Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter


3.5
great

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
December 11th, 2005 | 62 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


The self-titled first album released by the heavy metal Christian band Demon Hunter in 2002, proves to be the first step on a long ladder for the band. Demon Hunterís self-titled is a concept album about the events before and after September 11th in the Middle Ages time frame, at least thatís how I have come to perceive it. Although the story was a step up from Demon Hunterís later releases, Summer Of Darkness and The Triptych, the music is very straight foreword ad contains little variety, but still has itís standouts. The band itself, though, was still original then as they are now, mixing just the right amount of chaos with the right amount of melody.

The vocalist, Ryan Clark, uses a unique style of rap growling mixed with black metal shrieks and his clean voice later becomes a trademark for the bandís originality. Ryanís growls are a tad cleaner on this album, sounding less strained then they do in Summer Of Darkness, but his clean voice sounds less mature compared to The Triptych, leaving Ryan Clark in a pickle with Demon Hunterís first and and latest releases. The guitarists, both names unknown when this album was released (although one is Ryan Clarkís brother), are both raw talent that deliver auraís of fast riffs and soothing melodies. With each Demon Hunter album, the guitarists manage to create a different and unique atmosphere that overall defines Demon Hunterís sound.

The bassist, name also unknown, shows raw talent on this album. Although sometimes he is hard to hear (like most bassist), ha manages to keep all the songs flowing without ever sounding absent or overriding the music. The drummer is nothing of special talent compared to the rest of the band, using mostly acoustic drumming on each song. However, the twist he does by using trash cans and oil drums as drums at the beginning of Infected shows that he is still creative and willing to work with anything heís got to produce a unique sound. Overall, Demon Hunterís self-titled keeps a substantial flow and creates a unique atmosphere that is original to Demon Hunter.

Screams Of The Undead kicks off the album with some quick tweaks and twirls before blasting into a heavy drumline and with fast guitar riffs and samples of cries and shrieks by Ďthe undeadí. Like most songs on the album, this track is very thrash influenced, yet Ryan still uses his higher pitched clean vocals in the songs chorus. The next track, I Have Seen Where It Grows is similar to that of Screams Of The Undead except without the thrashy tone of the guitars. Overall, itís similar to the first track, and has the same flow, except the chorus is slightly more catchier. Infected is the first real highlight of the album, beginning with a drum line played on oil drums and trash cans (only in the studio for the effect), before bursting into an aura of riffs followed by Ryanís rapping growls. The chorus on this song is what makes the song, being both very catchy and keeps an even flow with the song. Definitely one of the highlights on the album.

My Throat Is An Open Grave is another highlight on the album, and is also one of the two softer tracks. With both a cello and a violin heard on this track, the song creates itís own wave of significance that specifies it from the rest of the album. Also, My Throat Is An Open Grave contains some of the most sorrowful yet amazing lyrics probably in all of Christian music, regardless how lame the song title makes it appear to be. Through The Black follows My Throat Is An Open Grave with a slow and haunting noise before bursting into one of faster tracks on the album. The song flows well, but doesnít stand out as much as I Have Seen Where It Grows and Infected. Turn Your Back And Run follows a similar patter to that of Through The Black, but has a much more catchier chorus. The song has somewhat of a more mono sound then the other tracks, yet still manages to stand out above some of the others.

And The Sky Went Red and As We Wept both bleed together as one track, And The Sky Went Red being a 29 second filler with the sounds of horses and burning buildings. As We Wept is another heavy track like Through The Black and Turn Your Back And Run, the only difference is the quick blink-and-you-will-miss-it melodic breakdowns in the riffs. A Broken Upper Hand is probably the most insignificant track on the album, with poor flow and lack of a catchy melody, the only highlights to the song are the drum solos and the melodic moment nearing the end where Ryan uses his beautiful clean voice. Finally, The Gauntlet, the second melodic track on the album, ends the album with much to think about. Although not as good as My Throat Is An Open Grave, The Gauntlet holds strong on the album, and at 6 minutes and 54 seconds, making it the longest track by Demon Hunter. Overall, Demon Hunterís self-titled album is a solid debut, and if listened to before their third release, The Triptych, any listener can tell the progression they have made as a band.

