Ryan Clark (musician)

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Ryan Clark
Background information
Birth name Ryan Clark
Born (1979-06-23) June 23, 1979 (age 36)
Origin United States
Genres Christian metal,[1] metalcore,[1] alternative metal,[1][2] nu metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts Demon Hunter, Training for Utopia, Focal Point, Low & Behold, NYVES[3]

Ryan Clark (born June 23, 1979) is an American graphic designer and musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Demon Hunter, which he co-founded with his brother, guitarist Don Clark. He is featured on Zao's The Lesser Lights of Heaven DVD and Mark Salomon's Podcast, Never Was.

Early life and career[edit]

Before Demon Hunter, Clark was a former guitarist for hardcore punk band Focal Point and vocalist for Training for Utopia.[4][5] He and his brother formed Demon Hunter in 2000 and released their debut album late the following year through Solid State Records. The group would continue to steadily gain exposure throughout the 2000s.

His grandfather, an artist, helped inspire his grandsons' work in graphic design, which is their true day job. Ryan and Don founded Seattle-based Asterik Studio[6] with their friend Demetre Arges in 2000. The design studio has created CD packaging, poster art, web design, and/or merchandise design for hundreds of artists including Liz Phair, P.O.D., and The White Stripes; however, Clark also notes that he is not a fine artist and that such work is typically outsourced. Based on their design experience, Don and Ryan authored a chapter in the book New Masters of Photoshop, Volume 2 (ISBN 1590593154). In 2007, the brothers had announced that they were leaving Asterik to start Invisible Creature.[7] Ryan Clark is also art director of Solid State Records and its parent Tooth & Nail Records.

He has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award for his design work on Norma Jean's O God, the Aftermath and Fair's album The Best Worst-Case Scenario.[8]

He currently is working on a project with ex-Project 86 guitarist Randy Torres called NYVES.[9] using funding through Kickstarter.[10][11]


Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Artists :: DEMON HUNTER". MusicMight. January 27, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex (October 22, 2002). "Demon Hunter - Demon Hunter : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/nyvesmusic
  4. ^ Decibel Magazine
  5. ^ "Focal Point", Tooth & Nail Records. Retrieved July 19, 2015
  6. ^ Asterik Studio
  7. ^ "Asterik Turns Invisible". HM News Update: Week Ending 1-27. HM. January 27, 2007. Retrieved February 25, 2007. 
  8. ^ 2007 Grammy Award nominations - Category 86 Best Recording Package
  9. ^ Downey, Ran, J. (December 17, 2014). "The 15 Best Solo, Side Project And Supergroup Songs Of 2014: NYVES - "Fall Behind"". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ Sarachik, Justin (November 6, 2014). "Demon Hunter Vocalist and Former Project 86 Guitarist Form Electric Rock Inspired Duo NYVES". Breathe Cast. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ Hurst, Samantha (November 7, 2014). "Seattle Musicians Launch Kickstarter Campaign For New Electronic Music Collaboration; Raises $25,000 in Two Days". Crowdfund Insider. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Timeline Photos - Living Sacrifice - Facebook". Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Demon Hunter - Timeline Photos - Facebook". Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ Tooth & Nail. "The Monsterns' Single "Monster Life" Now on iTunes!". Tooth & Nail Records. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Demon Hunter’s Ryan Clark Guests On New Song From Christian Hip Hop Artist Shonlock". Theprp.com - Metal And Hardcore News Plus Reviews And More. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Demon Hunter’s Ryan Clark To Guest On New Five Finger Death Punch Song". Theprp.com - Metal And Hardcore News Plus Reviews And More. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch's The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1 & 2 Ultimate Collector's Box Set".