The World Is a Thorn

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Band Name Demon Hunter
Album Name The World Is a Thorn
Type Album
Released date 09 March 2010
Produced by Sprinkle Aaron
Music StyleMetalcore
Members owning this album62

Tracklist

DISC
1. Descending Upon Us
2. LifeWar
3. Collapsing (ft. Björn Strid of Soilwork)
4. This Is the Line
5. Driving Nails
6. The World Is a Thorn
7. Tie This Around Your Neck
8. Just Breathe (ft. Christian Älvestam of Solution .45)
9. Shallow Water
10. Feel as Though You Could (ft. Dave Peters of Throwdown)
11. Blood in the Tears
Bonustracks (Deluxe Edition)
11. Desire the Pain
12. Driving Nails (String Mix)
DVD (DELUXE EDITION)
13. Making of the album
14. Live acoustic set

Review @ hack

03 April 2010
This Seattle metalcore outfit was founded by brothers Ryan Clark (vocalist) and Don Clark (rhythm guitarist) in the year 2000. This 5th album is their 1st release with the 2 new guitarists that have joined the band, since Don Clark and Ethan Luck left the band in 2009. It's been 3 years since their last studio album. This new album debuted at #39 on the Billboard 200 Chart, selling 14,000 albums in the first week of its release. It features guest vocals by Bjorn "Speed" Strid, of Soilwork, on 1 track. It also features guest vocals by Dave Peters, of Throwdown, on another track.

The Clark brothers are graphic designers and Don Clark owns a graphic design company in Seattle. Don quit the band, so that he could concentrate on his business, and spend more time with his family. He has 2 children. His brother, Ryan Clark, currently has no children. So that affords him more time to work with the band. Ryan is a very busy man because he works 3 jobs. He works as the art director for Solid State Records(the band's label), as vocalist/song writer for Demon Hunter, and also part time at his brother's company.

After Don left the the band in 2009, Ethan(lead guitarist) left the band shortly afterward, because of his own busy agenda. Patrick Judge was their first choice as the replacement on lead guitar, because he had worked with the band before, and he was familiar with the band's material. They chose rhythm guitarist Ryan Helm, because they knew him, and he has a good chemistry with the band. He played with the band, Ascendicate, that Ryan had helped to get signed by Solid State Records. The Clark brothers wrote all of the lyrics and music for all of the songs on the band's past albums. But on this new release, Ryan wrote all of the songs, except for the guitar music. All of the guitar music was written by Patrick Judge. The album art was painted by Dan Seagrave, it was directed, and designed by Ryan Clark.

Descending On Us is a bad ass thrash song, with the typical harmonic interludes of metalcore music. But these clean vocal harmonies sound similar to the chorus used on A Broken Upper Hand, from their first album. Life War starts with heavy and slow thrashing and is mixed up with groovy guitar leads, that sound very innovative, and catchy. Collapsing employs the keyboard playing of producer, Aaron Sprinkle. This song sounds as though it could have been performed by Loverboy. It's still a very good song and features Bjorn "Speed" Strid, of Soilwork on back-up vocals. Driving Nails is ballad with symphonic music, it sounds more like an AM radio pop song. This Is The Line, The World Is a Thorn, and Tie This Around Your Neck are in their typical style of mixing hard core thrash and modern metal. Just Breathe, Shallow Water, and Feel As though You Could(which isn't listed on the SOM track list) mix trendy modern metal and breath taking choruses. Blood In The Tears is a ballad, that sounds similar to the style of later Alice In Chains.

I've got all of their studio albums. Some of them are very good and some are so-so. I can honestly tell you that this is their best album yet. It's got an entertaining blend of intense thrashing, innovative nu metal style, and stunningly beautiful choruses accompanied with very bright musical harmonies. Ryan likes to have 2 ballads on every Demon Hunter album, because they had 2 ballads on their debut album, and he wants to keep that up as a tradition. I rated this album a 19 instead of a 20, only because of the boring ballad, Driving Nails. I think that fans of nu metal, as well as fans of metalcore will enjoy this album.

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thetriptych - 05 April 2010: J'adore cet album, je peux pas m'empêcher de prendre un énorme plaisir en écoutant Descending Upon Us! Cette fois on peut DH ont fait mieux qu'avant.
Grn1 - 06 April 2010: I totally agree with the reviewer. Their best album to date!
Crinn - 10 April 2012: Not that it really matters or anything, but Demon Hunter is actually from Tacoma, Washington, which is a big city next to seattle :P (I'm from washington)
hack - 11 April 2012: I've never been up to your state, but the SoM profile does say that they're from Seattle.
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