After a promising start and the great albums “Night Of The Demon“ (1981) and “The Unexpected Guest“ (1982) DEMON shallowed off more and more and only in 1987 could fully convince again with their brilliant long player “Breakout”. But with the 89 successor “Taking The World By Storm” the band delivered its absolute masterpiece.
Rarely a Heavy Rock combo combined demand with such enchanting melody lines. Would today’s Scandinavian and Italian Melodic Metaller take this album as a role model, I would thank the Lord on my knees. The epic “Remembrance Day (A Song For Peace)” that starts out with flutes, then slowly but inexorably rising, ennobled by a goose bump-inducing melody and extremely intense vocals by Dave Hill has to be heard by E.V.E.R.Y. Melodic Metaller once in his life!
As only comparison to this mega hymn I could come up with LED ZEPPELIN’s “Stairway To Heaven“!!! You cannot make this any better. But the other songs also fully convince. If it is the stirring, heart-rending “Time Has Come“, in which we get the lead melody of “Remembrance Day“ again, too, the slow, dramatic “What Do You Think About Hell“, the fast title song or the great, damn variable ear candy “The Life Brigade“, this is ingenious music. Definitively essential!!! (Online December 2, 2004)