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demon drummer
383 posts
Reg: 6/3-11
Posted: 2012-09-27 22:10
UNBROKEN,,,love it or hate it unbroken is two years of mine and dave hills life ,we began working on it at my humble abode in penkhull s-o-t i have a small studio @ my house ,the aim was a good feel upbeat album as the country slipped into doom and gloom

I am a drummer by trade who cannot read a jott of written music so everything i write comes from the heart, and my influences as a growing man ,i play a little guitar and bass ,luckilly in dave i have a mate who can turn the riffs into songs ,its a total pleasure to offer up an idea in rough form and see dave light up with a melody instantly forming in his head...often he would turn up at my shop and blast out the melody outside the shop ,passers by looking on and frowning at two grown men rockin out in his golf gti, i dont proclaim to be the best song writer or award winning composer , but what you get from me is 10000 percent comittment to the demon cause never for money or fame but purely for a boyhood dream of mine to play my songs in front of people who like the same music as me.

Like it or loathe it UNBROKEN is a proud moment for me so i hope you realize how much time and effort has gone into it ,keep the faith and dont break the circle 2013 will be a good demon year ......
NP: fill your head with rock

746 posts
Reg: 5/5-06
Posted: 2012-09-28 09:22
Thanks for that honest and heartfelt post Neil - appreciated. For what it's worth, I think it's a good hard rock/metal album that is well recorded and grows on you.

My favourite track on the album (cracking riff and nice changes) is the title track followed by 'Wings of Steel'.

Dave seems to have a gift for creating songs in his head which is quite a special talent as major artists like Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop do the same of course and require other musicians to realise and materially manifest these ideas.
[Edited 2012-09-28 09:30]

95 posts
Age: 45 years
Reg: 8/2-07
Posted: 2012-09-28 11:44   » Website   » Email
Neil, you should be proud of Unboken, I think it is a great album and one that will go down as a classic.

I love a great rock album and this is exactly that! I can't wait to see the songs live.

Evil or Very Mad

746 posts
Reg: 5/5-06
Posted: 2012-09-28 14:40
The double bass drum in the last chorus of Unbroken is essential and crucial! Cool Very Happy

Kidsgrove Stoke On Trent Staffordshire England
339 posts
Age: 54 years
Reg: 8/5-06
Posted: 2012-09-28 16:05   » Email
For someone who doesnt read music that's a great achievement,the bonus being that you get to achieve one of your lifes ambitions how good is that Very Happy
[Edited 2012-09-28 16:06]

28 posts
Age: 45 years
Reg: 14/2-07
Posted: 2012-09-29 16:19   » Email
Great to hear such devotion and ambition mr Ogden! I'm still waiting for my copy, but I'll give you all my review asap, and I'll tell you already that I bet I will LOVE it as I do ALL the albums! One thing that Demon, and especially mr Hill himself has taught me is to never ever let go of your dreams. That is why, at soon 40 years of age, I still say that I'll be a rock star when I grow up. I won't allow myself lying on my deathbed regret that I stopped dreaming or trying! Hold On To Your Dream my friends!
NP: with beer
Savona - Italy
69 posts
Age: 48 years
Reg: 9/9-12
Posted: 2012-09-29 19:18   » Email
The album Unbroken I will come this week, at least they told me.
It was years since your expecting a studio album and all your output at the end is always full of surprises.
I just listened to "Pray" and "I Still Believe".
From a first impression I would say it has a sound similar to Better The Devil ...
I read what you wrote and I was struck by what you said.
The last work that you have done are well made, even though my heart is for your previous work especially from '87 to '91. Some songs are full of feelings and I would like very much to you since the first album 's I bought back in 1983 and it was "The Unexpected Guest".
The fact that I adore you is mainly that despite more than 32 years and uninterrupted career you how you can say "niche". Of course, the money come in handy at all, but there are very few groups that when they take out a studio album, do not throw two riffs, two fills, two screams and the masterpiece is ready.
I can assure you that now you are the only band that I respect (esteem is an understatement I know), since the metal is now just "thrash".
As I mentioned I collect metal album, especially the '80s, the last job I bought worthy of glory is the Spartan Warrior, a band known since I was a kid and it is re-awakening after 26 years.
Well I hope you can come to Italy for a gig maybe not too far from where I live. The only thing I can tell you is that you are unique.
Well then another Demon year
I hope you understand what I wrote because my English is very bad.
Perth Western Australia
16 posts
Reg: 8/5-08
Posted: 2012-09-30 15:14
Hiya Neil.

