There’s a tune for practically every kind of rock music lover on A Demon’s Dream, an instrumental album from Canadian guitarist and bassist Dave Martone.
For your consideration: The disc opens with the Joe Satriani-inspired, progressive-tinged "Big Church." Later comes the down-home, Southern-fried "Country Maniac," which segues into the Middle Eastern-flavored chanting of the oddly named "Demon Fetal Harvest," which flows into the traditional jazzy blues of "Got Da Blues." From there, Martone progresses to fusion that borders on chugging metal in another bizzare title, "Attack of the Celery Crunchers." "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" is a shredfest and "Panemenco" melds flamenco guitar and pretty piano before turning hard and heavy.
Martone receives a little help from session players on drums, percussion, keyboards and some bass. And unlike many instrumental records, A Demon’s Dream does not get redundant or boring. That’s perhaps the best thing you can say about an instrumental record these days.