A Heavy Metal band formed in the early 2000s, Demon Hunter is one of the most popular Christian heavy metal bands outside of the genre's own community; along with bands such as Underoath, Thousand Foot Krutch, Red, Pillar, and Skillet, they are among the most known Christian metal bands in recent history. The band has their own nickname for their fan base, similar to how Slipknot calls their fans 'maggots', calling their fans members of 'The Blessed Resistance', as seen on their website.The band has released 7 studio albums to date, all which have received critical acclaim:
Demon Hunter (2002)
Summer of Darkness (2004)
The Triptych (2005)
Storm the Gates of Hell (2007)
The World Is a Thorn (2010)
True Defiance (2012)
The band's music is classified by many as a unique cross between Metalcore, Groove Metal, and Alternative Metal, with a little bit of Nu Metal as well, particularly in their first two albums. The band's vocal style and instrumentation is often compared to Slipknot, although they are far more respected than Slipknot. Despite critical acclaim and the many aforementioned fans outside of Christian groups, the band has found little mainstream success as of yet, though they have had some of their videos played on MTV's Headbangers' Ball.They are also known for their iconic mascot, the symbol of a bull-like demon with a bullet hole in its head, which has appeared on stickers, t-shirts, hoodies, and every single one of their album covers.Extremist was recently released in March.Current Members:
Ryan Clark: lead vocalist
Jon Dunn: bass guitar player
Timothy Watts: drummer
Patrick Judge: standard guitarist and backing vocalist
Careful With That Axe: They do this a lot, but especially on the title track on 'Storm the Gates of Hell'. It begins with quiet static, then the drums start to come in and Ryan lets out a loud growl powerful enough to wake up a sleeping baby. And throughout the song, he sounds like he's trying to explode his throat.
Epic Rocking: 'The Gauntlet' clocks in at just under 7 minutes.
Fading into the Next Song: In True Defiance, 'Means to and End' → 'We Don't Care'. This is an interesting example in that 'Means to an End' was made with this intention, and was going to segue into whichever song fit the key it was in. 'We Don't Care' was the only song they had in the key of E.
Fake-Out Fade-Out: 'Deteriorate' sounds like it's finished around 3/4 of the way through, then the riff comes back out of nowhere and the chorus plays a few times.
Rap Metal: In some songs, Ryan screams in an almost hip-hop rhythm, most notably on 'The Science of Lies', 'I Have Seen Where It Grows', 'Beauty Through the Eyes of a Predator', 'Life War', the second verse of 'Through the Black', 'Not Ready to Die', 'Beheaded', and 'Tie This Around Your Neck'.
Vocal Evolution: Ryan's clean vocals have remained pretty much unchanged since the band's beginnings, but his harsh vocals have significantly changed since their debut album, not just the way he sounds, but also the style. Compare his growls on Screams of the Undead to his growls on Artificial Light, from their first and latest album, respectively, and tell me you can tell it's the same guy.
Vocal Tag Team: Averted. Whenever a guest artist appears on a song by the band, the featured artist practically takes over the song. For example, in 'Just Breathe', the aforementioned Christian Alvestam, who sung on it, sings literally everything except for the verses. They might as well have put it on Scar Symmetry's album, for Pete's sake!
Younger than They Look: It may be because he's bald and his beard (when he sports one) is at times very huge, but Ryan could have passed for a man in his early forties ever since he was barely out of college (the music video for 'Infected' was shot when he was just 23 years old).