Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter


4.0
excellent

Review

by TayBad USER (7 Reviews)
April 18th, 2015 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hear the initial roar.


This is were it all began for Demon Hunter, on their eponymous debut album. Here they would set a standard for their music and establish many of the traits that they have become famous for today.
Aggressive delivery, mixing hash vocals and clean vocals, dark lyrics and religious undertones. All present and accounted for here. Of all those traits, it is probably the religious undertones that they are most known for. Surprisingly, religiosity is quite subdued here. Sure, you could find a spiritual message here if you listen hard, but compared to most christian Rock bands their is almost no proselytizing to be found here. This could be because DH wanted to attract a wide fan-base, but honestly the reasoning hardly matters.
What does matter is that this is and incredibly raw and aggressive album, even compared to their later work. Here there is a palpable viscerality and intense sense of hatred mixed in. It certainly makes for a good first impression, especially for those drawn to heavier, more intense music.

The first track, Screams of the Undead is a perfect opener. Brutally aggressive and intensely powerful, it sets the pace for the rest of the album and it rarely deviates. Turn Your Back and Run is another standout track thanks mostly to its focused rage and hatred. That's not to say the rest of the album is weak on this subject, far from it. But Turn Your Back is just a more concentrated dose.
The one who exception to all this rage and intensity is the final track, The Gantlet. It's slower, more methodical and emotional than the rest of the tracks. And after all the rage and hatred, it's actually a very beautiful way to end the album.

This does lead me to mention the one major flaw of the album, and the is lack of variety. With the exception of the final track and a random,albeit very brief, sound effects only track, DH has mostly the same sound throughout with few exceptions to the established template. Granted, it sustains a high level of intensity and aggressive power throughout, but comes off as a bit unbalanced with relatively few surprises.
But all things considered this is a very good album. It knows what it wants to accomplish, and that is hit you in your eardrums with a power packed dose of raw aggression and rage. Mission accomplished Demon Hunter.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
CK
April 18th 2015


6104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I remember this album. Some good high school jams on this. I showed it to a buddy of mine and he stopped listening when he found out they were Christian xD



You bring up some good points about the album, but there is a fair amount of awkward wording in it, and a few grammatical errors. Also, the formatting for the paragraphs is a bit uneasy to look at. Just some things to consider when writing in the future

HarryBoBerry
April 18th 2015


620 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I went through a Demon Hunter phase years ago. This album has some good jams like Infected. But Ryan Clark doesn't sing much here, and it's his singing voice that got me hooked, so I prefer Summer of Darkness and The Triptych

Judio!
April 18th 2015


8458 Comments


Underrated band for sure, even though I've still only listened to their newest record. Good review, but it could really use a proofread. I'd read it over again and edit out all the mistakes, otherwise nice work dude.

TheRemnant
April 22nd 2015


53 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, TayBad. I like how you acknowledge a lot of the albums strengths while also noting its weaknesses.



Along with the proofread, I'd also recommend re-examining how you use descriptors like "intensely powerful." While I can imagine what you mean having heard the song, the danger with words like these is that it can be perceived as quite vague. Are there more specific, fact-based ways you could describe the songs?



Just a suggestion--keep it up, friend!

CK
April 22nd 2015


6104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I like how you acknowledge a lot of the albums strengths while also noting its weaknesses."



Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that what a review is?

TheRemnant
April 25th 2015


53 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just trying to provide positives with the negatives, CK.



So yeah, it's a review

mete0ra
June 10th 2015


207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

PUSH IT OUT!

IT'S EVERYTHING YOU NEVER WERE!

PUSH IT OUT!

I WANNA SEE IT SHATTER!

mete0ra
March 5th 2017


207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^ Go home younger me, you're drunk.



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