"Demon" greatly expands the boundaries of Gazpacho's music and contains the band's finest moments to date. The 18-minute epic "Death Room" definitely sees Gazpacho at its best and just as the shorter "The Wizard of Altai Mountain" is one of their most original songs. With this briliant release, Gazpacho prove themselves as the legitimate successors of Porcupine Tree on the throne of contemporary progressive rock (along with Steven Wilson, of course.)
While the music and lyrics are very strong, the album suffers from a huge issue of homogenization. Every single song blends right into the other without anything that distinguishes them from one another. I understand that most of the tracks are parts of greater songs, but those parts are arbitrary, only distinguished by lyrical content, which is not enough to sustain the album on its own. The only major difference between tracks was Death Room (Part 3) to the previous two tracks. While the parts on their own are good, they do not come together very well.
Demon is unlike any other progressive rock album to be released in recent memory. The instrumentation and songwriting here exhibits a hypnotic and somber tone that is kept for almost the entirety of this modern masterpiece's 50 minute run time. While it does have a few moments where the tone seems to sound more positive like the second half of "The Wizard of Altai Mountains", Demon is a constantly beautiful and haunting descent down a seemingly endless pit of darkness. However, the deeper you descend, the more invested and immersed you will be in this expertly crafted soundscape.