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Reviewed by Brian Fischer-Giffin
been a pretty decent year for hard rock releases and as we head toward
the close of 2011 here's another one that's chock full of catchy rockin'
The genesis of Melody Black goes back twenty years and all four of these
guys have played in bands with each other over that period. It should
hardly surprise anyone then that they could come out with a strong
opening statement a little more than a year after getting together. But
in fact Love Your Demons has been simmering away for while,
blasted out in a few hours last year only a day or so after their very
first live performance.
A brooding intro leads into the driving opener, "Over Me, Over You" and
the mood is set for some loud and punchy heavy music that just gets
straight to the business of rocking. Guided by Leeno Dee's keen knack
for a hook, Melody Black don't pause much for breath - this has all the
energy of a gig, the immediacy of the recording lending the album a
spark and a vitality that so many modern recordings lack. At just on
thirty minutes, there isn't much room for filler and Melody Black keep
it real. There's a punkish element to their delivery that's bolstered by
Johnathan Devoy's urgent and raw vocals, especially when he screams
himself hoarse on "Do You Need Me". But it's the killer pop choruses
that makes this album stand up tall. "Pushover" is the first real gem
here in that regard but the absolute highlight is "TV Generation" with a
hook so enormous it will lodge in the brain for hours and a stonking
big drum noise from Tubby Wadsworth. "Pretty Ugly" is a near-perfect
hard rock single that if true justice existed would have Melody Black on
every radio station in the country.
Love Your Demons is just about the ideal rock album - no fat,
no filler, and pure rocking from go to whoa with a level of
sophistication and riotous energy that sets it apart from the
homogenised rock scene of today. You could do much worse than seek this
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