'Night of the Demon' was released originally back in the early 80's in the NWOBHM. After many years, it finally gets some attention by way of a great remaster through Record Heaven. The album also contains some bonus tracks including an original recording of 'Liar' and a remix of 'Night of the Demon'.
The early 80's is probably my favorite of all when it comes to the genre. Probably due to the fact that it really formed my taste and solidified my love for Metal music. 'Night of the Demon' is a very good representation of the sound of this early era. The music is crunchy and straight forward. You listen to it and there is no question what time era that it is. Not that it is totally dated either. This kind of music is timeless as is proven by the fans paying big bucks for many of the out of print titles. The music on this album is very consistent. Tracks like 'Night of the Demon, 'One helluva night', 'Liar', and 'Into the nightmare' will re-wet the appetite for the early sounds of the now famous NWOBHM. The bonus tracks are decent as well. The way I look at it.... the more there is, the better.
I'm really glad that Record Heaven took the time to give these early albums a little TLC and get them back to the fans. The band has been very consistent through the years and will probably stay that way for albums to come. Fans of the NWOBHM as well as most fans should really dig this one.
Cyril Achard's Morbid Feeling is one of Lion Music's progressive signings. These guys really have their chops down. It doesn't hurt to have the maestro himself involved... Tony MacAlpine. Yep, he is there for a few keyboard solos. The band approach the music with a sound all their own, but do draw on an influence here and there.
As already mentioned the music is progressive throughout the album although it starts kind of mainstream with 'Alone among my friends'. The song has the feel however due to it's progression and changes. 'Fallen from Grace' has a familiar Dream Theater feel, but still retains its uniqueness. 'Empty Vow' is one of my favorites. Has great finesse, yet boldness. 'Fields of graves' just has a great overall feel to it. 'Exile is over' is another favorite. 'The deep one's' is a very flashy instrumental track that really runs the gamut musically. 'Be my thing' and 'The lucky one' round the album out as consistently as it began. As a matter of fact, this albums best attribute is it's consistency. Music that is fun to listen to. A musical journey of sorts.
Progressive fans should pay attention to this album. There is a high amount of quality here without the showing off that ruins a lot of these types of albums. There seems to be a good sense of balance and it is all tasteful. As a matter of fact, many other fans may dig this one as well. It definitely comes recommended!