THE HIDEOUS SUN DEMONS:
The Hideous Sun Demons
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The Hideous Sun Demons are bursting from talent and technique. In normal
life drummer Ray Luzier, bass player James LoMenzo and guitar player
Hiketa are David Lee Roth's band. As Dave takes it easy nowadays (the
turned 50 last month) these gentlemen have plenty of time on their
do other projects. A few years ago they started The Hideous Sun Demons,
instrumental trio in which they turn their love for science fiction
horror into music.
The song titles on this debut are evidence of their mutal interests: "The
Mummy", "The Maze" and "Brainwashed". The material
ranges from jams to
compact, powerful songs. Opening track "Elevation" sounds like
Roth during the "A Little Ain't Enough" era. It has plenty of variation,
great hooks and many Vai-like guitar fills. Variation is the motto
album, "Osaka Funk" is like the title suggests very funky, while "The
is at least as heavy as White Zombie. In the fast jazzy piece "Mosquito"
Toshi Hiketa plays his fingers into a knot. On the Zappa-ish "Brainwashed" he
again proves to be a real string monster. The guitar sounds on this song
are fantastic and the most innovative I've heard in years. It's no
this guy can play, as David Lee Roth always joins forces with super
(Van Halen, Vai, Becker).
Overall this is a damn fine debut album which will give the marketing
department of the record company plenty of headaches as this band can't
put into a category. Lords of Metal readers who liked Liquid Tension
Experiment can buy this album without hesitation. Let's hope these
record an album with Dave sometime soon. With so much energy and talent
something to look forward to.
This band has vowed to stake their claim in the musically high tech world
inhabited by such musical super heroes as Liquid Tension Experiment,
and Bozzio Levin Stevens. I must say that they have succeeded. If I
compare Hideous Sun Demons with the aforementioned bands I must say
these Demons are a little less experimental and more melodic / song
The album is a strong slice of virtuoso musicianship firmly planted
progressive field. Will appeal to fans of acts such as Liquid Tension
Experiment. There is a strong jazzy vibe to much of the work here,
still rockin’. Toshi Hiketa proves himself to be a monster player,
quirky Vai like style and you can see why Diamond Dave chose these
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