Damien-metal’s forgotten power band – LemonWire



It has always been impossible to keep up with all the media has to offer. The heavy metal of the 1980s is no different. Even if one person had been able to watch all the videos Music Television had to offer in the genre, it might have been impossible to keep up with all the albums and merchandising. But, probably, no one has seen all of the videos. In any case, one of the brightest spots among the lesser-known bands on Music Television’s “Headbanger’s Ball” was Damien. A five-piece power metal band from Toledo, Ohio that didn’t get the attention they deserved.

It is difficult and filled with speculation to understand why a group that was clearly talented, even if they can be supported by some people’s standards, was ignored by the general public. Damien struggled to gain a foothold in the music market while the Sunset Strip was still producing metal bands.

Their first recording, “Every Dog Has Its Day” from 1987 was accepted by rock fans and the band recorded videos for it and its follow-up, two years later, “Stop This War” from 1989. ” Stop This War “is an impressive collection of tracks with thoughtful, aggressive lyrics and incredible metal elements, from vocals to drums. It all screams at the question “Why weren’t they bigger?” “

Fans hear about the workings of the music industry in a variety of ways from bands they love and music historians. One thing Damien didn’t have was a short, catchy song that would have been considered suitable for radio. Thirty years later, it sounds ridiculous, but it was important in the 1980s. All of the songs on “Stop This War” are between two and five minutes long. It seems more broadcast wouldn’t 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, in 1987 there were only a few years left of the metal decade. Bands that had been around for years were trying new things, and while Damien’s work was good, maybe he wasn’t as competitive as some pros in the industry might have expected. It’s hard to say.

So maybe the timing was Damien’s problem. But people remain excited about the band’s sound, so it doesn’t seem like the recorded product is the problem. Online reviews of the band’s music are overwhelmingly positive, even in 2019. Even though Damien technically broke up in the 1990s, they reformed at the turn of the 21st century and reportedly performed shows as late as summer 2018. The group also appears to be a four-piece band now.

Damien is perhaps best appreciated on vinyl. In any case, the songs have an urgency that is sometimes lacking in groups for whom traditional success has come more easily.

The general soundscape will remind some listeners of the late 1980s Christian metal bands that were popular at the time. Damn, for example. The group manages to create a big sound and fast rhythms. Voices never scream on a stratospheric level, but a lower, non-lyrical chant is used to bring songs to life about war and women who might be witches.

Thunder- -this is a word that is best used to describe Damien’s sound. Songs like “Rising Dawn” offer listeners a sparse melody for guitar and vocals before launching into the unexpected rhythms and general power that govern instrumentation and vocals. For this song and a few others, Damien inspires comparisons with Iron Maiden.

For sheer power and aggression, especially in the form of Randy “Wolf” Mickelson’s vocals, “Matilda” is a must-have. The lyrics are also unexpected. From the structure of each line to the placement and choice of each word, the song sounds like a masterpiece of metal, and as if it should have been in a horror movie soundtrack.

Maybe Damien will go on tour again this summer. Even if the band that performs isn’t made up of all of the original members, it’s more than likely that they’ll get the sound and style that drew people to Damien in the first place.



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