio with Daniel Kerr at Avenue Studios to record their debut album "Aokigahara", named after a forest at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan; a place believed to be haunted by ancient spirits and a notorious site for suicides. This album being included in Metal Hammer's top 50 albums of the year 2016, along with being three of their editors' debut album of the year.
Despite the self-awareness of the daunting task ahead of them, Jonestown found themselves drawn to continue the songwriting process for the follow-up to Aokigahara in early 2017, entering the studio in the winter of the same year. When writing Dyatlov, Jonestown wrote 30 demo tracks and meticulously worked through a process of elimination until they felt they had a perfectly distilled collection of songs which told a cohesive story. They found that when writing the album they naturally covered many different styles and sub-genres, both within and outside metal, taking influences from obvious contemporaries such as Gojira, Lamb of God, Slipknot, Strapping Young Lad and Meshuggah whilst also taking inspiration from external sources such as film scores and progressive rock. Dyatlov is lyrically about the internal and external war and the individual's inability to win yet still continue regardless.


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