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Music: Demon Hunter

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)
  • Extremist (2014)

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
  • Ryan Helm: rhythm guitarist


Demon Hunter provides examples of:

  • Author Vocabulary Calendar: They have used the phrase 'reap what you've sown' more than a couple times.
  • Bald of Awesome: Ryan.
  • 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.
  • Chewing the Scenery: "LIFE! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRR!"
  • Christian Rock: They said so themselves that they are. It's actually really hard to tell, though, even if you listen to their lyrics, as they never openly use the words 'God' or 'Jesus' in any form of praise. Hell, their name is Demon Hunter, for crying out loud.
  • Cover Version: The band covered Prong's 'Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck'.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Their music is perceived as being very dark, despite the fact that they are a Christian band and are in reality anything but.
  • Darker and Edgier: Storm the Gates of Hell is considered their darkest album.
  • 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.
  • Groove Metal: The Triptych onward.
  • "I Am" Song: 'I Am You', 'I Am a Stone', and 'Death'.
  • Iconic Logo: See opening paragraphs above.
  • Lighter and Softer: Extremist is considered by some to be softer than their previous albums. Ironic, considering its title.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Ryan almost always wears either a beanie and a coat or a vest.
  • Love Nostalgia Song: 'One Thousand Apologies'.
  • Metal Scream: They do this rather frequently.
  • Metalcore: Arguably the biggest component of their sound.
  • Miniscule Rocking: 'Lifewar' from The World Is a Thorn clocks in at just under 2 minutes.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually an 8, sometimes crossing into the range of 9. Their softer songs, however, drop down to around a 6.
  • Mondegreen: In the song 'Our Faces Fall Apart', the line 'I built this anguish with my own hands' is sometimes misheard as 'I built this sandwich with my own hands'.
    • 'We Don't Care''s line 'feels like we've run out of air' may be misheard as 'feels like we've run out of ham'.
  • Not Christian Rock: Subverted. Most fans don't know they're Christian (see Christian Rock above) until they look it up.
  • 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'.
  • Rated M for Manly: Oh, yes. Quite possibly the only Christian band that qualifies.
  • Something Completely Different: 'Fading Away' sounds like something Avenged Sevenfold would sing.
    • True Defiance features 'Means to an End', an acoustic instrumental song.
      • 'What is Left' from the deluxe edition of the same album wouldn't sound out of place on a Three Days Grace album.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Around 90% of their songs have this.
  • Special Guest:
    • Summer of Darkness:
      • Trevor Mc Nevan of Thousand Foot Krutch on 'Coffin Builder'
      • Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists on 'Beauty Through the Eyes of a Predator'
      • Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage on 'Our Faces Fall Apart'
      • Mike Williams of The Agony Scene on 'Beheaded'
    • The World Is a Thorn:
      • Bjorn Strid of Soilwork on 'Collapsing'
      • Christian Alvestam, formerly of Scar Symmetry, on 'Just Breathe'
      • Dave Peters of Throwdown on 'Feel As Though You Could'
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: They seem to have more and more per album. According to the song samples, True Defiance is only keeping this up.
  • Textless Album Cover: EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
  • This Is a Song: Not quite, but 'This is the Line' is pretty close.
  • Thrash Metal: A few of their songs have elements of this.
  • 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!
  • X Meets Y: Killswitch Engage meets Slipknot meets Skillet.
  • 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).

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