Released: 2013, Shadow Kingdom Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Night Demon’s self-titled EP is made for fans of N.W.O.B.H.M. movement that brought to the world Saxon, Iron Maiden, Witchfynde, Angel Witch and many others. The riffs on this record are all about worshipping the afore mentioned bands as well as Judas Priest. While the EP was self-released in 2012, it was picked up by Shadow Kingdom Productions for a wider distribution. The band is composed of members from other bands such as Sumerian Axe and Fucking Wrath, none of which sound like this project.
The four tracks offered on this EP go by extremely fast, leaving the listener wanting for more. It is obvious that the band does not intend to break new ground, yet the songs are played with conviction and are aided by good riffs and catchy choruses. Opener “Night Demon” is a fast rocker that immediately sets the stage of what is to be expected: old school Metal riffs and catchy vocals, with scorching guitar sections .The chorus reminded me of Angel Witch, coupled with the speed metal of classic songs like Saxon’s “Motorcycle Man”.
The band released a self-produced video clip for this particular song. “The Chalice” kicks off with a bass riff that goes into an Iron Maiden-like riff, than we get one of those Blues influenced Metal riffs. Once again, the vocals are catchy here with an infectious chorus. “Ancient Evil” follows a Judas Priest-like formula, and it is a faster number, though not as fast as the opening track. “Ritual” ends the record, a fast song that kicks off with some awesome guitar riffs, while the band once again goes into high gear. The vocals on this track are awesome as well, inviting the listener to come join a ritual that apparently involves Metal Music and getting intoxicated.
The best way to describe this EP is to say that it arrives and it leaves before it overstays its welcome. The band has some awesome chops, and I would be interested to see if they can pull off an entire record full of material such as these songs. While there are familiar riffs here and there, and the band does not stray far from the formula set, these are elements that may as well work in their favor. Let’s see if they ever make a full record that keeps the old school aspects of this EP.
Review by Titus Isaac López