NIGHT DEMON Bio (updated June 19, 2021)
For nearly a decade, the name Night Demon has been synonymous with top-shelf old-school heavy metal. Indeed, the trio hailing from Ventura, California have painstakingly crafted a sterling reputation rooted in stellar songs, searing live shows, a relentless work ethic, and a think-outside-the-box approach. When the music industry ground to a gut-wrenching halt early last year, disrupting well-laid plans for world domination, Night Demon simply shifted gears. They pivoted, adapted, and soon found themselves busier and more productive than ever. In the spring and summer of 2020, Night Demon released a series of five standalone 7” singles, featuring brand-new songs, cover versions, and even live recordings of their performance of two Scorpions classics with Uli Jon Roth. All five singles quickly sold out. In the summer of 2020, the band launched the Night Demon Heavy Metal Podcast, a weekly deep-dive into all things Night Demon that is now on the cusp of its 50th episode. Most importantly, Night Demon continued writing and recording new music. The fruits of their labor will be unveiled on April 15, 2022, when Night Demon will release their third full-length studio album via Century Media Records. Entitled Year of the Demon, this platter promises to be the band’s most ambitious and exhilarating creation to date. In the meantime, Night Demon, consisting of Jarvis Leatherby (vocals/bass), Armand John Anthony (guitar) and Dusty Squires (drums), are plotting their triumphant return to the live arena. The band shall embark on extensive full-scale, hammer-down worldwide touring activities to support the new album beginning in April 2022. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for occasional Night Demon one-off gigs in the coming months. The Demon is back: beware of their bite.
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 rounded out their pre-pandemic touring schedule with a lengthy run through Europe as direct support for legendary Arizona thrashers Sacred Reich in late 2019.