Demon is an English rock/metal group, formed in 1979 by vocalist Dave Hill and guitarist Mal Spooner, both hailing from LeekStaffordshire. They are considered an important band in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

Early years[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The original line-up was completed by Les Hunt (Lead guitar), Chris Ellis (bass guitar) and John Wright (drums). The band were signed by Mike Stone'sClay Records in 1980 and licensed to Carrere Records to join their stable of metal bands. Their debut albumNight of the Demon, was released in 1981.

After their 1982 follow-up album, The Unexpected Guest, the band experimented beyond the NWOBHM sound and moved the band in a more melodic direction whilst still retaining the more traditional heavy metal black magic lyrical style.[1]

In 1983 Demon took a change in direction.[1] The Plague marked a swing towards a more progressive sound. Lyrically the band also changed direction, switching to a more overtly political style that was to characterise their albums for the rest of their career.[1] The following album, the Pink Floyd influencedBritish Standard Approved (1984), released on the small independent Clay label, was not a huge commercial success, and with the death of Mal Spooner later that year, it appeared that the band would soon fold. At this point, the band had recruited a permanent keyboard player in Steven Watts.[1]

1985-1992[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The following release Heart of Our Time (1985) showed that the remaining members of the band were determined to continue, and it was the start of a new songwriting partnership between Hill and Watts. Although the album is regarded as the weakest of the bands releases, it paved the way for the critically acclaimed Breakout (1987) and its follow-up Taking the World by Storm (1988).[1] The band would go onto release two more albums in the 1990s; 1991's Hold onto the Dream and 1992's Blow Out before splitting up in 1992 which, according to singer and founding member Dave Hill, was because of fatigue.[2]

Reunion 2001-present[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Hill reunited the band with new members in 2001, and released a new album called Spaced Out Monkey. The band has since gone onto release a further two albums, Better the Devil You Know (2005) and their latest release Unbroken, which was released on 13 September 2012.[3] Both of the bands post reunion releases have received positive reviews from the press leading the band to go on and play many festivals across Europe Including Bang Your Head festival and Sweden Rock the band also toured with Magnum singer Bob Catley in 2005.[4]

The band released their twelfth studio album, Unbroken, in September 2012 and are planning a number of festival appearances in 2013 in support of it. The band are due to play at Sweden Rock Festival in June and Headbangers Open Air festival in July.[5]

Members[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Current[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • Dave Hill - Lead Vocals (1979-1992, 2001-present)
  • Neil Ogden - Drums, Percussion (2002-present)
  • David Cotterill - Guitars (2007-present)
  • Ray Walmsley - Bass (2012-present)
  • Paul Hume - Guitars (2012-present)
  • Karl Waye - Keyboards (2001, 2013-present)

Past[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • Paul Riley - Bass (1979-1980)
  • John Wright - Drums, Percussion (1979-1987)
  • Clive Cook - Guitar (1979-1980)
  • Mal Spooner - Guitar (1979-1984) †
  • Les Hunt - Bass (1981) Guitar (1981-1983)
  • Chris Ellis - Bass (1982-1983)
  • Gavin Sutherland - Bass (1984-1985)
  • Steve Watts - Keyboards (1984-1991)
  • John Waterhouse - Guitar (1985-1992)
  • Andy Dale - Bass 1987-1988, 2001-2011)
  • Nick Bushell - Bass - 1988-1991
  • Scott Crawford - Drums (1988-1991)
  • Steve Brookes - Guitar (1988-1992, 2001)
  • Mike Thomas - Bass (1992)
  • Paul Rosscrow - Drums, Percussion (1992)
  • John Cotterill - Drums, Percussion (2001)
  • Duncan Hansell - Keyboards (2001}
  • Karl Finney - Guitar (2003-2005)
  • Tim Read - Guitar (2005-2007)
  • Paul Farrington - Keyboards (2002-2012)
  • Paul Johnson - Bass (2011-2012)

Discography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Studio albums / EPs[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • Night of the Demon (1981)
  • The Unexpected Guest (1982) - UK Number 47
  • The Plague (1983) - UK Number 73
  • Wonderland (EP) (1984)
  • British Standard Approved (1985)
  • Heart of Our Time (1985)
  • Demon (EP) (1986)
  • Breakout (1987)
  • Taking the World by Storm (1989)
  • Hold on to the Dream (1991)
  • Blow-out (1992)
  • Spaced out Monkey (2001)
  • Better the Devil You Know (2005)[6]
  • Unbroken (2012)

Live albums / compilations[edit source | editbeta]Edit

  • One Helluva Night (live) (1990)
  • Anthology (compilation) (1991)
  • The Best of Demon: Volume One (compilation) (1999)
  • Time Has Come - The Best of Demon (compilation) (2006)

DVDs[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Hill/Stone Productions

  • The Unexpected Guest Tour - Live at Tiffany's 1982 (2009)
  • Up Close and Personal - Live in Germany at The Keep It True Festival warm up show 2006 (2009)
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