Demon Hunter
Extremist


4.5
superb

Review

by Toondude USER (77 Reviews)
March 18th, 2014 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Extremist is a phenomenal asset to Demon Hunter's discography as a whole and is well worth the time and the money.

Demon Hunter is a rare Christian metal band that has succeeded in almost every way, whether or not people enjoy it. Examples include clean production, solidarity in their sound, and also appealing to mainstream audiences. While The World is a Thorn seemed to be the biggest disappointment to their fan base despite critical acclaim from critics, there was one thing that Demon Hunter did right, and that was to polish their nu-metal/heavy metal sound that would at least be in some way enjoyable for many head-bangers and metal-heads for years to come, no matter how they viewed it. True Defiance was also another step up from what they were trying to accomplish, despite its formulaic approach. Both albums where more aimed towards mainstream audiences and in respects the change was for the better. Now we have Extremist, in which the band has stated that this particular release is the one that thy're most proud of, and they should be.

The first song to be released is Artificial Light, and as by the first minute-and-a-half it is plainly obvious that they have been listening to Soilwork, as it’s style in the guitar riffs, drumming, and even the vocal quality has actually very similar ideals. Even so, it’s not really a bad thing that they’ve done this. You have to understand that Soilwork was a major influence beforehand. The World is a Thorn had many songs like Tie This Around Your Neck, Just Breathe and Collapsing (it’s actually kind of funny for that song in particular since Bjorn was a guest singer in it) had obvious signs of Soilwork, as their speed, and guitar riffs had similar qualities. The one thing that differentiates Demon Hunter from Soilwork is that Demon Hunter actually set their own pace and their own uniqueness to their sound. Vocalist Ryan Clark is great as always, always punching his screams and yet never forcing it at the same time. His clean vocals have certainly attained much improvement and are supported strongly thanks to lead guitarist Patrick Judge. Guitar solos are constant throughout the album, as it was in True Defiance and are well-executed. The drums are always on beat, keeping the energy alive and are surely one of the main attributes to this album in particular that keeps the album from losing interest.

The album starts off with Death and much like Storm the Gates of Hell and Crucifix it is a brutal and opulent opening song that covers much of what there is in this album. The intro itself is rather unusual for the band to do, as it’s not typical of them to do as strange sound effect through the first half of the song, similar to that of the opening song, Escape from Thirty Seconds to Mars’ This is War. Other songs like Last One Alive and Hell Not Need Me consist of very powerful verses and catchy choruses that attain much attention, making them fitting ballads. What I’m Not contain industrial metal induced elements, possibly similar to that of the band Device, though not as polished. The slower songs I Will Fail You and Heart of a Graveyard are that of typical Demon Hunter style, though are more powerful and deeper than one might give credit for.

That being said, some may consider Extremist to be the best record that Demon Hunter has put out, and others may say that it’s not. Even so, Extremist isn’t going to win over any new fans, and that’s the biggest issue to this album. It doesn’t exactly move them forward in terms of popularity nor is it necessarily going to have people from around the world screaming “We want Demon Hunter! We want Demon Hunter!” As to what people may think, Extremist is no doubt an extremely strong, solid record. It is going to have many metal-heads having their head-banging no doubt, at least until the next metal record that everyone is going to be shouting about.

Recommended Songs:

Artificial Light
Last One Alive
I Will Fail You
Cross to Bear



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Toondude10
March 18th 2014


15186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Was going to five this, but I decided against it.



And man I was hoping to get this featured. I was like a minute late.



As always criticism is welcome.

emester
March 18th 2014


8271 Comments


I used to listen to these guys all the time in the 8th grade. glad to hear they still put out quality stuff.

oh yeah, pos'd

KjSwantko
March 18th 2014


12082 Comments


Hmm seeing that Soilwork will always have a special place in my heart as a gateway band for me, I may give this a spin. Tossed ya a Pos.

cryptside
March 18th 2014


2406 Comments


"The album starts off with Death as much like Storm the Gates of Hell and Crucifix"
I believe that 'as' should be 'and'.

" Despite as to what people may think,"
You could remove the 'as to' on this one.

Just a few suggestions; it's a good review and I pos'd. I haven't listened to a full album by these guys before, just the one off song here and there. Sounds interesting.

cryptside
March 18th 2014


2406 Comments


Also, that artwork is pretty sick.

SIMBOLIC
March 18th 2014


6733 Comments


yeah artwork is cool. Never checked these guys

Friday13th
March 18th 2014


7623 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol yeah right they really had to dig deep to come up with that artwork.

Toondude10
March 18th 2014


15186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree, better artwork than True Defiance

guitarded_chuck
March 18th 2014


18070 Comments


True Detective

Friday13th
March 18th 2014


7623 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's okay. They probably are one of the best Christian metalcore/nu-metal bands. I remember liking a

few songs by them like Undying and God Forsaken but nothing I'd listen to over and over.

Toondude10
March 18th 2014


15186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Undying is a very good track

EvoHavok
March 18th 2014


8082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice read. Album rules m/.

Elhanan
March 18th 2014


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, man. Good insights for sure.

Toondude10
March 18th 2014


15186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, probably one of my best ones.

SIMBOLIC
March 19th 2014


6733 Comments


"christian metalcore/nu-metal"

not my cup of tea

Toondude10
March 19th 2014


15186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aw well, everyone has their tastes

Mongi123
March 19th 2014


22035 Comments


"Both albums where more aimed towards mainstream audiences and in many cases and respects the change was for the better. Now we have Extremist, in what the band has said to be the album that they’re most proud of, and you know what, they should be proud of it."

I think in the first sentence you should take out the "in many case" or "respects." I kept re reading that one cause I thought there was something wrong with it. I'd also make the second sentence flow a little more by saying: The band has stated that Extremist is the album they're most proud of and they should be. Something along those lines maybe. Just clean up this part a bit.

But the rest is great man!

Toondude10
March 19th 2014


15186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome! Especially considering the fact that I was actually rushing this almost the whole time.



I was in school while I was writing this and I had less than an hour to write it...yeah I'm not doing that again unless I know that I have time.

Mongi123
March 19th 2014


22035 Comments


Yea man you never wanna rush them, I rushed one of mine once and hell, it got scathing results lol.

Toondude10
March 19th 2014


15186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Three Silver Mount Zion review right?



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