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Demon - 1987 Breakout

ALBUM: Breakout
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 1990, Sonic, SONIC CD 6 * 2002, Spaced Out Music, SPMCD007


LINEUP: Dave Hill - vocals * John Waterhouse - guitars *Steve Watts - keyboards * Andy Dale - bass * Richard Wright - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Life On The Wire * 02 Hurricane * 03 Breakout * 04 Living In The Shadow * 05 England's Glory * 06 Standing In The Shadow * 07 Hollywood * 08 Big Chance * 09 Through These Eyes * 10 Finale


Continuing on with the discographic hsitory of British band Demon. We now head into 1987 and their 'Breakout' album. Keeping pace with the late 80's era, Demon's sound had become a bit more sophisticated over the years. It was melodic rock with a harder edge, with keyboardist Steve Watts smoothing off the rough edges. Their prior album 'Heart Of Our Time' was a logical reference marker in terms of the material found here. Long gone were the NWOBHM and progressive rock styles found on earlier LP's, Demon having found a cosy little pub cubicle where few bands were to be found; probably with the exception of Saracen and early Magnum. This is very likeable melodic rock with the occasional synth parp to remind us what territory these boys are operating in, though the drum work is very tiresome.

The Songs
There's a hint of hazy Pink Floyd leading us into 'Life On The Wire', but it doesn't last long as Watt's keyboard work (among other things) shifts us into Magnum mode. You'll be reaching for your 'On A Storytellers Night' CD in next to no time! 'Hurricane' is just wondrous stuff. Big and full, and ready to huff and puff and blow your house down, as hurricanes are loathe to do! 'Breakout' is a simpler song, the structure won't confuse the hell out of you, while Watt's synth parps remind you what kind of album this truly is. The drum work continues to pound away on 'Living In The Shadow', setting a steady backbone throughout. It was a bit jarring, never mind.. The childrens choir intro to 'England's Glory' was a nice scene-setter, but it was all too brief as Demon's rhythm section kicked in big time with pounding drums. The nautical lyrics and 4/4 beat wasn't a great combo to be honest. Again, the drum work continues to pound away merrily on 'Standing In The Shadow', by now, I'm wondering if a drum machine was being used. Very repetitive. Relief at last on the slow beat rocker 'Hollywood', but not for long as the snare drum resumes full duty on 'Big Chance', and by now I'm ready to throw something at drummer Richard Wright. Secondary relief arrives with the second ballad 'Through These Eyes'. A sweeping epic of Magnum and Pink Floyd proportions, and finally Richard Wright throws away the metronome to give the listeners a bit of aural reprieve. The finale is in fact called 'Finale', an instrumental, but at this point I'm ready to shoot the drummer with that insistent snare hammering away relentlessly. It's the end of the album. Yay!

In Summary
Some good references to GDM faves Magnum mostly, Dave Hill was in the zone vocally for the album, but that insistent and soul destroying snare drum killed this album for me big time. What a shame.

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