12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 14 years, the Christian metalcore unit Demon Hunter shouldn’t have to prove their heaviness to anyone. That said, Extremist dials back some of the nonstop intensity that characterized the quintet’s work in recent years. That doesn’t mean the band has gone soft and fuzzy, however—there’s plenty of unalloyed aggression in the service of the Spirit here. What’s different this time is a greater emphasis on contrasting textures, heard most specifically in frontman Ryan Clark’s deft shifts between harsh and clean vocals. He alternately caresses and pummels the listener on “One Last Song,” “Beyond Me,” and “Gasoline” as Patrick Judge and Jeremiah Scott lay down bracing guitar firepower behind him. Strong melodic content and feverish energy make “Artificial Light” a standout, while “In Time” churns on with particular ferocity. If the album leans toward musical nuance, its lyrics are more uncompromising than ever. “Cross to Bear” (a tirade against false comparisons with Christ’s suffering) and “I Will Fail You” (acknowledging the fallen nature of Man) exalt God even as they condemn a sinful world.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After 14 years, the Christian metalcore unit Demon Hunter shouldn’t have to prove their heaviness to anyone. That said, Extremist dials back some of the nonstop intensity that characterized the quintet’s work in recent years. That doesn’t mean the band has gone soft and fuzzy, however—there’s plenty of unalloyed aggression in the service of the Spirit here. What’s different this time is a greater emphasis on contrasting textures, heard most specifically in frontman Ryan Clark’s deft shifts between harsh and clean vocals. He alternately caresses and pummels the listener on “One Last Song,” “Beyond Me,” and “Gasoline” as Patrick Judge and Jeremiah Scott lay down bracing guitar firepower behind him. Strong melodic content and feverish energy make “Artificial Light” a standout, while “In Time” churns on with particular ferocity. If the album leans toward musical nuance, its lyrics are more uncompromising than ever. “Cross to Bear” (a tirade against false comparisons with Christ’s suffering) and “I Will Fail You” (acknowledging the fallen nature of Man) exalt God even as they condemn a sinful world.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

469 Ratings

469 Ratings

Amazing!

BOEDADDY

These guys never disappoint, and the single "Artificial Light" is making this album sound very promising. Can't wait for the rest to be released!

Yes !!!!

Joshyomy

Awesome song awesome band where is the deluxe version though?!

Never disappoints

Infinitus Mortus

Still gotta c the rest of the disk but they have an identity they stick with and yet you never get tired of it because they are perfect at what they do. New song is exactly what I expected and hoped would continue the trend of great hunter CDs

About Demon Hunter

Sgt. Serpent, Chuck Knuckles, Utah Biggs, Arm, and John Gredal comprise the heavy, aggressive metal sounds of Seattle's Demon Hunter. They hooked up with Aaron Sprinkle (MxPx, Dolour, Poor Old Lu) for their Solid State self-titled debut, which appeared in fall 2002. Their individual identities were later revealed as brothers (and ex-Training for Utopia members) vocalist Ryan Clark and guitarist Don Clark, drummer Jesse Sprinkle (ex-Poor Old Lu), bassist Joe Dunn, and guitarist Kris McCaddon (ex-Embodyment).

Summer of Darkness was issued in mid-2004, after which a couple membership changes occurred. Sprinkle left to join Dead Poetic and was replaced by Timothy "Yogi" Watts (ex-Lonely Hearts), and McCaddon exited to be replaced by Ethan Luck (formerly of the O.C. Supertones). Triptych followed in 2005. Demon Hunter's fourth album, Storm the Gates of Hell, marked their debut on the mainstream U.S. album chart in late 2007. The concert albums 45 Days and Live in Nashville arrived in 2008 and 2009, respectively, followed in 2010 by the all-new studio recording The World Is a Thorn.

The group's sixth full-length outing, True Defiance, arrived in 2012, and proved to be their most successful outing to date, reaching number 36 on the Billboard 200 and number two on the Top Christian Albums chart. Arriving in 2014, Extremist was another strong entry into their discography, debuting at number 16 on the Billboard 200. In 2017 Demon Hunter issued the PledgeMusic-funded Outlive, their much anticipated eighth studio album. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

  • ORIGIN
    Seattle, WA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2000

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