Summer of Darkness

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Summer of Darkness
Studio album by Demon Hunter
Released May 4, 2004
Recorded November – December 2003
Studio Compound Studios, Seattle, Washington
Genre Alternative metal, nu metal, metalcore
Length 55:21
Label Solid State
Producer Aaron Sprinkle
Demon Hunter chronology
Demon Hunter
Summer of Darkness
The Triptych
Singles from Summer of Darkness
  1. "Not Ready to Die"
    Released: 2004[1]
  2. "My Heartstrings Come Undone"
    Released: 2004[citation needed]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4/5 stars[4] 2.5/5 stars[5] 2/5 stars[6]

Summer of Darkness is the second album by American metalcore band Demon Hunter, released through Solid State in 2004.

Vocalist Ryan Clark described the album as being heavier than its predecessor. Indeed, while the band's debut was recorded in C, Summer of Darkness would be dropped even further to B. He also cited that the group had more time to record than with their previous release.[7] Summer of Darkness enlists the help of several friends of Demon Hunter in the form of guest vocals.

The album's lead single, "Not Ready to Die" received significant airplay on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball and Fuse TV. "My Heartstrings Come Undone" was also featured on the soundtrack to Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

In June 2004, Demon Hunter began touring the United States in promotion of Summer of Darkness. This included all major cities and extended to the East Coast where they had not previously performed.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Demon Hunter.

No. Title Length
1. "Not Ready to Die" 5:03
2. "The Awakening" 4:12
3. "Beheaded" (featuring Mike Williams) 3:13
4. "My Heartstrings Come Undone" 4:35
5. "Our Faces Fall Apart" (featuring Howard Jones) 4:52
6. "Less Than Nothing" 2:57
7. "Summer of Darkness" 3:10
8. "Beauty Through the Eyes of a Predator" (featuring Brock Lindow) 5:34
9. "Annihilate the Corrupt" 4:10
10. "I Play Dead" 5:20
11. "Everything Was White" 3:54
12. "Coffin Builder" (featuring Trevor McNevan) 4:01
13. "The Latest and the Last" 3:42
Total length: 55:14


Year Chart Position
2004 Top Christian Albums 23
2004 Top Heatseekers 22


Demon Hunter
Production and additional musicians
  • Aaron Mlasko - Drum Technician
  • Aaron Sprinkle - Producer
  • Brandon Ebel - Executive Producer
  • Demon Hunter - Art Direction, Design
  • J.R. McNeely - Mixing
  • Jeff Gros - Photography
  • Kris McCaddon - Cover Photo
  • Tyson Paoletti - A&R
  • Zach Hodges - Assistant Producer


  1. ^ Portell, Paul (November 20, 2005). "Demon Hunter, "The Triptych" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Stafford, James (December 2004). "Demon Hunter - Summer Of Darkness". Cross Rhythms (83). 
  4. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  5. ^ Roth, Kaj. " - Demon Hunter - Summer Of Darkness". Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Demon Hunter - Summer of Darkness". 22 June 2004. Retrieved 12 May 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  7. ^ Wayfaerer Demon Hunter Interview (November 26, 2003).