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Album Review

The World Is a Thorn is the sound of Jesus leading his flock down a musical path that was built upon the foundations of hedonism and power (as well as a general fondness for the occult) and staging a coup. Rebellion can go both ways, and Seattle’s Demon Hunter is as embarrassed as anyone about Christian rock’s well-earned reputation for conjuring up lifeless, cookie-cutter slabs of faith-based treacle that carry the weight of a fortune cookie prediction. The band’s fifth full-length offering is both composed and volatile. It’s a carefully plotted collection of staccato, melodic aggro-hymns that owe as much to early-'90s grunge as they do modern, 21st century metalcore, with lyrics that dabble in the same Lord of the Rings-inspired, violent cliches as their secular neighbors (“I see the weight of hollow death residing in you/Take now your final breath”), but with an outcome that always yields to redemption over damnation. Metal purists needn’t be wary of cranking this one up with the windows down, as the performances are as brutal as many of the group’s death/power/thrash/screamo metal peers, and as true to the genre’s defiant nature as its nihilistic creators intended it to be. [A deluxe edition was released with two bonus tracks, as well as a bonus DVD of live material.]

Customer Reviews


WOW if you have'nt bought all there albums please for the love of all that is HOLY buy them please support this band oh and yes this album is amazing

The acoustics are amazing !!

You should buy them acoustic versions in this album. It's really amazing.

This was a letdown at first...

…but after a few listens, this was a great album! I was hoping for another album in the veins of “The Triptych” or “Storm the Gates of Hell”. But when I got used to their new sound, I began liking it more than before! The acoustic bonus tracks are amazing as well!


Formed: 2000 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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)....
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