Pros
+ Excellent story line
+ The music creates a unique atmosphere that makes the album easy to listen too
+ Ryan Clark is an astounding vocalist
+ Demon Hunter creates beautiful melodic tracks that make their albums so different from others
Cons
-- Too short of an album (38 minutes 38 seconds)
-- Ryanís growls can get rather annoying to those whom dislike his rap growl style
-- The unnecessary use of filler

Track Listing
1. Screams Of The Undead (3.5/5)
2. I Have Seen Where It Grows (3.5/5)
3. Infected (4.5/5)
4. My Throat Is An Open Grave (5/5)
5. Through The Black (3/5)
6. Turn Your Back And Run (4/5)
7. And The Sky Went Red (1/5)
8. As We Wept (3.5/5)
9. A Broken Upper Hand (3/5)
10. The Gauntlet (4.5/5)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Aakon_Keetreh
December 11th 2005


448 Comments


i could never get into Christian bands

Shadows
Moderator
December 11th 2005


2530 Comments


I couldn't either. That's not to say that Christians can't make good music, but I have yet to see that happen. This is the only album from Demon Hunter that I actually know, but I really don't like it.

Anyway, very good review.

Cravinov13
December 11th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They really are not that Christian. There is no Christainity in their lyrics, nor do

their performances promote Christianity (from what I've seen and heard).This Message Edited On 12.11.05

Cravinov13
December 11th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You know Shadows_Fallen? Your rating is uncalled for, to deny a band because of tehir religion is sad.

Kingofdudes
December 11th 2005


294 Comments


You know Shadows_Fallen? Your rating is uncalled for, to deny a band because of tehir religion is sad.



That's not to say that Christians can't make good music

...This Message Edited On 12.11.05

Storm In A Teacup
December 11th 2005


22079 Comments


So I've noticed. :-/

Cravinov13
December 12th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pwn.

Wave.Existance.Tears
December 12th 2005


72 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol.



Yeah, I guess that Cravinov should read these things before he replies...but he's not the only one guilty of that :P I've seen it elsewhere.



I think that it was a half-decent start, but just that due to a lack of variety. Demon Hunter has definately matured as a band since then.



P.S.-HEY ADAM!

Cravinov13
December 12th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stick to the topic people, I don't want any special Sputnik relations going on in one

of my reviews.



Actually, that's pretty funny.This Message Edited On 12.12.05

Shadows
Moderator
December 12th 2005


2530 Comments


[QUOTE=Cravinov]You know Shadows_Fallen? Your rating is uncalled for, to deny a band because of tehir religion is sad.[/QUOTE]
Read what I said. Their religion isn't the deciding factor in how I judge the music. I've heard the album and I dislike it.

Cravinov13
December 12th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I get taht now. Sry about the sudden outburst, but seriously, why does it deserve a 1.5? I find that rather unjustified.

Shadows
Moderator
December 12th 2005


2530 Comments


It happens.

I gave it a 1.5 because that's how I feel about the music. I don't particularly like it at all. Most of it is rather simplistic and a little redundant, but it does have some strong points like catchiness and originality.

Cravinov13
December 12th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well... I guess that works.

Shadows
Moderator
December 12th 2005


2530 Comments


If I liked it I'd rate it higher. I'm not rating it low just to spite you or anything, so don't take offense.

Cravinov13
December 12th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

None taken, I just like to know the whole story on something. SOunds kinda odd considering I act without takeing note of things sometimes.

I'm Charming
December 13th 2005


332 Comments


lol... Shadows you shouldn't even justify your rating to this clown. He's repeatedly said on here, nu metal is better then CoB.

Anyone who says that, has no credibility.

About Demon Hunter

I haven't heard this album, but I have and like Summer of Darkness from Demon Hunter.

Cravinov13
December 13th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^ Anyone who thinks I've said that should choke on the words that they mutter in the bushes.



Hypocrisy, old In Flames, Mnemic, Chimaira, Sepultra, Soilent Green, and November's Doom all deserve waaaaaaaaaay more credit then COB will ever deserve.

I'm Charming
December 15th 2005


332 Comments


You sir, are 100% wrong.
Hypocrisy is lame. Chimaira is nu metal. Lets be very clear on those.

The old In Flames is great but nothing near CoB.

The other's are also no where near CoB.

Only bands that come near CoB are DragonForce and Arch Enemy.

Shut up and listen to your limp biskit record... K?

Shadows
Moderator
December 15th 2005


2530 Comments


[QUOTE=Cravinov]Hypocrisy, old In Flames, Mnemic, Chimaira, Sepultra, Soilent Green, and November's Doom all deserve waaaaaaaaaay more credit then COB will ever deserve.[/QUOTE]
How you can you compare seven of the most generic and unoriginal bands to CoB, the originators of the Finnish power metal sound?

I'm Charming
December 15th 2005


332 Comments


The voice of reason sets in on our Nu-metal fanboy!

Thank you, Shadows.

By the way I was just listening to some emperor and it's good stuff. This Message Edited On 12.15.05



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