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Demon Drive - 2001 Rock n Roll Star

Michael Voss - vocals, guitars
Jochen Mayer - bass, vocals
Frank Kraus - drums, percussion
Thorsten Koehne - guitars

For anyone familiar with either German or European melodic rock, the name Michael Voss and Demon Drive will be recognisable. Michael has been around for a while, carving out a successful career with Mad Max, Casanova and now Demon Drive. However, familiarity with Michael's previous work probably won't prepare someone for the change in musical direction on 'Rock and Roll Star'. Now, I'm sure that in itself will immediately be worrying to the die-hard Michael Voss fan. The trademark voice is still a major part of Demon Drive, although it now fronts a less flamboyant, maturer outfit. What does that mean for the music produced? The package is an interesting modern rock/classic rock combo as opposed to the pulsating hard rock of previous releases.

The Songs
Thankfully it's still melodic and there are a number of good tracks spread throughout to enjoy. 'Do Ya' has a catchy Marvelous 3 feel to it. 'Testify' could have been off Skin's debut. Soulful and infectious. 'You're My Home' has a very cool bridge and sing-along chorus. The boys also dabble in a couple of cover versions. The Kiss classic 'Sure Know Something' (Jochen on vocals), and a duet between Michael and Lee Aaron on Suzi Quatro's 'She's In Love With You'. Both are fine renditions. One glitch in precedings happens on the last track. 'Hair Parade' is a tribute to the old days and though the track does start out well in a more familiar hard rock vein, it declines in quality after that.

In Summary
Because I wasn't a big fan already, I didn't expect too much from 'Rock and Roll Star' to be honest, but ended up with a positive reaction. How this album will be received by Demon Drive's older fans will depend on how open minded people are prepared to be. While it is a change in direction, it's nowhere near as drastic as that taken by, say, Harem Scarem/Rubber. There are still the melodies and punchy choruses that fans have become accustomed to from Michael and Demon Drive, and 'Rock and Roll Star' is an enjoyable and creative album which deserves to be given a fair hearing.

Track Listing:
01 The Other Side
02 Sure Know Something
03 Do Ya?
04 Testify
05 In My Room
06 Rock And Roll Star
07 You're My Home
08 Renegade
09 She's In Love With You
10 August Nights
11 Hair Parade

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