GOD’S ARMY – Demoncracy (2018)
German rockers GOD’S ARMY (not religious oriented) featuring current and former members of Helloween, Scanner, Firewind, Outloud, Vivaldi Metal Project, Joe Stump’s Tower Of Babel are presenting their new album “Demoncracy”, to be released on October 12th, 2018 via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records.
This is God’s Army second effort, and while musically not much has changed from their previous album, this new one is more catchy, less dark, and overall much better composed.
The band still delivers melodic hard n’ heavy / hard rock, large on riffs, rock beat and groove, catchy refrains, and killer guitar solos. Actually, in terms of the music and songwriting, “Demoncracy” is a really solid album thanks to the stupendous guitar work.
You can hear the experience of Mark Cross (former Helloween), John Smith (former Scanner) and their sidekicks in every song. Catchy melodies, choruses, dynamics and variation. Songs like ‘Free Your Mind’ (akin Judas Priest glorious ’80s), ‘Games Without Frontiers’ (excellent multi-part chorus), and the Saxon meets Queensryche ‘Before The Fall’ are great in every second.
There’s a 13 minute monster, ‘The Replicant’, with various parts, all interesting, ranging from melodic metal ala Accept to captivating acoustic passages with atmosphere.
Additionally, the closing song must be mentioned. It’s a cover of the Paul Anka written song ‘My Way’, sung most famously by Frank Sinatra. God’s Army merely does a revved up, yet rockin’ version, and works pretty well.
A very well composed, recorded and produced record of timeless hard ‘n heavy / hard rock / melodic metal.
01. You Are You
02. Free Your Mind
03. Enemy Maker
04. Final Destination
05. Games Without Frontiers
06. The All Seeing Eye
07. Before The Fall
08. The Replicant
09. Heroes & Demons
10. My Way
John ABC Smith – Vocals, Bass (ex-At Vance, Scanner)
Mark Cross – Drums, Backing vocals (ex-Helloween, Outloud)
Ian O´Sullivan – Guitar, Backing vocals
Eddie van Dahl – Guitar