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. Within their first two years Jonestown performed at a variety of well known UK festivals and supported various established metal bands from around the world.
This gave them the confidence to enter the studio with Daniel Kerr at Avenue Studios to record their debut album Aokigahara. At the time of recording they thought they merely had a collection of songs rather than a cohesive album, however it’s release resulted in a swathe of media attention from some of the biggest metal publications. Notably 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.
The release and resulting accolades caught the attention of newly established record label Siege Music and an offer of a worldwide album release. This, in turn, caught the eye of promoters and festivals around the UK resulting in a busy and varied show/tour schedule to promote ‘Aokigahara’.
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.