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18 Mar 2017

Daemon “The Entrance to Hell” 1971 UK Heavy Psych Hard Rock








Daemon “The Entrance to Hell” 1971 UK Heavy Psych Hard Rock
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John Gustafson… before and after Quatermass …………
Recorded between 1970 and 1971 

Only album from London. After leaving the “Atomic Rooster” and to create a’’ Hard Stuff’’ Paul Hammond and John Du Cann created another project’’ Daemon’’, releasing one album, consisting of singles and demos. Unfortunately, this LP, released on a small record company, was not widely known and musicians, after some deliberation, decided to rename the “Bullet”, and simultaneously change produced by the company…………. 


Very rare post “Atomic Rooster” and pre “Hard Stuff” 
unreleased Demo LP-1970-1971 from the Masters. 
Heavy progressive with lengthy jams du Cann. Post Atomic Rooster, pre Hard Stuff. 

Daemom crawled from the burning pits in 1970, 
dragging blackenedguitars across smouldering rock, 
smiling eerily as they ascended. On the seventh circle, in a flash of white, 
Daemon emerged. Guitars wailed. Angels wept. 
After much studio work Saemon attempting social acceptance, 
adopted the name “Bullet”, later “Hard Stuff”, 
releasing some singles & two LP’s, 
the tracks on this releasewetre the first recorded by Daemon 1970/1971, 
all havebeen digitally remastered by John du Cann from original ¼ master tapes. 
Only the orchestrator uses an acetate as a source. 

Daemon vanished mid-song on stage 1972. 
A sulpburous residue settled upon the bats of a gaping audience. 
Fire fell from the sky…………. 
The Entrance To Hell is one fabulous guitar driven hard acid rock long play by …… who the hell cares! Be it Daemon, Bullet, Hard Stuff, or whomever, who gives a shit? The guitar sizzles from the first track to the last. Ya know what is really cool, this great album was recorded in 1971, the best year for music ever. 

Sadly, they are all dead. 

RIP Paul Hammond 
RIP John Gustafson 
RIP John Du Cann……by………rod45 ………. 
Oh what a tangled web record companies weave, sucking every last drop out of record buyers. The history of this band isn’t that convoluted but bears some clarification, not least to prevent the consumer buying the same product a number of times. This band evolved out of the ashes of the recently broken up Atomic Rooster, with Paul Hammond and John Cann (later DuCann) joining forces with ex Quatermass bassist, John Gustafson. Daemon never released an album but quickly morphed (for reasons unknown to me) into Bullet. They added a singer, Al Shore, and toured as support for Deep Purple in 1970 or 1971, when I saw them live. Bullet released one or two singles but then discovered there was another band of the same name, I believe from USA, who possibly (?) threatened legal action. They then became Hard Stuff, who released two albums. 

This Daemon collection, amounting to more than a vinyl LP, is what became the Hard Stuff album “Bulletproof”. Some of these tracks, for obvious reasons of time limitations, didn’t make it onto either of the Hard Stuff albums. Some of the ones that did are identical and a couple have slight changes, possibly where they were re-worked without Al Shore. Some also have different track names but contain the same music. A word of warning, although it adds to the merits of buying this album if you already have the “Bulletproof” issue, is that some of the “identical” tracks to the ones that appear on “Bulletproof” are not exactly the same, however, as we have some subtly different mixes. Now, to top it all, the record companies pull out their final trick. They have released this entire album, I believe on a track for track basis, under the name Bullet and, surprise surprise, they neglect to mention this fact on the cover! Funny that! I have not heard this later issue and, therefore, cannot comment on the relative differences of audio quality. 

That’s the background but what about the music? Having seen them live, as stated above when they were still Bullet, I was a fan from the off. The final released version of the “Bulletproof” album has long since been a favourite album of mine and this is all that and more so it has to be a winner…doesn’t it? Well yes and no (although it’s not much of a “no”). Some of the tracks left off “Bulletproof” are not quite of the same high standard and do sound like out-takes. Where it does get interesting is the much longer version of “Jam: The Provider”, here stretched out from two and a half minutes to over seven. It was a great track on “Bulletproof” and I always wanted it to go on longer. This is one of those times, rarer than hen’s teeth, where I got my wish granted! 

