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DEMON DRIVE ‘Four Play!’ (Escape Music ESM085) (2003)

The band formed in the mid-90’s from the ashes of Casanova, who had considerable success in the late 80’s/early 90’s before grunge came along. The line-up here consists of vocalist/keyboard player Michael Voss, guitarist Thorsten Koehne, bass player Jochen Mayer and drummer Frank Kraus.

The band peddle straight ahead, good time melodic rock the likes of which Von Groove and Harem Scarem do so well.

‘Roller Coaster Ride’ opens the album in fine style with a driving melody and catchy chorus. Next up is a cover of Cliff Richard’s ‘Devil Woman’! Heavier than the original with some tasty guitar solos, the band pull the cover off well. The band have also re-recorded the Casanova tune ‘Here Comes That Feelin’s Again’, complete with harmony vocals overload! The old ‘Nah Nah’ vocals come along in ‘She Goes’, a great bouncy rocker which is followed by ‘Waterfall’, a song chock full of crisp guitar riffing. The song also possess on the most catchy choruses I have heard this year, bare Departure’s ‘Corporate Wheel’. The album slightly tales off at the end with the party rocker ‘Room No.17’ and ‘Because Of You’ failing to get my foot tapping. But ‘Remember Where You Heard It First’ redresses the balance, ending the album on a high with a classic melodic rocker.

The lyrics will never win awards (check out the Coverdale like ‘Misdemeanour’) but then the band never set out to change the world. It’s a great melodic rock feast and it’s great to see bands producing such good albums in this genre.



Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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