Demon Hunter (album)

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Demon Hunter
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Studio album by Demon Hunter
Released October 22, 2002
Recorded June - August 2002
Studio The Black Dungeon
Genre Nu metal,[1][2] metalcore, alternative metal[3]
Length 38:41
Label Solid State
Producer Aaron Sprinkle
Demon Hunter chronology
Demon Hunter
(2002)
Summer of Darkness
(2004)
Singles from Demon Hunter
  1. "Infected"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Through the Black"
    Released: 2002[citation needed]
  3. "My Throat is an Open Grave"
    Released: 2003[citation needed]

Demon Hunter is the eponymous debut album by American metalcore band Demon Hunter, released through Solid State in 2002.

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded in Drop C tuning. All of Demon Hunter's subsequent releases would be dropped even lower to Drop B. Industrial vocal elements are also featured in various songs.

Touring and promotion[edit]

The band joined Extol on tour in the summer of 2003.[4]

Demon Hunter's first single, "Infected," had a music video which debuted on MTV2's Extreme Rock and found considerable airplay on Fuse TV's Uranium. The intense video revolves around two subjects; one, vocalist Ryan Clark, is shown using an extravagant dagger to carve the word "HELP" into a tree in the pouring rain. The second subject is a white collared man at a desk who is overcome with extreme panic for ambiguous reasons. He finally falls to the floor after repeatedly typing "help" on his monitor. Given Demon Hunter's overt Christianity, the video could be seen as people reaching out for a savior in their time of desperation. "Infected" would later be featured on the compilation album MTV2 Headbangers Ball.

Album art and booklet[edit]

The band members are not credited in the album's liner notes. Clark explained this by citing the fact that Demon Hunter's members have been in previous groups and that they wanted the band to initially rely solely on its music. The Demon Hunter booklet features four 'chapters' of sorts. When asked about this, Clark responded:

"It was more an artwork based concept as opposed to a concept pertaining to the music. We wanted to give it an old world feel, with the book and everything. Just a way to make the artwork really come alive."[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Cross Rhythms 7/10 stars[1]
Exclaim! Favorable[2]
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars[6]
MusicEmissions 4/5 stars[7]

Demon Hunter received overall positive reviews. Allmusic's Alex Henderson described it as "an album in which moments of intense brutality are followed by hauntingly melodic passages." He commended the band for its "complimentary" use of intensity and melody and noted the album as "imperfect" yet "interesting." Such comments have been echoed in other small-form media reviews. Demon Hunter has stylistically been compared to Slipknot, particularly in the vocals department, as well as more intense nu metal groups.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Demon Hunter.

No. Title Length
1. "Screams of the Undead" 4:34
2. "I Have Seen Where it Grows" 3:14
3. "Infected" 3:08
4. "My Throat is an Open Grave" 3:54
5. "Through the Black" 4:27
6. "Turn Your Back and Run" 3:48
7. "And the Sky Went Red" 0:29
8. "As We Wept" 3:42
9. "A Broken Upper Hand" 4:29
10. "The Gauntlet" 6:56
Total length: 38:41

Personnel[edit]

Members[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Aaron Mlasko - Drum Technician
  • Brandon Ebel - Executive Producer
  • Aaron Sprinkle - Producer
  • J.R. McNeely - Mixing
  • Kris McCaddon - Photography
  • Latif Tayour - Mixing Assistant
  • Phil Peterson - Strings
  • Tim Harmon - Drum Engineering
  • Troy Glessner - Mastering
  • Tyson Paoletti - A&R

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Binks, Andy (May 2003). "Demon Hunter - Demon Hunter". Cross Rhythms Magazine. Cross Rhythms (74). 
  2. ^ a b Pratt, Greg. "Demon Hunter - Demon Hunter • Metal Reviews •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b Henderson, Alex (2002-10-22). "Demon Hunter - Demon Hunter". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  4. ^ EXTOL To Release 'Synergy' In August Blabbermouth.net (May 25, 2003). Retrieved on 7-31-11.
  5. ^ Wayfaerer Demon Hunter Interview Harm.us (November 26, 2003).
  6. ^ "Demon Hunter, "Demon Hunter" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. 2002-10-22. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Demon Hunter - Demon Hunter Review from". Music Emissions. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 

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