The Triptych

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The Triptych
Dh triptych.jpg
Studio album by Demon Hunter
Released October 25, 2005
Recorded July 2005
Genre Metalcore,[1][2] nu metal[3][4]
Length 51:11
Label Solid State
Producer Aaron Sprinkle
Demon Hunter chronology
Summer of Darkness
(2004)Summer of Darkness2004
The Triptych
Storm the Gates of Hell
(2007)Storm the Gates of Hell2007
Alternative covers
One of the three original covers
One of the three original covers
One of the three original covers
One of the three original covers

The Triptych is the third full-length album by metalcore band Demon Hunter which was released October 25, 2005. Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Emery, Fair) and mixed by Machine (Lamb of God), The Triptych had three different album covers—implying a traditional triptych—by Dan Seagrave.

The album hit the No. 1 position on the Billboard's Heatseekers chart during its first week of release in stores and was re-released on October 31, 2006.

Vocalist Ryan Clark described in an interview that, while the previous two albums had him record vocals with a standing, screened microphone, for The Triptych, he used a basic handheld mic. This allowed him to move around freely and hold longer notes; however, it also allowed Clark to naturally cup the mic which consequently muffled or distanced his vocals.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 stars[1]
Exclaim! Highly unfavorable[2]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[6] 4/5 stars[4]
Rhapsody Positive link

The album received generally positive views and was a huge commercial success, reaching No 10. in the Top Christian Albums chart in 2005 and the No. 1 spot on the Top Heatseekers chart in 2006. Eduardo Rivadavia from Allmusic gave the album 4 1/2 out of 5 stars saying "Christian metal has enjoyed startlingly infrequent success stories over the years. So infrequent, in fact, that an '80s group as lame as Stryper is still perceived as the defining Christian metal band, nearly twenty years after their demise."[3] Kaj Roth from gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, stating "This is a numetal monster of a record, what you possibly can ask for in a mega heavy record with all from a gigantic rhythm section to murderous riffs, roars of anger and blockbuster choruses [sic]. It is all here in this package called "The triptych", [sic] this really came as a surprise to me since I wasn't too impressed with Demon Hunter's previous album "Summer of Darkness" [sic]. It was a bit non-melodic and contained more growls than melodic vocals but this time,the vocals is more balanced and the band has also written better songs - you could say they have grown from medium size to X-large."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Demon Hunter, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Flame That Guides Us Home"   0:29
2. "Not I"   4:14
3. "Undying"   4:18
4. "Relentless Intolerance"   4:02
5. "Deteriorate"   5:53
6. "The Soldier's Song"   5:24
7. "Fire to My Soul"   4:03
8. "One Thousand Apologies"   4:56
9. "The Science of Lies"   4:09
10. "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" (Prong cover) Tommy Victor 4:13
11. "Ribcage"   3:46
12. "The Tide Began to Rise"   5:35
Total length: 51:11


Year Chart Position
2005 Billboard 200 136
2005 Top Christian Albums 10
2006 Top Heatseekers 1


Demon Hunter
Production and additional musicians
  • Aaron Sprinkle — producer, additional keyboards, programming
  • Lars Katz — additional guitars and assisting
  • Mixed by Machine
  • Recorded at Compound Recording, Seattle, Washington
  • Cover paintings by Dan Seagrave
  • Art direction by Asterisk Studio


  • "Undying" - the first single and video from The Triptych. The video was directed by Christopher Sims (Bleeding Through, As I Lay Dying, Kutless, Lamb of God). The song is featured on X2007.
  • "One Thousand Apologies" - the second single and video, directed by Darren Doane (Deftones, Thursday, Every Time I Die, Sinai Beach). The song is featured on X2006.
  • "Not I" - the final single on the CD however there was no video.
  • "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" - a cover song, originally written and performed by Prong, from the album Cleansing.
  • "The Soldier's Song" - though not a single, it's worth noting that this track is dedicated to the men and women in uniform, a thank you to troops.

From the official website (February 18, 2006): "We can't tell you how humbled we've been by the outpouring of support from the Armed Forces. 'The Soldier's Song' is for them and the letters, photos and friendship continues. SPC Davis, SPC Peterson and SSGT Childs in Iraq, Specialist Graham who served in the Airborne in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paxton in the Air Force, and Warrant Officer Slagle are just a few of the men and women who are true HUNTERS out there sacrificing everyday, risking life and limb and often paying the ultimate price."

Deluxe edition[edit]

The Triptych Deluxe Edition album cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
HM Magazine Favorable[7]

On October 31, 2006, The Triptych was rereleased with four exclusive tracks and a DVD with footage from a live show in LA, behind the scene documentaries, studio footage, interviews with the band on the road, miscellaneous live footage from the tour, and the videos for “One Thousand Apologies,” “Undying,” “Not Ready to Die,” and “Infected.” The four exclusive tracks are:

  • "My Throat Is An Open Grave (acoustic)" - 3:21
  • "My Heartstrings Come Undone (acoustic)" - 4:07
  • "The Tide Began To Rise (acoustic)" - 5:23
  • "Undying (Wild Boar remix)" - 4:12

DVD Live show from the Glasshouse in Pamona, Ca.

  1. "Intro / The Flame That Guides Us Home"
  2. "Not I"
  3. "Ribcage"
  4. "Screams of the Undead"
  5. "One Thousand Apologies"
  6. "Not Ready to Die"
  7. "The Soldier's Song"
  8. "I Play Dead"
  9. "Fire to My Soul" (featuring Dave Peters of Throwdown)
  10. "Infected"
  11. "Undying"
  12. "Through the Black"
  13. "My Heart Strings Come Undone"
  14. "Beheaded"


  1. ^ a b "Cross Rhythms review". Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Pratt, Greg (December 2005). "Demon Hunter - The Triptych". Exclaim!. Ian Danzig. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Allmusic review
  4. ^ a b c Roth, Kaj. "Melodic Net - Demon Hunter - The Triptych". Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Stebila, Camaren An Interview with Demon Hunter lead singer, Ryan Clark Slumper (published August 27, 2009). Retrieved 12-28-09.
  6. ^ "Jesus Freak Hideout review". October 25, 2005. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ Olson, Chad. "Demon Hunter". HM Magazine. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 

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