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Demon: Invincible
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Demon: Invincible

Melodic Metal Rock (NWoBHM)
4.5/5.0

Now in their fifth decade in the UK metal underground, NWoBHM legends Demon return, after a seven year absence, with their fourteenth studio album. Over these many years, the band is still anchored by founder and vocalist Dave Hill. More recently, Demon has released a remastered version of their second album The Unexpected Guest. Additionally, former keyboard player Paul "Fasker" Johnson has been brought back to fill the bass position. For live performances, former Magnum musician Rick Benton adds keyboards.

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Musically, Demon has been something of a musical chameleon. Beginning as an occult inspired NWoBHM band to hard rock to dabble in progressive rock. As some insightful writer once observed, Demon's material and musical style can vary from album to album. And that's not a bad thing because it demonstrates both versatility and creativity.


How to describe Invincible then? My best assessment is a smack dab in the middle of a mash up traditional New Wave of British Heavy Metal, melodic hard rock, and a dose of AOR accessibility. The underpinnings of arrangements are undeniable: twin guitar riffs, rhythm, and leads powered by hard rock groove and metal edge, then wrapped sensible song melody and harmony.

One one hand you might call some songs melodic metal Face The Master, the speedy Beyond The Darkside, the charging Invincible, Ghost From The Past, or Breaking The Silence. Alternatively, songs Hole In The Sky and Cradle To Grave have heavy, steady, even bit brooding nature akin doom Metal, especially the former. Forever Seventeen has a grinding pace and brooding emotion. Then, to these ears, In My Blood and Rise Up punch the more hard rock AOR-ish ticket. One thing can be said: there's definitely a consistency to the album's musical flow.

All things considered, Invincible finds British NWoBHM legends Demon in fine musical form, both reviving and offering fans consistent and creative classic melodic metal rock for the 21st century and a new generation. Easily recommended.


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All things considered, Invincible finds British NWoBHM legends Demon in fine musical form, both reviving and offering fans consistent and creative classic melodic metal rock for the 21st century and a new generation. Easily recommended.

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