Demon Hunter
The Triptych


4.5
superb

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
November 12th, 2005 | 109 replies | 21,843 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


8 of 8 thought this review was well written

The Triptych, Demon Hunter’s third album released on Solid State Records, is proof that Demon Hunter is an evolving band. With more defined music, more powerful lyrics, and stronger vocals, Demon Hunter has yet to remain ‘just another one of your average heavy metal bands’, forever enhancing their sound until one day they may very well be remembered as one of the best Christian based bands created.

Being a combination of both “Summer Of Darkness” and their self-titled, The Triptych also has a more melodic element to it that the other albums seemed to lack. On top of its instant succession over the other Demon Hunter albums, The Triptych also made #1 on the Heatseekers chart and sold more copies in one week then “Summer Of Darkness” did in a month. Look out metal heads, Demon Hunter has come to claim their spot with some of the greatest modern metal bands to date. Here are my track reviews:

"The Flame That Guides Us Home", a 29 sec. intro the album, has a female singing a very Nightwish opera-like tune 'Sing now serif, find the calm within your soul/ Bring us closer to the flame that guides us home'. A very good intro, in which near the end, you can hear the beginning of “Not I” slowly rise in the background. (N/A)

“Not I”, the first actual track on the album, begins with a very fast guitar riff and Ryan Clark with his Slipknot-like style of growling. Ryan then goes into his clean vocals and then the chorus. After about 3 minutes into the song, the riffs change to a much heavier tone, and a sample from the previous track plays before Ryan comes back in with his growls. Overall, this is definitely the one of the two best heavy songs on this album. The chorus shows a lot of range from Ryan Clark and he keeps up with the speed and ferocity of the song. (5/5)

"Undying", the other rememberable heavy song on the album, starts off with a smooth drumline and then bursts into a very catchy riff. Ryan’s growls don’t really stand out on this song, but his clean vocals in the chorus make the song. The lyrics to this song is some of the best on the album. The song also has a very good flow to it, which was the one thing that “Not I”, the previous track, did not have throughout the entire song. (5/5)

“Relentless Intolerance” begins with some very strong riffs and drum beats as Ryan Clark does his usual growls like the previous tracks. Although this song has a good flow, it by far not the best song on the album, the chorus is rather weak unlike most of the other tracks. The lyrics, however, are really good. (3.5/5)

“Deteriorate”, the first acoustic on this CD, begins with a very slow guitar picking tune, similar to “My Heartstrings Come Undone” from ‘Summer Of Darkness’. The song then picks up a bit and Ryan starts with his clean singing, which he amazes with throughout the song. The lyrics on this song is some of the best you’ll ever find in Christian music. Definitely Demon Hunter’s best performance on the album as a whole. (5/5)

“The Soldier’s Song”, probably the most heaviest track on the album, begins with very fast riffs and drum work. Ryan Clark doesn’t use his clean vocals much on this song, but he makes it flow very well. A tribute to the men at war, this song stands out among the other tracks, but musically is not the best song on the album. It ends with sound of marching men going to war. (4/5)

“Fire To My Soul” starts with a steady drum beat and some weird static noise before bursting into some crushing guitar riffs. This song is a lot like “Relentless Intolerance”, with a very similar flow to it. The chorus isn’t that strong in this song either, making it one of the mediocre tracks on the album. (3/5)

“One Thousand Apologies” quickly blasts into an aura of riffs and a steady drumline, only to show it to being one of the acoustics on this album. Although not quite as strong as “Deteriorate”, this is still one of the best songs on this CD. Near the end, Ryan Clark comes back with his normal growls, but for only about 20 seconds. Again, the lyrics to this track are amazing. (5/5)

“The Science Of Lies” starts off with a slow rising sound of static until a burst of riffs take over the sound. Another really heavy track. Overall, it is a good, decent track. This song is probably the album’s weakest as far as lyrics go. Ryan Clark does a really impressive job on this song though. (4/5)

“Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck”, a remake that Demon Hunter made (originally done by the band Prong). This song is the only track in which Ryan Clark does not use his clean voice, but the band makes it up by creating a very catchy riff and tune of the song. A really good remake overall. (4.5/5)

“Ribcage”, the last heavy track on the album, starts off with a loud noise and then a blast of guitar riffs. Ryan’s vocals on the chorus are really impressive with this track, but his growls are a tad off on the song as a whole. Nothing much else to say about this one. (3.5/5)

“The Tide Began To Rise” begins with a beautiful piano solo and violins. Ryan then comes in with his clean voice making this the 3rd ballad on the album. Musically, this track rocks (except for one part when there is this weird ambient noise in the background), in the first part of the song, Ryan’s vocals are really good and fits the atmosphere well. The second part of the song could of used a bit more work, disrupting the flow of the song a bit. Still a great closer for this near classic album. (4/5)

Pros
-- Ryan’s vocals
-- The lyrics
-- The guitarists and drummer are awesome
-- The piano solo
Cons
-- Some repetitiveness in some songs
-- Not every track flowed very well



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Priestmetal
November 12th 2005



542 Comments


How Christian are they?

ocelot-05
November 12th 2005



807 Comments


Nice to have you back, Cravinov13. This was a well written review.

