DEMON

Heavy Metal / Hard Rock / NWoBHM / Non-Metal • United Kingdom
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A British hard rock/heavy metal band associated with the nwobhm.

Formed during the first wave of NWOBHM by lyricist/vocalist Dave Hill and guitarist Mal Spooner, with Paul Riley on bass, Clive Cook on guitar and John Wright on drums, the Midlands, United Kingdom quintet hooked up with Clay Records supremo, Mike Stone, in 1980, to release their first single, 'Liar'. Issued on blood-red vinyl, in a limited edition run of just 5000 copies, Liar marked the beginning of an incredible story spanning two decades - and counting.

January 1981 saw the band venture into the studio to record their first album, 'Night of the Demon', whilst Clay Records struck a licensing deal with Carrere Records, to secure the album's release. Half tales of mystery and imagination, half straight-ahead rock, 'Night of the Demon' was both powerful and thoughtful - polished metal of the highest quality. Another single, 'Ride the
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DEMON Night of the Demon album cover 4.04 | 8 ratings
Night of the Demon
NWoBHM 1981
DEMON The Unexpected Guest album cover 4.73 | 7 ratings
The Unexpected Guest
NWoBHM 1982
DEMON The Plague album cover 4.42 | 6 ratings
The Plague
NWoBHM 1983
DEMON British Standard Approved album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
British Standard Approved
Non-Metal 1985
DEMON Heart of Our Time album cover 3.90 | 5 ratings
Heart of Our Time
Non-Metal 1985
DEMON Breakout album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Breakout
Hard Rock 1987
DEMON Taking the World by Storm album cover 4.50 | 3 ratings
Taking the World by Storm
Heavy Metal 1989
DEMON Hold On to the Dream album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Hold On to the Dream
Hard Rock 1991
DEMON Blow-Out album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Blow-Out
Heavy Metal 1992
DEMON Spaced Out Monkey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spaced Out Monkey
Hard Rock 2001
DEMON Better the Devil You Know album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Better the Devil You Know
Heavy Metal 2005
DEMON Unbroken album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Unbroken
Heavy Metal 2012
DEMON Cemetery Junction album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cemetery Junction
Heavy Metal 2016

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DEMON live albums

DEMON One Helluva Night album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Helluva Night
Hard Rock 1990

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DEMON Night of the Demon / The Unexpected Guest album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Night of the Demon / The Unexpected Guest
NWoBHM 1996
DEMON The Best of Demon Volume One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Demon Volume One
NWoBHM 1999

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DEMON The Unexpected Guest

Album · 1982 · NWoBHM
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"The Unexpected Guest" was the album that took Demon from one of the many bands of their time and transformed them to masters of their craft. This album is easily one of the best Heavy Metal albums that, to me, ranks among great masterpieces from heavyweights like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Saxon.

The album is a loose concept album about a seance that goes horribly wrong. "Don't Break the Circle" kicks things off on a fabulous note, featuring some of the best performances by both Dave Hill and Mal Spooner. Things continue on a strong note with "The Spell" and "Total Possession" both in terms of music and concept. "Sign of a Madman" is another great tune that has been a live favorite that the band features in their repertoire even to this day. It also has the first prominent underlying sounds of keyboards, which foreshadows the things to come for Demon.

"Victim of Fortune" and "Have We Been Here Before?" are the two more straightforward tracks that remind me more of the style from the band's debut album but with a lot more maturity, especially in the guitar work from Mal Spooner. The latter is easily the most commercial track off this album and it did made me cringe when I heard it for the first time. Many spins later and I actually enjoy it a whole lot more. The song does continue the story line but with a slightly cheerier sound.

"Strange Institution" returns the album to a serious note and sounds to me like an improved version of "Father of Time" from their debut album. "The Grand Illusion" and "Beyond the Gates" are two strong Heavy Metal compositions that would have easily been highlights on any other NWoBHM record of the time, but they kind of get lost among all the other gems here.

"Deliver Us From Evil" closes the album on another highlight and features a reprise of "Don't Break the Circle" theme. This is a perfect ending to the concept and thus completes the circle. I highly recommend "The Unexpected Guest" to all fans of Heavy Metal as this is as good as it will get. Note that this was just a beginning for Demon as the band went from one career highlight to the next.

***** star songs: Don't Break the Circle (4:43) The Spell (3:41) Sign of a Madman (4:31) Strange Institution (4:47) Deliver Us From Evil (4:41)

**** star songs: Total Possession (3:51) Victim of Fortune (4:41) Have We Been Here Before? (4:42) The Grand Illusion (3:44) Beyond the Gates (4:19)

*** star songs: Intro: An Observation (1:24) Outro (0:41)

DEMON Night of the Demon

Album · 1981 · NWoBHM
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RuneWalsh2112
I'm relatively new to Demon even though I've heard of them for a few years. I gave their third album, The Plague, a spin a few months ago and was completely blown away by the experience. Since then, I've gone through all of their 80's and 90's output and have to say that they are easily my favorite Heavy Metal band! I don't take these words lightly and it did take some to convince myself that it was time to dethrone Judas Priest.

So what is it about Demon that makes them stand out among so many other great Heavy Metal bands that came out of the NWoBHM movement? To me it's the great versatility that has made their career as engaging as it is. No two albums are the same but all feature a piece of the puzzle that is Demon.

Their 1981 debut record "Night of the Demon" is a pretty straightforward Heavy Metal record and the sound of the band is not completely developed. Luckily there is enough great material here to make it worth a while. Starting with their classic tune "Night of the Demon" and following it with my personal favorite "Into the Nightmare". After the strong intro, the album goes into artsy territory with "Father of Time" which starts with the lyric 'In the beginning he gave us the word'. That opening can sometimes make me chuckle as it sounds like something straight from the Spinal Tap movie. The rest of the track is actually a lot more enjoyable once you get into the whole concept.

The rest of the album is a bit too simplistic to my ears even though I do enjoy tracks like "Decisions", "Liar" and "Fool to Play the Hard Way". The closing number "One Helluva Night" isn't as impressive as the version that's featured on their 1990 live recording with the same name but it does give you the urge to give the record another spin as soon as it has ended.

The only weak track here is "Big Love" with it's very basic structure and bluesy sound. Just skip it and move straight to "Ride the Wind" for a track that could have easily come from one of the early Saxon releases.

As a whole, "Night of the Demon" is a competent debut album but it very rarely gives you the glimpses of the things to come for Demon. I'd say that it's not as strong as "The Unexpected Guest" or "Taking the World by Storm" in the songwriting but does offer enough great tracks to make it enjoyable to fans of Heavy Metal music.

***** star songs: Night of the Demon (3:17) Into the Nightmare (3:57)

**** star songs: Father of Time (4:20) Decisions (3:40) Liar (3:14) Ride the Wind (2:48) Fool to Play the Hard Way (4:01) One Helluva Night (4:00)

*** star songs: Full Moon (1:35) Big Love (4:15)

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