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Demon

New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Demon were known for their shocking and elaborate performances (quite unique,considering the no-fuss, stripped-down philosophy characteristic of the movement), but never sounded as extreme as theirname might suggest. Instead, they forged a mainstream hard rock/metal style, which, though it didn't stand out from thepack, has managed to keep them in business for several decades.

Singer Dave Hill and guitarist Mal Spooner had already cut their teeth with various amateur acts in their native Staffordshire,England, by the time they decided to j ...read more

New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Demon were known for their shocking and elaborate performances (quite unique,considering the no-fuss, stripped-down philosophy characteristic of the movement), but never sounded as extreme as theirname might suggest. Instead, they forged a mainstream hard rock/metal style, which, though it didn't stand out from thepack, has managed to keep them in business for several decades.

Singer Dave Hill and guitarist Mal Spooner had already cut their teeth with various amateur acts in their native Staffordshire,England, by the time they decided to join forces and found Demon midway through 1980. With the assistance of guitaristClive Cook, bassist Paul Riley, and drummer John Wright, they quickly secured a one-off single deal with independent ClayRecords, resulting in the "Liar" 7" later that year. The disc sold surprisingly well and Demon were presently snapped up byFrench label Carrere (then also the home of NWOBHM stars Saxon) and shipped right back into the studio to record a fullalbum, Cook and Riley making way for new lead guitarist Les Hunt and bassist Chris Ellis at this time. Released in July 1981,their debut, Night of the Demon, was loaded with darkly gothic heavy metal on the one hand (side A) and melodic hard rockon the other (side B), drawing positive comparisons to Judas Priest and latter-day Rainbow. A noteworthy stylistic balancingact, the semi. conceptual LP shifted quite a few units, as did its very solid 1982 follow-up, The Unexpected Guest, whichcarried on in similar fashion while adding keyboard player Andy Wright to the mix.

But with each passing album and tour, Demon seemed to place less emphasis on writing quality music than they did on fillingtheir performances with outrageous theatrics and special effects, with Hill in particular preoccupying himself with adopting asinister alter ego and taking to jumping out of a coffin on-stage. Perhaps realizing that the group was losing its way, Carreredecided to cash in their chips before the arrival of 1983's terribly overwrought The Plague, which found Demon exploringambitious progressive rock territory and signaled the start of their decline. New members John Waterhouse (guitar), GavinSutherland (bass), and Steven Watts (keyboards) took part in the sessions for fourth album British Standard Approved, buteven before its release, the group suffered a major setback when founding member Mal Spooner -- long suffering fromnumerous health problems -- succumbed to pneumonia and passed away in December 1984.

Singer Dave Hill vowed to carry on in his honor, but most fans agree that things have never been quite same withoutSpooner. Released in 1985, Heart of Our Time seemed to confirm this and was but the first in a string of increasinglyoverlooked LPs to emerge over the next decade. Guitarist Steve Brookes and bassist Nick Bushell (both of them formermembers of punk heroes Discharge, oddly enough) came aboard before 1989's Taking the World by Storm, which was in turnfollowed by 1990's live One Helluva Night and 1991's Anthology. Hill finally put the band on ice during the ‘90s and evenreleased a solo album in 1994. But after compiling another best-of set in 1999, he decided to hire a new group of backupmusicians and a revamped Demon inaugurated the new millennium with their tenth studio album, 2001's Spaced Out Monkey.Hill and his cohorts -- guitarists Ray Walmsley and Karl Finney, keyboardist Paul "Fazza" Farrington, bassist Andy Dale, anddrummer Neil Ogden -- issued Better the Devil You Know! in 2005. « hide

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LPs
Cemetery Junction
2016

Unbroken
09/13/2012

1.4
4 Votes
Better the Devil You Know
2005

2.8
4 Votes
Spaced Out Monkey
2001

2
3 Votes
Blowout
1992

1.9
4 Votes
Hold on to the Dream
1991

2.9
5 Votes
Taking the World by Storm
1989

3.1
8 Votes
Breakout
1987

2.5
7 Votes
Heart of Our Time
1985

2.8
6 Votes
British Standard Approved
1985

3.9
12 Votes
The Plague
1983

3.7
16 Votes
The Unexpected Guest
1982

4.1
20 Votes
Night of the Demon
1981

4.3
26 Votes
EPs
Geth/Intern
02/18/2013

3
1 Votes
Demon
1986

Live Albums
One Helluva Night
1990

Compilations
Time Has Come-The Best of Demon
2006

The Best of Demon Volume One
1999

4.5
1 Votes
Anthology
1991

3.5
1 Votes

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