Formed in 1977, the initial lineup DEATH SS would feature four “characters”: The Death, The Mummy, The Werewolf, and of course The Vampire, who was frontman Steve Sylvester (and who gave the band their “SS” appellation). Guided by the hand of Sylvester, after a period of intense composition, DEATH SS would emerge in the early ’80s with a handful of demos and the Evil Metal EP in 1983. Although that EP’s title served as a perfect summation of the band’s eerie, horror-laden sound, it was the band’s debut album, …In Death of Steve Sylvester, where DEATH SS would truly begin to cement their cult status.
Originally released in 1991, Heavy Demons truly embodied its namesake. Whereas …In Death of Steve Sylvester largely introduced the band to the worldwide metal scene and Black Mass upped the energy, Heavy Demons was a further intensification of their more modernized sound on Black Mass. While by no means merely repeating the formula of Black Mass, on Heavy Demons, DEATH SS simply consolidated their by-now-considerable strengths and delivered a record which could only come from them: that trademark DEATH SS sound was, and will always be, one of the most unique around. Further fueling the more speed metallized sound of Heavy Demons is the band’s clearest and most powerful production to date.
Faithfully restored to its original sound and design, as per the band’s specifications, hear DEATH SS’s Heavy Demons as it was meant to be heard!
Shadow Kingdom Records (USA), 2017.