Whichever version a person decided to go with, it’s a great ride. I have bought this CD, the “Bulletproof” on vinyl as well as two CD versions and will probably even get the Bullet issue. That should explain more succinctly than any convoluted explanation as to what I think of the album. In the words of Scott Tracy, it’s FAB!……Crazyworldof …………. 

Recorded in 1970~1, this British prog album went unreleased for 35 years. It’s basically a hard rock LP, with material ranging from somewhat, to quite commercial sounding, and with a few heavy metal and funky moves, that all sound ahead of their time. Overall, it’s extremely consistent. Out of 17 tracks listed, I grade 7 at B+, 5 at B, and 2 more get B-’s. Since two tracks run together with the cuts that immediately follow them, and are graded together as one cut, that only leaves one better than average song. That’s pretty darn consistent. Through out the years, the Kissing Spell label has taken much criticism for failing to provide any background info on many of their releases. On one album (I forget which one right now), they even took the time to print up a blurb, which stated that they had been more or less “shamed” into providing some background information, and that this was the background info they were providing for this particular album… and then never providing anything! But on this here LP, they actually do give a few brief paragraphs, on the outside of the fold-out insert card. This was so that they could reserve the entire inside (where background info would normally go) for the short, but heartfelt message - FUCK YOU! Ahh, nothing like appreciation for buying your product, eh Kissing Spell? Well, same to you, but with thanks for releasing a decent LP that otherwise would have been lost to the ages. Recommended ……..by……tymeshifter ……… 

This is basically the same album as Hard Stuff’s ‘Bulletproof’, with the addition of a number of extra tracks and jams which were probably never meant for any album proper. The Daemon recording was made sometime in 1971 (probably) but ultimately the band had to change their name twice due to clashes with already existing groups. By the time the album came out on the Purple label in 72, most of the chaff had been removed and the production cleaned up slightly, to produce in the debut Hard Stuff album, one of the truly great long lost hard rock albums of the early 1970’s. These guys, for a short time, had the tunes and the super heavy heavy sound of 71, eclipsing even the mighty LZ4 for my money, and leaving Leafhound and Sabbath for dead….Do yourself a favour and give this one a try. Shame by the second album they had lost it but hey-ho - one stone cold classic is still a great achievement……By N. Green………. 

Ο John Du Cann Τραγουδιστης Και Κιθαριστας Ξεκινοντας Απο Την Μπαντα Anromeda Για 1 Χρονο Στην Συνεχεια Μαζι Με Τον Paul Hammond 
Που Επαιζε Ντραμς Αφησαν Τους Θρυλικους Atomic Rooster Το 1970 
Και Δημιουργησαν Τους Daemon Αλλα Και Αλλαξαν Ονομα Και Mετανομαστηκαν Σε Bullet Ενω Το 1972 Πηραν Τελικη 
Μορφη Κατω Απο Την Ονομασια Hard Stuff. Ο Δισκος Που Ερχετε 
Παρακατω Ηχογραφηθηκε Το 1970 Και 1 Τραγουδι Το 1972 Αλλα 
Κυκλοφορησε Το 1971……….. 

Daemom crawled from the burning pits in 1970, 
dragging blackenedguitars across smouldering rock, 
smiling eerily as they ascended. On the seventh circle, in a flash of white, 
Daemon emerged. Guitars wailed. Angels wept. 
After much studio work Saemon attempting social acceptance, 
adopted the name “Bullet”, later “Hard Stuff”, 
releasing some singles & two LP’s, 
the tracks on this releasewetre the first recorded by Daemon 1970/1971, 
all havebeen digitally remastered by John du Cann from original ¼ master tapes. 
Only the orchestrator uses an acetate as a source. 

Daemon vanished mid-song on stage 1972. 
A sulpburous residue settled upon the bats of a gaping audience. 
Fire fell from the sky…. (info by: CGR)……………. 

01 Doors Open 
02 Millionaire 
03 No Witch At All 
04 Taken Alive-Amyl Nitrate 
05 Evil Maker 
06 Entrance To Hell 
07 The Orchestrator 
08 Hell - Demonic Possession 
09 Fortune’s Told 
10 Sinister Minister 
11 Jam 
12 Time Gambler 
13 Monster In Paradise 
14 Jay Time 
15 Mr Longevity 
16 Door Closes 
17 Jam - The Provider

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