True Defiance

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True Defiance
Studio album by Demon Hunter
Released April 10, 2012
Genre Groove metal,[1][2][3] metalcore[3]
Length 48:37
Label Solid State Records
Producer Aaron Sprinkle
Demon Hunter chronology
The World Is a Thorn
(2010)
True Defiance
(2012)
Extremist
(2014)
Alternative covers
Standard Edition #2
Deluxe Edition
Singles from True Defiance
  1. "My Destiny"
    Released: March 12, 2012[4]
  2. "God Forsaken"
    Released: August 14, 2012[citation needed]
  3. "Dead Flowers"
    Released: February 12, 2013[citation needed]
  4. "Someone to Hate"
    Released: August 20, 2013[citation needed]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Alternative Press 2/5 stars[6]
Jesus Freak Hideout[7] Timothy Estabrooks: 4.5/5 stars

Kevin Hoskins: 4/5 stars

Rhapsody Favorable[8]
Seattle Weekly Highly favorable[9]

True Defiance is Demon Hunter's sixth full-length album. It was released April 10, 2012. Production work for the album comes from regular Solid State and Tooth & Nail Producer Aaron Sprinkle while mixing was finished by Jason Suecof.[10]

The album also returns to utilizing three different cover arts specific to each version of the album, much like what the band did with their third album The Triptych.[11] It is also their first album since The Triptych not to feature any guest artists.

About the album[edit]

"This record is without a doubt our most aggressive. Every Demon Hunter record must be a step up from the last. I know that's a goal for every band, but it seldom works that way - especially today, especially in metal. It seems like most band's prime years are long behind them. I refuse to let that be the case for us. We've been extremely underwhelmed with metal for the last five years or so, and that's been the fuel to create this record. With an extreme over-saturation of false, fleeting, trend-hopping noise in today's metal scene, we had to make something we've been longing to hear. Something truly meaningful and artistic. Something our fans would love and something that will turn the heads of those who have ignored us for the past decade." (Ryan Clark, Main Vocalist on the band's direction with True Defiance.)

The deluxe edition comprises two bonus songs, a DVD featuring acoustic performances, interviews and in-depth song discussions, a 5-inch metal "True Defiance" pendant in a custom holder, a 20-page large-format photo booklet, lyric cards for each of the songs with an illustration printed in metallic ink, a 2-sided fold-out poster of album covers housed in a 7 x 7-inch box[12]

Critical Reception[edit]

The album received mixed to positive reviews. The album was a commercial success reaching No. 36 on the Billboard 200, better than their previous album The World Is a Thorn, and No. 2 On the Top Christian Albums chart. James Christopher Monger from Allmusic gave the album 3 1/2 out of 5 stars saying "The sixth full-length outing from Demon Hunter dials up the religious themes to 11 while maintaining a dark and ominous luster that dutifully upholds heavy metal's core values of volume, aggression, and defiance. The aptly named True Defiance juggles elements of metalcore, emo, thrash, and groove metal, offering up nine tightly wound haymakers, one vaguely forgettable power ballad ('Tomorrow Never Comes'), and even a moody acoustic instrumental piece ('Means to an End')."[13] Ryan Wasoba of Alternative Press gave the album 2 out of 5 stars stating, "It may be hard for some to get past Demon Hunter’s religious affiliation. They are openly Christian, which means they interpret song titles such as 'Crucifix' and 'God Forsaken' more literal than the average metal band."[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Crucifix"   3:44
2. "God Forsaken"   5:49
3. "My Destiny"   4:15
4. "Wake"   4:12
5. "Tomorrow Never Comes"   4:54
6. "Someone to Hate"   5:24
7. "This I Know"   4:04
8. "Means to an End" (Instrumental) 2:50
9. "We Don't Care"   3:37
10. "Resistance"   4:25
11. "Dead Flowers"   5:23
Total length:
48:37

Standard Edition Tracklisting Reference [15] Deluxe Edition Tracklisting Reference [16]

Personnel[edit]

Demon Hunter
  • Ryan Clark – lead vocals
  • Patrick Judge – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Jeremiah Scott - rhythm guitar
  • Jon Dunn – bass guitar
  • Timothy "Yogi" Watts – drums
Production

Line-up Reference:[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DEMON HUNTER: "TRUE DEFIANCE"". No Clean Singing. April 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Demon Hunter-True Defiance". DC Metal Review. April 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "DEMON HUNTER - True Defiance". Metal Injection. April 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "My Destiny by Demon Hunter". Myspace. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/-true-defiance-r2418147
  6. ^ http://www.altpress.com/reviews/entry/demon_hunter_true_defiance
  7. ^ http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/cdreviews/TrueDefiance.asp
  8. ^ http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/demon-hunter/album/true-defiance
  9. ^ http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/reverb/2012/04/demon_hunter_true_defiance_album_review.php
  10. ^ Tags: (February 7, 2012). "Release Announcement and Production, Mixing Details". Depravedwretch.com. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ Casey (February 13, 2012). "Demon Hunter Reveal Artwork for Standard Edition #1, #2 and Deluxe Edition". Solidstaterecords.com. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ Casey (February 23, 2012). "Contents of Deluxe Edition". Solidstaterecords.com. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ James Christopher Monger (April 10, 2012). "True Defiance - Demon Hunter | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Demon Hunter - True Defiance - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ "True Defiance Standard Edition Official Tracklisting". Solidstaterecords.com. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  16. ^ "True Defiance Deluxe Edition Official Tracklisting". Solidstaterecords.com. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  17. ^ Demon HunterOver FacebookTijdlijnOver Facebook. "Demon Hunter Facebook Official Band Line-up (2012)". Facebook.com. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 

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