Demon Hunter
The Triptych


4.5
superb

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (48 Reviews)
July 31st, 2008 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metalcore with melodic elements that will make you cry while you headbang.

This is one of the best albums I have ever heard, and one of my first. Demon Hunter’s personal best and metalcore that doesn’t suck, The Triptych is a force to be reckoned with.

Opening with The Flame That Guides Us Home, a short choral track that abruptly vanishes into Not I, a brutal song that may be Demon Hunter’s best. The guitars are like dropping a chunk of downtuned bass into a blender and hitting the Annihilate button. The vocals are thick and vicious, and the chorus is only semi-melodic, with creepy droning moans about nonconformity. Not I is a ferocious introduction to Demon Hunter post-Summer of Darkness, and they’re aiming to improve.

Undying is the first single and follows more faithfully to the melody portion, with a sung almost churchy chorus about eternal life. The rest of the song is a hardcore tribute to refusing to die with hulking growls. The breakdown is actually very good (and long). Surprising, since metalcore breakdowns are notoriously awful.

Relentless Intolerance is a great song. The chorus tosses back and forth from the screams and singings of vocalist Ryan Clark. The verses actually seem to “spiral down” into the chorus, like drowning a demon in holy water and having it emerge as an angel, but have its bestial side still churn within.



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Tyler
Emeritus
July 31st 2008


7925 Comments


Are we going to see a trend of you releasing 5/5 reviews for anything Christian and remotely heavy?

jrowa001
July 31st 2008


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hope not. this album is terrible

IAmInsect
July 31st 2008


3800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you actually described this album better than the BTA one and this is a tbt. this isn't a 5 though; the only thing that sets DH apart from generic metalcore is ryan's awesome vocals.

BallsToTheWall
July 31st 2008


49664 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album has some cool tracks but certaintly no more than a 3- 3.5. The Tide Began To Rise is spectacular however.

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Hawks
July 31st 2008


71610 Comments


Never heard this album, but this band is horrible. Heard one of their albums. I forget which one. And I think two reviews in one day is good enough.

Digging: Cave In - Final Transmission

ninjuice
July 31st 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ What Balls said. I would have given this a 5 back when I adored the band and thought they were unique, but like Rizzo said Ryan's vocals (and the fact + how well DH does ballads) are the only things that set them apart.

The album isn't groundbreaking, unique, timeless or even perfect. Not even close to a 5.

Masochist
July 31st 2008


8866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Demon Hunter is one of my favorite bands, hands down. But as much as I like them, I can't say that this album is a perfect 5. There are definitely some classic songs on here ("Undying," for some reason, stands out as my favorite), but it's not enough to put it in the upper echelons of music. I think this is DH's best album though, even though it's not my personal favorite.



One more thing: correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm almost certain "Undying" is a song about those who will be spared from the rapture...This Message Edited On 07.31.08

ninjuice
July 31st 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ Nah, Undying is about eternal life. Listen to the chorus.

Masochist
July 31st 2008


8866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was thinking about the bridge:



"We are the ones who will still remain when all is laid to waste; we are the ones who, when angels cry, will see them face to face"



Well...I suppose they're the same thing, aren't they? Those who will be spared from the rapture are the ones who will have everlasting life, right?This Message Edited On 07.31.08

Burn2Burn
July 31st 2008


2374 Comments


Summer of Darkness and S/t shit all over this. This CD brings the zzz's big time. The only song that stands out to me is Not I, because it truly is fucking kickass.

ninjuice
July 31st 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Summer of Darkness is crammed with filler and this is still better than the S/T actually.

beans
July 31st 2008


2328 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this album is nowhere near a 5, not a good review one bit

Burn2Burn
July 31st 2008


2374 Comments


Nah, this is easily the least inspired of the CD's i've heard from them (still haven't gotten around to StGoH yet). Songs like Deteriorate, Relentless Intolerance and the Fire to My Soul add nothing to this CD and should have never made the cut.

ninjuice
July 31st 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whatever. 7 of the 12 songs on SOD range from weak to filler. I explained why this is their best in my review, so I'll just let whoever cares to read that.

beans
July 31st 2008


2328 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

undying and not i are the only good songs on this album, i haven't heard anything else from these guys with the exception of the one video they have from their new album and it was shitty

ThyCrossAwaits
July 31st 2008


3443 Comments


hey, don't judge if u haven't f***king heard anything

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ThyCrossAwaits
July 31st 2008


3443 Comments


like ur pic tho

Hawks
July 31st 2008


71610 Comments


He means he hasn't heard anything other than this album. I'm pretty sure he wouldnt have rated it if he never heard it. I'm just going to assume this sucks because its Demon Hunter.This Message Edited On 07.31.08

beans
July 31st 2008


2328 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i have this album mang, its mediocre at freakin best, i only actually remember two songs being good.

i haven't heard storming the gates of hell at all except for that video they had a while back, and it was bad

i wouldnt rate the album if i haven't heard it

Hawks
July 31st 2008


71610 Comments


Yeah dont get Stoming the Gates of Hell. Thats the album I have and its horrible.



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