Demon Hunter
Extremist


2.5
average

Review

by GrimReaper USER (7 Reviews)
July 19th, 2014 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After releasing their two heaviest (and greatest) albums back-to-back, a more experimental approach like this was bound to happen. Doesn't excuse the poor quality of the album, though.

Demon Hunter is one of the longest-running metalcore bands in the business. Most of the ones out there, if they're lucky, do three or four albums and enjoy moderate success. Then they either fizzle out of the scene or just call it quits for no reason. But Demon Hunter? They've been doing this since 2002. This is their seventh album. That's pretty amazing.

Demon Hunter has always been an up-and-down band. They've had some masterpiece albums (The World Is A Thorn, The Triptych, True Defiance), and they've also had a couple of weak albums (Summer of Darkness), or in the case of Storm the Gates Of Hell, just flat out terrible. So where does Extremist fall?

Well... I guess we had to expect that after two albums that contained their heaviest material ever, we should've come to expect a more experimental album. But that's what we get here--one of their most diverse releases ever. Much like Summer of Darkness, things are a mixed bag. Some songs are brilliant ("Death," "The Last One Alive," "Beyond Me"), some songs are just okay ("Artificial Light," "What I'm Not," "One Last Song") and some just flat out terrible songs ("I Will Fail You," "Hell Don't Need Me," "The Heart of a Graveyard").

Demon Hunter normally has only two ballads on an album. But there are a *lot* more here. And the moments that are heavy, tend to be rather inconsistent. "One Last Song" is a perfect example--it has some good guitar work, and an excellent bridge--but a shockingly bland chorus. And the singles? Well, "The Last One Alive" is an album highlight--it's your typical great Demon Hunter radio single. But "Artificial Light," although it's good, just doesn't live up to other lead singles, like "Collapsing," "My Destiny," "Infected," or even "Not Ready to Die." Unfortunately, there's not much else they could've gone with, because can you imagine the short-but-sweet "Death" with its Latin chant early on being a single? "Beyond Me" could've worked, but still. And as for "I Will Fail You," it lives up to its title, because it is an epic fail indeed. I mean... why? What were they thinking?

People may think you're bipolar if you are listening to this album with headphones. Because one moment you may be rocking out, and the next you may have a disgusted expression on your face. But that's what this album does--it polarizes you as you're listening to it. It polarizes itself, if you will.

Now, I'm not Demon Hunter, but I certainly wouldn't be saying that "this is the album we're most proud of." Still, though, it's certainly not the worst thing they've ever done.


Recommended Songs: "The Last One Alive," "Beyond Me," "Death"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Toondude10
July 19th 2014


15188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

World is a Thorn is not a masterpiece at all bro

Friday13th
July 19th 2014


7623 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You're gonna have to deal with Toon and me again, GR! Not a bad review. Being around since 2002 isn't so impressive in my book, but you could mention how some of these guys were in Training for Utopia before that (correct me if I'm wrong). Also almost every band says their newest is their best or the one they're most proud of. It's just a marketing tactic; you shouldn't need to address it.

Toondude10
July 19th 2014


15188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Don and Ryan were the only ones from Training for Utopia, and Don left a while ago so...



The review is...eh. You make good points but there are quite a few things that could be fixed.



Also, I was wondering when a more negative review for this would show up.

ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
July 20th 2014


12058 Comments


The review is...eh. You make good points but there are quite a few things that could be fixed. [2]

yeah there's some stuff that could be easily fixed and/or reworded that would make this much better. Still, not a bad review and you do have a solid argument, it's just your word choice and sentence structuring is just a bit off.

seraphim7falconus
July 21st 2014


1 Comments


This is possibly their best album to date. I demand that you give it another try, while listening to it in a vehicle with good speakers on a long drive. Turn it all the way up, and take note that this is the apex of their technical mastery, that this their most original album to date, and that the few non-heavy songs are also really good songs.

But... you're right. The World Is A Thorn >is< a masterpiece, pretty much flawless from beginning to end.

GrimReaper
July 21st 2014


14 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I do agree with you that this is probably their most original album to date... that's evident because they don't sound like Slipknot anymore lol.

I suppose it's possible I could like it a *little* more upon a future listen, but note that I listened to "Artificial Light" quite a few times before the full album came out, and my opinion on that particular track hasn't changed.



Toondude10
July 21st 2014


15188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I demand that you give it another try




geez, you don't have to demand him. It's called respecting others opinions.



And since when has Demon Hunter sounded like Slipknot?

GrimReaper
July 21st 2014


14 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The first two albums mainly.

FuneralMarch
July 21st 2014


193 Comments


I found True Defiance to be a pretty middle of the road album. Personally I find this album to be their best since "The Triptych".

Beardog
August 27th 2014


5266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

How could you possibly dislike Artificial Light?



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