Demon Hunter
Summer of Darkness


4.0
excellent

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
October 25th, 2005 | 79 replies | 26,292 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


6 of 7 thought this review was well written

It makes me sad to know just how little recognition these guys get in the world of heavy metal. I first discovered this band when I heard “My Heartstrings Come Undone" on the “Resident Evil: Apocalypse" soundtrack. When I first picked up this CD, I was a little skeptic, but after listening to it I discovered it was well worth my money. Here are the track reviews:

“Not Ready To Die" is a perfect track to start off this CD. The song starts with some fast paced beats followed soon after by a crushing guitar riff. Ryan Clark then steps in with a very Slipknot-like growl, but with a more presentable force. When the chorus kicks in, Ryan Clark proves first hand that he is definitely one of the best clean vocalists in Christian Black Metal. The lyrics are also a peace of work in itself. One of the best songs on this CD. (5/5)

“The Awakening" immediately bursts into a beautiful chorus with spontanious riffs throughout the song. Although the layout of the song flows a little off, overall it is a good track, but still no where near the best on the CD. (3.5/5)

“Beheaded" is one of the heavier tracks, with no clean vocals. Overall it is a good track, however, the chorus gets a little repetitive at times. The beginning riffs are very impressive and drum work is really good on this track. (3/5)

“My Heartstrings Come Undone" is the only real acoustic track on this album, but it is a good one. Starting off with a steady guitar tone, it quickly goes into a moderately soft guitar riff and drum beat. Ryan Clark’s clean vocals fit perfectly with the druggy atmosphere this song gives. Another highlight track on this CD. (4.5/5)

“Our Faces Fall Apart" starts off with a slow but steady beeping sound as a guitar riff sounds in the background, and then bursts into a blast of quick riffs as Ryan Clark delivers some Slipknot-style vocals. Ryan Clark also proves on this track just how devastating his growls can be. His clean vocals are also good on this track, juts not as strong as some other tracks. (4/5)

“Less Than Nothing" begins with strong, almost electronic riffs that quickly ascend into one of the best songs on this album. Although some of Ryan’s growls are a bit muffled in this track, he makes up for it in the chorus. If this track were a bit longer, it would prove to be the best track on the album next to “I Play Dead". (4/5)

“Summer Of Darkness", the album titled track, starts off with silence, and then a deep voice in the background growling haunting words, and then bursts into a powerful guitar riff. There is not much to say about this track other then it’s good chorus. (3.5/5)

“Beauty Through The Eyes Of A Predator" starts off silent, but then Ryan Clark comes in screaming ‘I’m not the only one who can’t see why it crossed your mind!’ and the riffs kick in. This song takes a minute or two to really pick up, but ends up being one of the better tracks on the album. (3.5/5)

“Annihilate The Corrupt" has a very strong beginning riff that is followed closely by a scathing drum line. Although Ryan’s voice is a little muffled in this song as well, again, he makes up with the chorus, going at a slightly higher octave with his clean vocals then usual. (4/5)

“I Play Dead" is by far the best track on this entire album, and that says a lot. Starting off with some short riffs and beats, Ryan Clark comes in with his beautiful clean vocal style as he sings some of the best lyrics ever written. He then jumps into his growls as he goes into screaming about his angst and pain. The chorus is a peace of work in itself, when Ryan screams ‘I won’t leave without a trace, I won’t be erased’, he touches something personal deep within me that I alone would know about. This song is by far probably the best heavy metal song ever written and played, but then again I guess that’s just my opinion. (10/5)

“Everything Was White" is very similar to “Our Faces Fall Apart" and “Less Than Nothing" balled up together. Although not a standout track, this song has a very good drum line and some of it’s riffs are really impressive, but Ryan Clark sadly doesn’t use his full potential in this song. (3/4)

“Coffin Builder" is an almost pure death metal track, very similar to “Beheaded", although much more musically in tuned with environment that they are trying to create with the lyrics and vocals. Good song, but not a stand out track. (3.5/5)

“The Latest And The Last" ends this album on a very good note. Although this track is good, it is not aligned as well the other tracks. Ryan’s vocals are a lot better on this track then on “Everything Was White", but this track lacks a lot of the intensity and emotion that Demon Hunter usually has, especially on this album. (3/5)

And thus is my second review on my second favorite album. Album overall rating (4.5/5)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Jawaharal
October 25th 2005



1832 Comments


Aren't these guys a chrisitan black metal band?

