Meridian Dawn is a new melodic death metal band that features an assorted line up of well-known musicians, but please do not confuse them with one of the many “super-groups” out there. The band is composed by: guitarist Brandon Johnson, vocalist Antony Hämäläinen (Nervosia, ex-Nightrage), drummer Johan Nunez (Firewind, ex-Nightrage, Suicide Of Demons), bassist Nick Ziros (Into The Moat, Remembering Never), and guitarist Christopher Jon (ex-White Wizzard, Remembering Never).
After listening to their first song ‘Dressed in Ice‘ which features Jake E of Amaranthe we got curious to know what this band is all about. So after they released the lyric video for the song ‘Iconic‘ which was created by Daniel Antonsson (Dark Tranquility, Dimension Zero, Soilwork) who also is producing their album. We had came to the conclusion that this band sounds like a baby between Dark Tranquility, and old In Flames, but raised and nursed by At The Gates. Indeed this band has all the ingredients from something out the 90’s Gothenburg wave, but their approach is more contemporary as you can listen to elements of modern and progressive metal.
The band at the moment is working on finishing their debut album, and on getting themselves a record deal. Last Monday we had the pleasure to catch up with Brandon Johnson and Antony Hämäläinen at the Amaranthe‘s show here in Scottsdale, AZ. We talked about the band’s foundation, their songs, their plans, and much more