Originally released in 1989 on Sonic Records, NWOBHM legends Demon are now seeing their album Taking the World By Storm given a remix treatment from the folks over at Spaced Out Music, who last remastered it back in 2002. Some additional attention to the bottom end as well as the raising of some vocal and guitar levels have been implemented, but otherwise the original spirit of the album has been kept intact.
What it really comes down to though are the songs, and Taking the World By Storm has plenty of good ones, now given some added sonic edge. "Commercial Dynamite" and the title track kick things off in glorious metal anthem fashion, each one packed with memorable hooks and plenty of vibrant, chugging guitar riffs. Those majestic keyboards that always seem to appear on Demon's albums pop up on the epic sounding "The Life Brigade", as Dave Hill's commanding vocals soar over raging riffs and dramatic rhythms. Even more adventurous is the near 10-minute "Remembrance Day (A Song For Peace)", complete with symphonic keyboards, flutes, and crushing guitars, showing how good Demon where at combining powerful AOR with progressive metal. "What Do You Think About Hell" is more of a moody, doomy rocker, while the lengthy "Blue Skies in Red Square" is vintage sounding, hook laden & heavy Demon, with some 'oh, oh, ohhh' vocals thrown in for good measure. The near 12-minute "Time Has Come" closes things up in dramatic, emotional fashion, a great vehicle for Hill's powerful vocal delivery as well as poignant keyboard flourishes & arrangements. It's an epic and quite proggy end to this very fine album.
Already a strong & varied album, Taking the World By Storm has now been given additional clarity and power thanks to this remix. If you haven't yet discovered the world of Demon, make sure to check out this long lost classic, and also investigate Night of the Demon, The Unexpected Guest, and The Plague while you are at it, all great examples of what Demon, and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, had to offer.
1. Commercial Dynamite
2. Taking The World By Storm
3. The Life Brigade
4. Remembrance Day (A Song For Peace)
5. What Do You Think About Hell
6. Blue Skies In Red Square
7. Time Has Come