Ian Anderson, Steve Hackett and Mark Knofler all couldn't read music for many years but found a way of expressing their thoughts into great music. So, you are in esteemed company..LOL!

It takes a special talent to turn thoughts into music, or a book, or a poem.

Now all we ned is a new LIVE CD because that's where the songs take flight.
NP: Voyager Perth band all 3 CD's on random rotation.
demon drummer
383 posts
Reg: 6/3-11
Posted: 2012-09-30 16:29
Thanks for all your comments,someone once told me of you can hum a riff,song,melody in your head then its playable on a guitar,this is generally the way i work out my song ideas..then hand them over to dave to weave his magic,one of the proudest moments of mine was playing standing on the edge at bang your head festival a few years back and looking at the front row singing along with dave a moment il never forget.

Writing a song or album is never easy to do if it was we would all be famous all you can do is put it out and wait for the response,it is like having people say your child is ugly if they dont like it ...they are all my children on the last album lets hope not to many people think they are ugly...if they are blame the mother her names dave hill ..ha

746 posts
Reg: 5/5-06
Posted: 2012-10-01 08:40
For someone who doesnt read music that's a great achievement

No it's not, 99% of pop/rock "musicians" don't read music. What you mean is: for someone that doesn't play an instrument (or a bit) it demonstrates an innate talent.

746 posts
Reg: 5/5-06
Posted: 2012-10-01 08:45
It takes a special talent to turn thoughts into music, or a book, or a poem.

ALL Books, music and poetry come from thoughts - Art, design - EVERYTHING comes from thoughts. Thoughts are immaterial as well which makes it all the more wondrous.
[Edited 2012-10-01 08:46]

The Only Sane Man
Northants, UK
54 posts
Reg: 2/6-11
Posted: 2012-10-02 13:31
Hi Neil

Thanks for such an honest and positive message. It's great to see someone so enthusiastic for the band they're in - I don't think anyone could doubt an ounce of your dedication. You genuinely wear your heart on your sleeve when it comes to Demon, and you have every right to be justifiably proud in getting something out there that you believe in so passionately.

Should be getting my copy in the next few days so I will give my thoughts on the album when I've had a chance to hear it.

Best wishes to you and the guys, and I hope it is a huge success for you all.

demon drummer
383 posts
Reg: 6/3-11
Posted: 2012-10-03 10:28
Thanks very much pete hopefully you will like a track or two when you get it,also well done on the book release mate you dark horse you kept that one quiet...

The Only Sane Man
Northants, UK
54 posts
Reg: 2/6-11
Posted: 2012-10-03 13:35
Thanks Neil, much appreciated mate.

Yeah, I announced it on a small scale in the ways that I could, but I'm pretty much a one-man marketing machine, and self publicity is not my best attribute, so it kind of just snuck out there!

cheers for the support Smile
2 posts
Age: 28 years
Reg: 12/3-14
Posted: 2014-03-12 11:01   » Website
Nothing is impossible, Unbroken is a testament to the longevity, strength and will power of this band, its one of the best albums released in music,
Growing up listening to Demon on Vinyl hand me downs has enabled me to be instilled with a love of the classic sound,
Regardless of what you can and cant do Neil, with the music you create, be it in Demon or Lawless, you strike a chord in people, everyone who listens to the songs you write or help to write listen to them for a number of different reasons

I Still Believe Rock Will Rule The World...And I Hope You All Do Too!
Huddersfield, UK
58 posts
Age: 31 years
Reg: 22/3-12
Posted: 2014-05-02 01:15   » Website
A nice and interesting read Smile I hope 2014 will be a good year for Demon!
NP: Demon - Blackheath Part Two
14 posts
Reg: 1/6-13
Posted: 2014-05-29 07:33
Thanks for that Neil and for being so honest. Demon have always been an honest down to earth band right from the start. It is wonderful to see that they have stood the test of time so to speak having gone through so many ups and downs. 'Unbroken' is an excellent album. It sounds like a modern rock album of today, but also contains the classic Demon elements too. Wonderful stuff and good luck with everything.
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