Album review: DEMON – Cemetery Junction

DEMON - Cemetery Junction

Spaced Out Music [Release date 28.10.16]

Since their last album, 2012′s ‘Unbroken’, Demon have had one line-up change with Karl Waye joining on keyboards replacing Paul Farrington. His is a significant one as this album harks back more the keyboard led songs on an album like ‘Spaced Out Monkey’, as opposed to the more straight ahead rock of ‘Unbroken’.

Also the band have tapped back into their love of the supernatural with the title track and the excellent ‘Out Of Control’, where Dave Hill shows he has lost none of his vocal menace and the guitars of David Cotterill and Paul Hume create a suitably evil backdrop.

What I always like about Demon is the variety of subjects they cover in their lyrics. ‘Miracle’ is an atmospheric song with keys and gentle guitars combing well with Dave Hill singing about a critically ill person coming back to life. ‘Turn On The Magic’ is a no frills rocker with a few synth stabs to give it an 80′s feel.

Plenty of album highlights and ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ is one, from the heavy riffs, sublime guitar solos and water tight rhythm section of Neil Ogden and Ray Walmsley, makes it one of their finest songs. It is like a mini-epic and the sort of thing this band excel at. ‘Life In Berlin’ is similar in that there is a keyboard solo, harmony vocals at the song’s fade out and layered guitars giving the song a big production feel.

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 do it again with another album of high quality songs and for me their best since ‘Spaced Out Monkey’.  ****1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

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