Atticus 69320
October 25th 2005



49 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Whoever rated this classic, please think about what classic means.

Metallica's Master of Puppets was a classic.

System of a Down's Toxicity was a classic.

Is this a classic?

No, I listened to this crap on purevolume, I'd barely call it any of that.

Jawaharal
October 25th 2005



1832 Comments


Master Of Puppets and Toxicit suck though.

harvester_of_sorrows
October 25th 2005



27 Comments


Master Of Puppets and Toxicit suck though

fuck you!!!

Toaster
October 25th 2005



343 Comments


[quote=cheeto-t]Master Of Puppets and Toxicit suck though.[/quote] Ah, you are so right.

Isn't Christian black metal something of an oxymoron?

Cravinov13
October 25th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh come on Atticus 69320, what is the point of bashing stuff you havn't even heard of? And what's the point of making recommendations on my review, make them on your own review you.

Cravinov13
October 25th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, they are Christian black metal, but it's called White Metal to be specific

Jawaharal
October 25th 2005



1832 Comments


haha, white metal, another thing white folk stole from da black brothers.

Cravinov13
November 12th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wasn't familer with the rating on this site when I reviewed this. Sorry, I corrected it.

I'm Charming
December 13th 2005



332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[QUOTE=toaster135]Isn't Christian black metal something of an oxymoron?[/QUOTE]

You beat me to it. That was my first thought.

Second. Demon Hunter is nothing like black metal. Nothing.
It's hardcore/metalish stuff.

NOT black metal. Who ever thinks this album is black metal needs to learn their genres.

It's a pretty solid album.

Cravinov13
December 13th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too late for that. I'm well aware of my genres, thank you.

I'm Charming
December 25th 2005



332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You called it "Christian Black Metal" and people corrected you...

Shut up and time-warp yourself from age 12 to about 16....

Cravinov13
December 25th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am 16. And that comment was made when I knew little about music and was aking advice from someone who only thought they wwere 'black metal' from one song.

Apathy
January 17th 2006



645 Comments


[quote=MMG]Shut up and time-warp yourself from age 12 to about 16.... [/quote]
Watch what you say there, buddy.

EngagingDarkness
February 19th 2006



7 Comments


seriously, you people downsize this band because they have "Christain" on it. There more against it then anything they just have that genere so they can involve "God" and other religious lyrics in there music but have you ever seen them for it? im afraid not...
4/5

ninjuice
February 21st 2006



6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great album, but not their best. The guitars don't sound really good and their aren't any really good riffs. Their ST album was better and so is the Triptych.
This Message Edited On 09.23.07

Hunter555
March 20th 2006



424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"My hartstings come undone" and the "Less than Nothing" are my favorite on this album.

Tim Watts is the best christian drummer.
Jesse Sprinkle was(is) the second best.


Hunter555
April 1st 2006



424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Quote:ninjuice


""Quote:
Originally Posted by cheeto-t


Master Of Puppets and Toxicit suck though.



Heck yeah. The worst DH song is better than both those albums put together ""

Keep your bulls*** opinion to yourselfThis Message Edited On 04.01.06This Message Edited On 04.01.06

XxKillingxYouxX
April 1st 2006



8 Comments


Demon Hunter does not suck!

and metallica and System of a down suck donkey balls if I do say so myself!

Cravinov13
April 1st 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I personally think none of them suck, but I do think Metallica and SOAD are overrated. I also think Demon Hunter doesn't get enough credit.



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