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Night Demon
Curse of the Damned




Company: Century Media
Release: 2015
Genre: Traditional
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Nostalgic trip



  • Newcomers Night Demon make their full-length debut with "Curse of the Damned", a fun, nostalgic trip back through old school metal with a new school feel. From the jump, "Curse" is an album that is sure to give you that fuzzy feeling inside and make you want to break out your old Riot or Loudness shirts that you've put away. Opening track "Screams in the Night" is a great starter, really kicking things off with a driving guitar riff, speedy drumming and a very catchy song that gets stuck in your brain like a thumbtack in a cubicle wall. As the album progresses, the band show their love for early NWOBHM and classic metal. Tracks like "Curse of the Damned", "Full Speed Ahead" and "Livin' Dangerous" are great songs that could easily have been viewed as hits back in the late 80's to early 90's. "The Howling Man", the album's longest track at 6:48, is a pretty decent story track that changes it up a little, incorporating a slower tempo to the song and the riffs and having a bit of doom infused in the track as well. The one gripe I have with the album is that some of the songs do sound the same upon further listens. For instance, the cadence of "Curse of the Damned" and "Full Speed Ahead" are almost identical and the music is done in the same time signature with just a slight variation on the main riff. Despite the repetitiveness, I found myself listening to this album quite a bit after my initial run through. Old school fans will be happy to be afflicted with the "Curse of the Damned".



    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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