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There's a spiritual war brewing across the globe, in the heart of
humanity - a war within, and without. Now is the time to lay aside
the fruitless distractions of the world, to stand in the face of
adversity, stake your claim and choose your side. Now is the time to
join with Demon Hunter and STORM THE GATES OF HELL.
Demon Hunter's boldly titled new album arrives as the groundswell
beneath the band threatens to erupt and dominate all in their path.
It's fair warning to the cookie-cutter bands cluttering the scene
and the vacuous mainstream alike. The "Hunters" in the "Blessed
Resistance," as the band's most devoted fans are known, have
championed the cause since day one and are making their voices heard
throughout the underground.
STORM THE GATES OF HELL contains Demon Hunter's most jaw-dropping
and aggressive material, recalling the best and brightest of thrash
metal's glory days on tracks like the barnstorming opener and "The
Wrath of God." Alternately, songs like first single "Fading Away"
give the best of Modern Rock a run for its money, and the ballad
"Carry Me Down" threatens to eclipse previous fan favorites like "My
Heartstrings Come Undone."
"To deem the entire heavy metal genre as somehow morally
unacceptable is a naive thing to do," notes singer and lyricist Ryan
Clark. "What we do, as Demon Hunter, tends to appeal to young
people. But instead of giving them a message of despair and
hopelessness, we offer hope."
"Sixteen" directly addresses the milquetoast bands overcrowding
magazines and clubs with this message: as more authentic music
crawls and fights its way through, your fifteen minutes is nearing
its inevitable end. "Thorns" is infused with a romantic darkness on
the musical side, with a firm message against suicide in the lyrics.
"Lead Us Home" is as big an anthem as the band has ever written. "I
Am You" is another song to rally behind, letting the listener know
that struggles are shared and that hope exists. "Follow the Wolves"
encourages us to stand apart from the pack, to seek the truth and
Lead guitarist Ethan Luck sets the frets on fire on STORM THE GATES
OF HELL, with drummer Tim "Yogi" Watts raising the bar even higher
than before alongside longtime bass player Jon Dunn and founding
members/ songwriters Ryan and Don Clark, on vocals and guitar,
Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (The Almost, Emery) and mixed by Machine
(Lamb Of God, White Zombie), Demon Hunter's new album follows in the
wake of The Triptych, which has sold over 100,000 copies in the US.
"Undying" and "One Thousand Apologies" were staples on MTV2's "Headbanger's
Ball" and Fuse TV. Ryan Clark was featured on the cover of Revolver
in 2006 as part of their "Christian Metal" cover story. AOL Music
named Demon Hunter one of ten "Artists to Watch."
The Clark brothers cut their teeth in the Northern California
hardcore scene before forming Training For Utopia, an experimental
and genre-bending noisecore outfit reminiscent of Neurosis and
Coalesce who helped to shape and redefine the parameters of
possibility within the scene.
An instantly iconic symbol (the skull of a dead demon with a bullet
hole through its head) and an air of mystery fueled interest in
Demon Hunter before they ever recorded a note of music. The
brilliantly catchy and wonderfully metallic self-titled debut that
followed more than delivered on that promise in 2002.
The band's classic sophomore album, Summer of Darkness, boasted
guest appearances from members of Killswitch Engage and other
friends and contemporaries. A heavy blast of power, the album also
featured the beautiful ballad "My Heartstrings Come Undone," which
has become a centerpiece at many fans weddings. It also spawned the
single "Not Ready to Die," which was featured on the soundtrack to
"Resident Evil: Apocalypse."
Demon Hunter's level of commitment to the quality and presentation
of their music is matched only by their attention of detail to their
packaging and overall aesthetics. The Clarks graphic design firm has
been twice nominated at the Grammys in the design category. And
their fans match their passion, proudly displaying their Demon
Hunter tattoos in the "top friends" on the band's MySpace and other
social networking websites.
Demon Hunter is an anomaly in today's heavy music scene, jettisoning
fashionable trends and easily recognizable cliches in favor of
traditional heavy metal power and melodic hooks. STORM THE GATES OF
HELL recalls the best of the genre's past, from Pantera, Metallica,
Sepultura, Believer and Living Sacrifice (vocalist/guitarist Bruce
Fitzhugh guests) while looking forward at the same time, pushing the
envelope with flourishing keyboards and vocal highs.
These are dark times which call for dark, aggressive and heavy but
ultimately uplifting and spirit-filled music to help power us
through. Demon Hunter's powerful symbolism speaks to greater truths
that are out there to investigate. It is time to conquer the
darkness. It is time to STORM THE GATES OF HELL.