DAMIEN from the U.S.A. released three good, if not groundbreaking albums with "Every Dog Has Its Day", “Stop This War" and "Angel Juice" back in the late Eighties and early Nineties. The first two of them now have been re-released and especially the debut shall be put close to your heart. Good, catchy Power Metal of the straight kind is awaiting the listener. The whole thing is on one line with great bands such as SWORD, LEATHERWOLF or SHOK PARIS, but without reaching their cult status.
But you still can really enjoy the band. A very big plus is the snotty rough voice of Randy Mikelson, who stands somewhere between Vic Hix (ex SHOK PARIS/AFTERSHOK) and Phil Anselmo (PANTERA, on "Power Metal"). The songs, too, are far from mundane, if you had gotten that impression from what I had written above. No, with “World Affair" they even have a real hit. This small hymn smashes the expression “Heavy Metal” at your ears with a force that you will never forget it again, guaranteed! But there also are other things to be discovered.
Who likes it heavy, but also melodic with gripping sing-along choruses and also has a heart for fast bangers and calmer passages can’t make anything wrong with the purchase of this CD. (Online October 15, 2005)