10. Demon – The Unexpected Guest (1982)
Channeling Black Sabbath’s eerie, morbid soundscapes but updating them for an 80’s audience (something Sabbath themselves often struggled to do), Demon’s 2nd album is a Heavy Metal treat wrapped up in a big blood-red bow.
Taken at face value, The Unexpected Guest‘s demonically twisted artwork initially sends mixed messages and you’d be forgiven for thinking an occult obsessed, Doom-laden ride to the bowels of hell awaits.
But you’d be very, very wrong.
Demon may have lyrically embraced ritual, dark magic and demonic possession but their music was still indebted to the legends of 70’s Heavy Metal and The Unexpected Guest is laced with enough blues-tinted melody to have you tripping your Hard Rock tits off.
Demon were truly accomplished songwriters and The Unexpected Guest is home to songs that are confident, robust and unbelievably catchy; check out “Don’t Break The Circle”, “The Spell” and “Deliver Us From Evil” if you need convincing.
Like a knock on the door in the middle of the night, Demon’s sophomore album may take you by surprise but this is one unexpected guest that never outstays it’s welcome.