is back with their newest album True Defiance
. As many of you probably already know, Demon Hunter
are one of the most successful metalcore bands out there and are probably the only successful Christian band by my standards. There must be something about the aesthetic nature of Demon Hunter
which makes them so successful, but I cannot put my finger on exactly what it is. It might have something to do with the fact that all the new metalcore have this young, hip, trendy sound to them while Demon Hunter
sounds more mature and wiser. The combination of nu metal and metalcore, I would have thought to be boring, repetitive and uninteresting but Demon Hunter
have been creating this awesome breed of music for 10 years now since their first self titled album and they are still bringing the goods.
I donât know how they do it, but Demon Hunter
is just one of those odd bands who stay awesome throughout their entire career, and are showing no signs of slowing down. They donât need to make EPs to draft their newest music, because they already know what theyâre making is awesome, so why would anyone want to change that. In True Defiance
, everything that all Demon Hunter
fans have known and loved from their other previous albums is featured. Nu metal and metalcore riffs, a combination of the classic Demon Hunter
distorted shrieks and clean vocals. Not to mention the contrast between more metalcorish and nu metalish passages. Yep, Demon Hunter
is that gift that just keeps on giving and giving and I cannot get enough of it.
Itâs quite obvious that Demon Hunter
is influenced by nu metal and metalcore, but less obviouslyâŠ grunge and alternative rock. There are some sections in True Defiance
where I keep thinking Iâm listening to a good version of Nickelback
or something because some of the vocals sound uncannily similar. However, combine this with the ferocity and extremeness of hardcore and metalcore, and youâve got somethingâŠ something awesome which has not been copied or successfully emulated by any other band that I know of. Demon Hunter
are definitely something special, and True Defiance
is just another album in their long line of awesome albums.
I donât know why, but I think what really landmarks any of their albums (especially in Storm the Gates of Hell
though) are the clean tracks. The ones which donât even sound remotely like nu metal, the real smooth and easy listening tracks. They have featured two of those in True Defiance
âTomorrow Never Comesâ and âDead Flowersâ, and they are both incredibly uplifting tracks to hear. I donât know why, but I find Ryan Clarkâs voice (the lead singer) to be incredibly powerful and uplifting. However, the best thing about these two tracks is that you can tell that they arenât trying to influential or emotionalâŠ I mean, they donât try to make music which is âlarger than lifeâ unlike Nickelback
(god I hate Nickelback
). They are just two tracks to which a suitable to end the day with.
Overall, Demon Hunter
still have it and Iâm surprised that theyâve kept their momentum going throughout their whole career so far because many bands fall within their first three albums. People can say what they want about Christian metalcore or Christian metal in general, Demon Hunter
are successful, and there is a very good reason for that. True Defiance
is one of those albums which can appeal to a very wide audience which makes its value even greater. For those looking for some of the nu metalish side to Demon Hunter
, check out âThis I Knowâ, those who are into a more metalcoreish direction of Demon Hunter
, youâll most likely see âGod Forsaken
â and "My Destiny
" to be prime tracks, or if youâre like me and like things which are easier to listen to, check out âTomorrow Never Comesâ and âDead Flowersâ. I give Demon Hunter
âs True Defiance