Night Demon proudly announce the worldwide release of their new single, Empires Fall, on April 3, 2020, via Century Media Records.
It’s been three long years since Ventura, California’s Night Demon unleashed their second studio album, Darkness Remains. In the interim, the trio brought their old-school metal attack to stages around the world with a fierce and indomitable work ethic. They released an incendiary triple-vinyl live document, Live Darkness. They conquered new territories and fortified existing strongholds both at home and abroad. Now, at long last, Night Demon answer the prayers of their rabid fanbase by unveiling their first new music since April 2017. “Empires Fall” is a quick-hitting, take-no-prisoners track chronicling the demise of the record industry. For all its incandescent energy, the song offers a couple of unexpected surprises, most notably the delicate acoustic midsection and the infectious gang vocals courtesy of Rancid members Lars Frederiksen and Matt Freeman. On the B-side, Night Demon once again pay homage to their British metal roots with a barnstorming version of “Fast Bikes,” a 7” single from 1983 originally recorded by Le Griffe. This unheralded gem of the NWOBHM movement has long been a mainstay of the tape deck in the band’s touring van, and the time was right to give it the full-on Night Demon treatment. The brilliant handpainted cover art by Andrei Bouzikov is the icing on the cake for Empires Fall, evoking images of Godzilla and Mothra terrorizing Tokyo, but with an irrepressible Night Demon twist that dovetails perfectly with the song’s lyrical content.
Night Demon erupted onto the underground heavy metal scene with a self-titled four-song EP in 2012. Showcasing a sound forged in a deep-seated passion for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal melded to distinctly American muscle and swagger, and embracing a rigorous touring schedule, Night Demon quickly gained momentum in the USA and Europe. In January 2015, the band released their first full-length album, Curse of the Damned, which refined the band’s trademark sound and garnered widespread acclaim by fans and critics alike. To promote the record, Night Demon hit the killing road for the better part of two years, crisscrossing the United States multiple times, touring the European market relentlessly, and even veering off the beaten path with extensive dates in Mexico, South America and Latin America.
The Night Demon legend continued to grow with the release of their second full-length album, Darkness Remains, in April 2017. Darkness Remains saw the band delivering all of the expected NWOBHM-inspired thrills and chills, but also honing their songwriting chops, developing more of an individual sound, sharpening their attack, and even taking a few chances along the way. The album was lauded by leading journalists, publications and webzines around the world, hauling in top honors in numerous end-of-year polls and lists. True to form, Night Demon again embarked on a grueling touring regimen, including headlining the Darkness over Europe tour and spending five weeks in Europe as direct support for German metal masters Accept. To celebrate their accomplishments thus far and document their ferocious live rituals, Night Demon released a comprehensive, career-spanning live album, Live Darkness, in August 2018. Recorded before a packed house of longtime friends and supporters in their adopted second home of Cleveland, Ohio, Live Darkness captured the band’s energy and intensity on that magical night, yielding definitive versions of the Night Demon catalog. More intensive touring followed, including a headlining appearance at the Hell Over Hammaburg Festival in Hamburg, Germany in early 2019, with special guest Uli Jon Roth joining the band for a spinetingling encore of the Scorpions classics “In Trance” and “Top of the Bill.”
Night Demon, consisting of Jarvis Leatherby (vocals/bass), Armand John Anthony (guitar) and Dusty Squires (drums), now have their sights set firmly on the future. Although the global coronavirus crisis has temporarily grounded their tour plans, the band are plotting their triumphant return to the live arena, including select festival appearances in summer 2020. Empires may fall, but Night Demon still stand tall.