Shadows
Moderator
November 13th 2005



2530 Comments


Why did they hide their names at first?

Cravinov13
November 13th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[QUOTE=Priestmetal]How Christian are they?[/QUOTE]

Aside from the fact they thank Jesus Christ in their Thank You notes, and from what
I heard, performing at several Churchs, they are not that Christian. They don't let
religion get involved with their lyrics, if that's what your asking.

[QUOTE=ShadowsFallen]Why did they hide their names at first?[/QUOTE]

I think it was for the same reasons that Mudvayne did, they didn't think that they
would really enjoy a lot of publicity. They still don't now, cause it's nearly
impossible to find good information on them.This Message Edited On 11.13.05

TemperamentalGoat
December 7th 2005



87 Comments


This was informative. I liked Summer of Darkness and this album equally. They could definitely use a lot more variation though. If they release a third album sounding like this, I will not be interested. As of now this is great melodic music that I can introduce to many people.

Cravinov13
December 7th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Their first album was pretty diffrent then SOD an The Tryptych. A Lot heavier, and this album is a lot softer then their normal stuff.

encmetalhead
December 10th 2005



744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Demon hunter is awesome and this cd is awesome

Cravinov13
December 26th 2005



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ummm... yeah... of course, anyone who owns the CD should know about that.

canadapantsman
January 16th 2006



236 Comments


Replace Demon Hunter with As I Lay Dying and you have my opinion of the best... then again I've only heard their first album all the way through. Very much like a christian Slipknot in my opinion, though these albums, from what I have heard, are better.

Cravinov13
January 16th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As I Lay Dying would be better if the vocalist could not sound like a whining emo with his clean vocals.

Apathy
January 17th 2006



645 Comments


123

Hunter555
January 21st 2006



424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And what the **** is 123?
Demon Hunter Kicks ***!
This Message Edited On 01.21.06

wally5790
January 21st 2006



4 Comments


i saw demon hunter at mcdonalds once............

canadapantsman
January 22nd 2006



236 Comments


As I Lay Dying would be better if the vocalist could not sound like a whining emo with his clean vocals.

thats actually the bassist...

Mirror.Circuit
February 5th 2006



223 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review.
definitely their best album.
this album reminds a little bit of waking the fallen with less hardcore influence.
metal on a grand scale.

Stevo-thedemonhunter
February 5th 2006



1 Comments


I gave it a 5. This is by far the best album from my favorite band. The only disagreements I had with the review were that "Fire to my Soul" and "Ribcage" are 2 of the best songs on this CD. Ryan Clark is the best vocalist I've heard-I haven't heard anyone who can scream/growl AND sing so well.
[QUOTE=Cravinov13]Aside from the fact they thank Jesus Christ in their Thank You notes, and from what
I heard, performing at several Churchs, they are not that Christian. They don't let
religion get involved with their lyrics, if that's what your asking.[/QUOTE]
Holy cow you could not be more wrong. The lyrics to "Undying" are about eternal life, "Not I" and "Relentless Intolerance" are about not conforming to the sin of the world, and "Deteriorate" is about getting old and wanting to get a new body in heaven.
Go to Thethirdwar.com and you'll find these and more song meanings. Also go to the official forums, search for "song meanings", and you'll find almost every Demon Hunter song has a Christian message.


Cravinov13
February 5th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That comment was made before I knew any of that. I'm not one who really cares about a song's secret message, if teh lyrics are written well, the song is sung well, and the music sounds good, I like it.

Hunter555
February 12th 2006



424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ditto to stevo

I've been arguing with a bunch of goody-goody bastards in my church about demon hunter being christian. One kid thinks that Ryan Clark is possesed because of "Beheaded"
Relentless Intolerance Kicks a$$.


Cravinov13
February 12th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Does anyone here notice that Ryan Clark looks like the guy who founded Satanisicm.

ninjuice
February 21st 2006



6761 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely their best yet. A must have for anyone who likes metal
[QUOTE=Hunter555]Ditto to stevo[/QUOTE]


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