Ventura, California’s Night Demon is a band that defies expectations and the odds. In an era where many new bands can barely play their instruments and have rely on technology to cover their tracks, the trio of Jarvis Leatherby (vocals, bass), Dusty Squires (drums), and Armand John Anthony (guitar) are true musicians who understand their craft. Unlike the generic knock-off bands trying to appeal to the shifting trends of the moment, Night Demon have focused on creating metal influenced by the bands they admire and they believe there are plenty of true metal fans that will appreciate their sound.
The band’s debut album, Curse of the Damned, came out in 2015 and started an underground firestorm. By the end of the year they landed on many best of lists, including five #1 album picks. Rather than churn out another record and continue forward, the band chose to stay on the road taking their debut album around the world, and it paid off, as they earned countless new fans with each performance. The band’s second album, Darkness Remains, which dropped on April 21, had been primarily complete for almost a year before its release, but Night Demon wanted to give the debut album time to set a foundation for the band. It was a ballsy move, and it paid off. Darkness Remains is already receiving high praise and murmurs of “Best of 2017” buzz.
Every conversation with Night Demon founder, Jarvis Leatherby, is educational and entertaining, unfortunately, we always run out of time before I can ask all my questions. That is the downside to chatting with a man with such a deep passion for music and metal. Nonetheless, Metalholic and Metal Nation Radio did manage to steal him for 30 minutes or so to chat about the Darkness Remains. We also spoke to him about his battle with sleep paralysis, his work with NWOBHM icons Jaguar, as well as his role in the rebirth of unheralded metal heroes Cirith Ungol, and the creation of the Frost and Fire Festival.
You can check out the full interview with Jarvis below as he digs into many or the songs on Darkness Remains, as well as the recording process for the record. He also shares which three tracks on the record are part of a special trilogy. You can also check out the album’s first video for the track “Welcome to the Night.”