Thursday, March 1, 2012

The True Defiance of Demon Hunter

Seattle based Demon Hunter has graced the music world with their first single from their upcoming album, True Defiance, which will hit shelves of record stores on April 10th, 2012 via none other than Solid State Records.

Demon Hunter is:

Ryan Clark – lead vocals (founding member)
Jon Dunn – bass guitar (founding member)
Timothy "Yogi" Watts – drums (2004 – present)
Patrick Judge – lead guitar, backing vocals (2009–present)
Jeremiah Scott - rhythm guitar (2012-present)

"This record is without a doubt our most aggressive. Every Demon Hunter record must be a step up from the last. I know that's a goal for every band, but it seldom works that way - especially today, especially in metal. It seems like most band's prime years are long behind them. I refuse to let that be the case for us. We've been extremely underwhelmed with metal for the last five years or so, and that's been the fuel to create this record. With an extreme over-saturation of false, fleeting, trend-hopping noise in today's metal scene, we had to make something we've been longing to hear. Something truly meaningful and artistic. Something our fans would love and something that will turn the heads of those who have ignored us for the past decade." -Ryan Clark

This will mark Demon Hunter's 6th full length album under the label of Solid State Records.  Solid State also shared some information about the upcoming album release:

"Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Emery) and mixed by Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium), True Defiance finds Demon Hunter continuing in their hard rock evolution while embracing the components that have always formed the backbone of their music: true metal, dark rock and balladry. On True Defiance Ryan Clark, Tim "Yogi" Watts (drums), Jonathan Dunn (bass) and Patrick Judge (lead guitar) are joined by their longtime friend Jeremiah Scott (guitar), whose credits as a metal musician (The Showdown) and producer (Living Sacrifice) are well established. The partnership marks a vital new chapter in the celebrated history of Demon Hunter, who are currently in their 10th year of writing, breaking and erasing the rules of hard rock. Not ones to rest on their laurels, however, the members have created an album that not only lives up to their own lofty standards, but sets a new high-water mark for what DH is capable of." -Solid State Records (press release)

Their most recent announcement in relation to the upcoming album, was the release of their first single "Someone To Hate".  You can check out the song below:

(Someone To Hate)

Ryan Clark shared his thoughts and feelings about the new single:

“[Someone To Hate] feels like a perfect first-glimpse at the new record. At one point we were even debating on it being the album opener. It’s definitely a thrash song, but with a Demon Hunter twist. I think fans will dig it because it has a lot of classic DH elements, but it really pushes each of those elements to the max. It’s fast, it’s mean, it’s unapologetic… but of course, it has moments of melody as well.”

Here is the album artwork and track listing for "True Defiance":

1. Crucifix
2. God Forsaken
3. My Destiny
4. Wake
5. Tomorrow Never Comes
6. Someone To Hate
7. This I Know
8. Means To An End
9. We Don't Care
10. Resistance
11. Dead Flowers
12. What is Left (Deluxe Edition)
13. I Am a Stone (Deluxe Edition)

Alternate cover(s) have been designed as well for the album release:

(Standard Edition #2)

(Deluxe Edition)

The deluxe edition of the album (according to Solid State Records) will contain the following:

- The full "True Defiance" album, plus the two bonus songs
- DVD featuring over an hour of interviews, in- depth song discussions & acoustic performances
- 5-inch metal "True Defiance" pendant, housed in a custom holder
- 20-page large-format photo booklet
- 12 individual lyric cards, each with an accompanying illustration printed in metallic ink
- 2-sided fold-out poster featuring both regular edition album covers
- All contained in a heavy-duty 7-inch x 7-inch box

Be sure to pick your copy of this album on April 10th at your local record shop or online.  Also, be sure to keep checking their websites (as well as AFGM) for any touring information supporting this album.

And for the goodie, here is the latest music video ("LifeWar") taken from Demon Hunter's "The World Is A Thorn" album:

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