NIGHT DEMON – Darkness Remains

NIGHT DEMON - Darkness Remains
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    NIGHT DEMON - Darkness Remains - 9/10


Release date: April 21, 2017

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Night Demon so successfully replicates the galloping NWOBHM sound on Darkness Remains that it is hard to believe the trio hails from Ventura, California. Listeners hunting for the newest sounds in Metal might be disappointed with the familiarity of the material on Darkness Remains, although the music and tone of the album is so authentically retro that it sounds fresh and different. Or, maybe it is because each individual song, from opening single “Welcome To The Night” to the spooky closing title track is a stand-alone gem that would sit comfortably on any NWOBHM “best of” playlist. Either way, fans of the good old stuff will find a lot to love about Darkness Remains. Each of the members demonstrates an ability to take center stage in driving the music forward, but as a unit they show equal prowess in finding a collaborative groove. The playing is tight; the songs are fast and they hit hard. There’s a spirit of fun, too— “Maiden Hell” lyrically name checks a couple dozen Iron Maiden songs to tell a new story, a clear shout-out of gratitude to the band who most obviously inspired them. In an alternate universe, Darkness Remains could have been the album Maiden released between Killers and The Number Of The Beast.

In addition to releasing a great album in Darkness Remains, Night Demon is a band with a social conscience. Check out their Website to read about their non-profit Metal Cares and how to support their charitable work.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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