Night Demon - Darkness Remains album review

New Wave Of The Old Wave Of The New Wave…

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The concept of ‘traditional’ metal can be a tough one to wrap your head around. Californian axe-wielders Night Demon are young dudes dedicated bone-deep to the galloping bass and soaring harmonies of the long lost New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.

Why sound like 1979 if you don’t have to? Because 1979 was pretty goddamn magnificent when it came to all the things hard and heavy, as evidenced by the Maiden-esque chug of Hallowed Ground, the Motörhead-y thrash of Maiden Hell or the Sabbath-soaked neo-doom of Stranger In The Room. And honestly, how many people even heard Angel Witch the first time around anyway?

For most, Night Demon will sound new and vital, and they ought to. Pure headbanging bliss.

Came from the sky like a 747. Classic Rock’s least-reputable byline-grabber since 2003. Several decades deep into the music industry. Got fired from an early incarnation of Anal C**t after one show. 30 years later, got fired from the New York Times after one week. Likes rock and hates everything else. Still believes in Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction, against all better judgment.