Demon Hunter
The World Is a Thorn


2.0
poor

Review

by Kyle Ward EMERITUS
March 6th, 2010 | 308 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


To say that Demon Hunter’s sound has matured since the likes of Storm The Gates Of Hell and The Triptych would be a pretty accurate statement. Their sound is more streamlined, refined, and just comes off as a much smoother and more thoughtful approach which didn’t sort of dive in head first. However, maturity in songwriting does not always mean improvement in songwriting. On The World Is A Thorn, Demon Hunter continue to use their core sound as a crutch, despite noticeable re-working of other aspects of their musical display. No matter how melodic the riffs get, no matter how catchy the choruses are, no matter how many Swedish vocalists they “feature”, the music remains immensely boring, uncreative, and lethargic. So, despite the fresh coat of paint hastily sprayed on The World Is A Thorn, the underlying layer continues to bleed right through.

From the annoyingly and purposefully catchy “Collapsing” (which features Bjorn Strid of Soilwork fame) to the poor pseudo-growls of Ryan Clark, the album just screams mediocrity. As the band’s self-proclaimed “heaviest but most melodic” album to date, one would expect a slew of interesting and memorable melodies amidst the heavy back-end of down-tuned chords to create a really swift bite that will work its way in when needed. Instead, the chords remain floating in oblivion, randomly entering and exiting as the catchy and melodic leads steal the show away with their similar-sounding and, in time, tiresome dominance of simple harmonies and boring solos. Redeemed partially by Clark’s clean vocals which are both impressively emotional and on-key, the display on songs like the ballad “Driving Nails” is both a saving grace to the album, but also a bridge into the radio-friendly world which, in the case of “Driving Nails” or the closer "Blood In The Tears", is something which really doesn’t bother me.

It’s a shame, though, because Clark’s growls are so laughably bad that they eradicate nearly every redeeming quality which his singing brings forth. Throaty, inexcusably underpowered and often immensely irritating, they detract from any good qualities the album contains and instead makes you wish that the heavier songs would be drastically shorter. Couple them with throw-away riffs like the ones contained in the title track “The World Is A Thorn” and you have the making of pretty much all of the filler on the album. Amidst the bass which does absolutely, positively nothing and the drumming which never manages to catch your attention, the only hope the album has is the promise of the next interesting hook or cleanly-sung chorus. It leaves the album with precious few notable moments and a plethora of bland, forgettable material.

When you have guest vocalists who far and away surpass the talent of your own vocalist (see ex-Scar Symmetry vocalist Christian Alvestam on “Just Breathe”, whose growls are quite possibly the heaviest thing on the album, which gives you a feel of just how lackluster the album is), there should be a light going off somewhere saying that maybe there needs to be some improvement. Nonetheless, Demon Hunter press forth with The World Is A Thorn, the most forgettable album of their career, and quite possibly the point which will make the precious few who still have hope for Demon Hunter just give up entirely. This is one of those albums which you will barely remember immediately after you listen to it, and it is certainly an album which will simply be buried and forgotten given a few months.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Crysis
Emeritus
March 6th 2010


17272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Bored tonight so I felt like writing a review for this.

Digging: Kauan - Kaiho

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2010


32190 Comments


From what i've heard so far off the stream i'm in complete agreement with you. Really sounds like the band has lost all focus

bloc
March 6th 2010


43421 Comments


Lol, what focus? This bands has always been crap.

Digging: Venenum - Trance of Death

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2010


32190 Comments


Quiet you, some of their albums were quite good

Athom
Emeritus
March 6th 2010


17241 Comments


none of their albums were any good.
fixed

Emim
March 6th 2010


27542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

impressive clean vocals which are both impressively emotional and on-key




A bit redundant, but good review otherwise. Still haven't had a chance to check this out.

Crysis
Emeritus
March 6th 2010


17272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah I agree Emim, fixing now. Thanks for pointing that out.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2010


32190 Comments


Haters

Emim
March 6th 2010


27542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Crysis: No problem.



@Dev: I still dig Demon Hunter. They are pretty generic though.

ThyCrossAwaits
March 6th 2010


3322 Comments


what's with their new penchant for Swedish death metallers for guest vox?

Crysis
Emeritus
March 6th 2010


17272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's funny because they didn't even choose any good ones...

Wizard
March 6th 2010


20111 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Bored tonight so I felt like writing a review for this.



I will never give these guys the time of day again, even if my life depended on it. Excellent review. Need to warn you though, prepare to be neg'ed by faggots who love these guys.



Christians could write metal to save their lives (unless your Living Sacrifice).

Emim
March 6th 2010


27542 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There's plenty more than just Living Sacrifice.

Spec
March 6th 2010


34751 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I hate the keys. This album kind of sounds like thousand foot krutch, especially collapsing. Not impressed so far but haven't listened enough to rate it yet.

Wizard
March 6th 2010


20111 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

There's plenty more than just Living Sacrifice.



Name them please so I can laugh.

Crysis
Emeritus
March 6th 2010


17272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Need to warn you though, prepare to be neg'ed by faggots who love these guys.


Eeeh we'll see.

Ponton
Emeritus
March 6th 2010


6117 Comments


Nicely done, Crysis. I did not expect you to review this. I'm interested in reading Waior's take eventually, though I'm guessing he will agree with you.

Digging: Ian William Craig - Centres

Crysis
Emeritus
March 6th 2010


17272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks. Yeah I wasn't really planning on reviewing it either but I needed to get my opinion out.

Wizard
March 6th 2010


20111 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Don't these guys play the whole "We Love God" thing up too much?

wyankeif1337
March 6th 2010


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Does it matter? Last time I checked, music was something meant to express the musician's thoughts and creativity. I didn't know that it mattered what the lyrics were about.

I also didn't know that only faggots enjoyed this stuff. So I'm sorry if my faggotry annoys the trve metalheads here.

And for other talented Christian bands? Yeah, I know a lot are really generic, especially on Solid State, but there actually are some good ones. Try Becoming the Archetype, Mortal Treason, Antestor, A Thousand Times Repent, etc.



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