Demon’s fourth album was originally released in 1985 and sadly shortly after it was recorded guitarist Mal Spooner passed away. Spooner was joined on the album by vocalist Dave Hill and drummer John Wright from the previous album, ‘The Plague’ and two new members – keyboards player Steve Watts and bassist Gavin Sutherland (of the Sutherland Brothers & Quiver fame).
It is a progressive rock album at its heart, with a basis on a last great ship and a farewell to the British Empire. The boat on the album’s cover looks like the ‘Titanic’ and their are references to the boat on certain songs. The band really expanded their musical sound on here, be it a recorder added to the wonderful ‘Touching The Ice’ (one of the band’s finest songs in my humble opinion) or the more upbeat and commercial rock of ‘Wonderland’. The band really went to town on the special effects and musical arrangements.
If you enjoy progressive rock this album comes highly recommended, along with the band’s ‘The Plague’ album.