DEMON – Cemetery Junction (2016)
DEMON, a true British legend and possibly the most underrated metal band of all time, have burst out of the studio with yet another essential album for any fans of classic hard rock / traditional melodic metal titled “Cemetery Junction“.
Never ones to repeat themselves, DEMON have proved time and time again that they are as good as – if not better – than their peers, even if they aren’t a household name.
“Cemetery Junction” may just change this lack of notoriety though, carefully crafted, this 11 track rocking CD is something the band are immensely proud of, and rightfully so, whilst the phrase ‘All Killer-No Filler’ is thrown around a lot, never has it been more true than in this instance.
From the opening track ‘Are You Just Like Me’, it’s clear that the band are firing on all cylinders, and demand your full and undivided attention.
Before go on read this; Demon 2016 and “Cemetery Junction” is not ‘heavy metal’, this is classic hard rock with a lot of groove & catchiness, of course with a pinch of Demon’s traditional melodic metal sound.
Vocalist Dave Hill may be the only constant since the bands inception, but that doesn’t mean the band have lost any of their sound, in fact, they are possibly one of the few bands who have managed to maintain their signature sound but as well as adapting it according to times and keeping the identity of each member intact.
Neil Ogden and Ray Walmsley who provide the rhythm section are clearly identifiable, Paul Hume / David Cotterill both have unique playing styles when it comes to the twin guitar work, Karl Waye has an individual sound on the keyboard that is different to his predecessors, and time itself has been kind to Hill, his voice is as strong as it was in the ’80s now with more melodic arrangements.
Closing the CD is ‘Some’s Watching You’, almost a reprise to the supernatural themes that Demon were known for in their early years, a haunting almost nursery rhyme-esque track that sends shivers down your spine.
This throwback shows that at heart, this is still the band that emerged in the ’80s, but now in 2016, they have come a long way, but they’ve still got a long way to go.
In their last release Unbroken, Demon’s the message was clear; the band are unbroken, they are still standing despite the trials and tribulations.
With “Cemetery Junction”, the band have stated themselves that ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’, these aren’t empty words either, the band have stuck to their guns through thick and thin and only they know what’s around the corner.
But for now, we can enjoy “Cemetery Junction” for all it is, a great rocking album that hopefully solidifies this band in the annals of Rock music history.
Speaking of production the sound is spot on and there is lots of effects and little musical nuances going on in the background of most songs that reveal themselves after repeated plays.
Demon did it again, with another album of high quality songs and for me their one of the best of their career.
01 – Are You Just Like Me (Spirit of Man)
02 – Life in Berlin
03 – Turn on the Magic
04 – The Best Is Yet to Come
05 – Queen of Hollywood
06 – Thin Disguise
07 – Cemetery Junction
08 – Drive
09 – Miracle
10 – Out of Control
11 – Someone’s Watching You
Dave Hill (Vocals)
Ray Walmsley (Bass)
David Cotterill (Guitars)
Paul Hume (Guitars)
Paul ‘Fazza’ Farrington (Keyboards)
Neil Ogden (Drums)
BUY IT !