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'Love Your Demons'
(Riot Entertainment)
Out Now

scott adams

The moment the chorus of 'Over Me Over You' erupts gloriously into your consciousness is the moment you become aware that Melody Black's explosive debut, 'Love Your Demons', might be something a little over and above the norm.


It's a delirious slab of hard rock - not Metal, though there's no doubt even the most grim-faced denizen of Hades will find much on this album to enjoy - mired in the British punk rock explosion of the seventies, but adorned at all points with a songwriting sophistication that takes the album beyond mere snot-nosed bravado and into an area altogether more enticing.

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'So Gone' might be something you'd find Scott Weiland sniffing around, its restrained grunge stylings twitching invitingly at the edges of your senses, before driving home its point in a compelling crescendo that somehow brings to mind almost impossible thoughts of Bush duking it out with Life Of Agony. I admit you need a fertile imagination to make that vision work, but if you can, you'll understand perfectly when you hear the track.

'Pushover' is pure brilliance, the poprocking twinkle of the verses coalescing into a glorious chorus that pulls out all the stops in a piece of melodic grandstanding few bands will manage to better this year, before allowing guitarist Phil Bowley the space to unleash a neat solo - there's no dicking about here, no flab, just, as the courier advert currently being flogged to death on Foxtel says, 'excellence simply delivered'.

'Do You Need Me' maintains the high standards, vocalist Johnathan Devoy propelling the song with an impassioned vocal. Devoy is one of the real stars of '...Demons', stamping every moment with the authority of his powerful throatal performances, and he screams himself raw at the end of this track.

'Who's Cryin' Now' carries the handicap of sharing its title with a Journey song of such brilliance, it can't hope but to come off second best. Still, perhaps this little lull in the proceedings is just a magnificent feat of tracking brilliance, as 'WCN' paves the way for the utter magnificence of 'TV Generation'. This is a song that genuinely fires the spirit and gladdens the heart, built around the sort of chorus that ruled the airwaves in Britain about fifteen years ago when Britrock titans like Terrorvision ran the show. It is an utter gem of a song that, once lodged in your brain, will never, ever leave. And, just when you thought the song was going to fade and die, the whole thing takes off again, thanks to some marvellous Keith Moon-styled drum barrages courtesy of the magnificently monikered Tubby Wadsworth. It is, in three words, absolutely bloody perfect.

'We Both Know' is underpinned by some throbbing basswork from the fingers of Leeno Dee, and comes equipped with another splendid chorus - are you getting the idea now?

'Pretty Ugly' rounds things out nicely, delivering a rocking sound The Living End would be proud of, and there you have it.

Melody Black are seasoned musicians, and it's doubtless you'll be familiar with at least some of their work in bands such as Jerk and Ink; but I doubt very much you'll hear a better straight-up hard rock album from anyone - known or unknown - this year. Splendid stuff.


More Scott Adams right here.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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