Damien - Every Dog Has It's Day (1987)
Year : 1987
Style : Heavy Metal , Power Metal
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 159 mb
No exact date has ever been pinpointed, but some time during the close of the 1970's and the beginning of the 1980's a powerful metal group formed in Toledo, Ohio - they called themselves DAMIEN. Influenced by some of the greatest bands of their day, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, UFO, Scorpions.Their first recording, 1987’s “Every Dog Has Its Day,” was accepted by rock fans and the band recorded videos for it and its follow-up, two years later, 1989’s “Stop This War.” “Stop This War” is an impressive collection of tracks with thoughtful, aggressive lyrics, and unbelievable metal elements from vocals to drums. All of this screams the question, “Why weren’t they bigger?”.Fans hear about the workings of the music industry in various ways from the bands they love and music historians. One thing that Damien didn’t have was a short, snappy song that would have been considered radio-friendly. Thirty years later, this seems ridiculous, but such was important in the 1980s. All of the tracks on “Stop This War” are between two and five minutes long. It seems as if more airplay would not have been out of the question.Another reason for Damien’s near-obscurity might have been their popularity at the end of the decade. In retrospect, by 1987, there were only a few years left of the metal decade. Bands who had been around for years were trying new things, and while Damien’s work was good, maybe it wasn’t as competitive as some industry professionals might have expected. It is difficult to tell.So, maybe timing was Damien’s issue. But people remain excited about the band’s sound, so it does not seem as if the recorded product was the issue. Online comments about the band’s music are overwhelmingly positive, even in 2019. Even though Damien technically broke up in the 1990s, they reformed in the early years of the 21st century and have reportedly played shows as recently as the summer of 2018. The band also appears to be a four-piece group now.The sound of Damien’s “Stop This War” Damien is possibly best enjoyed on vinyl. At any rate, the songs have an urgency that is sometimes lacking in bands for whom traditional success has come easier.The overall soundscape will remind some listeners of the late 1980s Christian metal bands that were popular at the time. Bloodgood, for example. The band manages to craft a big sound and fast rhythms. The vocals never scream at a stratospheric level, but a lower-pitched singing that isn’t operatic is used to bring songs about war and women who might be witches to life.Thundering- -that is a word that is best used to describe the sound of Damien. Songs like “Rising Dawn” offer listeners a sparse guitar and voice only melody before kicking into the unexpected rhythms and general power that govern the instrumentation and vocals. For this song and a few others, Damien inspires comparisons to Iron Maiden.For pure power and aggression, especially in the form of Randy “Wolf” Mickelson’s vocals, “Matilda” is a must-listen. The lyrics are unexpected, too. From the structure of each line, to the placement and choice of each word, the song sounds like a metal masterpiece, and as if it should have been in a horror movie soundtrack.Perhaps Damien will tour again this coming summer. Even if the band that performs is not constituted of all original members, more than likely they will still pull off the sound and style that drew people to Damien in the first place.
Obscure metal band hailing from Toledo, Ohio.Damien brought out their unique brand of heavy/power metal with mixed elements of thrash and speed metal with their 1988 debut, "Every Dog Has It's Day". The sound is very reminiscent of that of "Hell Bent For Leather"-era Judas Priest mixed with many other influences. The funny thing was that Damien was around a whole SIX OR SEVEN YEARS before the band earned major label backing, and even their label, Select Records (who has ever even heard of Select Records?), was not as major as say that of Atlantic of CBS who signed major artists such as Ozzy (CBS) and to a lesser extent Manowar (Atlantic/Atco).The songs on this recording are very well done and precise. The band has their formula for making smashing songs down and mastered. The songs...some are lethal, biting metal masterpieces such the title track and "Season Of The Arrow". The short instrumental, "Glass City", sounds very Yngwie Malmsteen-influenced, incorporating neo-classical elements to the guitar playing. Vocalist Randy "Wolf" Mikelson has a great set of pipes for the aggressive nature of the music. The vocals them selves change on a moment's notice; they can go from a lower register style to a shrill, bloodcurdling shriek that will evoke images of the mighty metal god himself, Rob Halford. The album also features songs like "Wolf Dreams" which is a mid-paced song that gives the album a pretty good start. Another track worth mentioning is "Possession" which is a bit more commercial sounding, but if only all commercial stuff sounded as good as this, I would promote it.To say the least, there are no real weak songs of this debut. The songs, like in the title track, have chugging riffs and face smashing drums. The dual leads will almost certainly evoke images of Iron Maiden-esque influences. This album is highly recommended for the metal fan who craves the rare and obscure.
Randy "Wolf" Mikelson - Vocals - See also: Fetish Doll, ex-Wolf Gang
Kevin "Killer" Kekes - Bass - See also: ex-Bones Garage, ex-Chastain, ex-Vainglory
Johnny "Evil" Cappeletty - Drums
Chuck Stohl - Guitars - See also: Stohl-N
Fritz Adamshick - Guitars, Vocals
01. Wolf Dreams 04:47
02. Possession 03:37
03. Serpents Rising 03:00
04. Give Me a Sign 04:52
05. Every Dog Has Its Day 04:44
06. World Affair 04:43
07. Season of the Arrow 05:48
08. I Play for You 05:21
09. Glass City 01:49 instrumental
10. Race to the End 03:51
+ Video "Every Dog Has It's Day" (Official Video)
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