Demon Hunter is a band that I have been aware of for several years. However, I never really delved into their music too deeply. Pretty much everything that I have read about the band has been overwhelmingly positive. Over the last few years the great reviews made me curious enough to listen to a song here or there. However, what I heard really did not grab me musically. That all changed recently when someone posted a Demon Hunter video on Facebook. Something about the music really caught my attention this time. The song was from the band’s most recent album Extremist, which was released in 2014. I took a chance and purchased the cd and I’m so glad that I did.
Demon Hunter combines the sounds of bands like Bob Rock era Metallica, Alice In Chains, Creed and Pantera along with the genres of thrash metal, metalcore, nu metal and death metal. On Extremist all of these influences have come together to produce a wonderfully diverse and heavy album. Extremist is a well produced, well played metal album full of great guitar riffs and solos. One of the greatest strengths of the album is the vocals. Far to many metal albums have a vocalist who has the same vocal delivery from song to song. Extremist showcases lead vocalist Ryan Clark delivering a variety of vocal styling that range from clean singing to death metal like vocals. His clean vocals on the mid paced and slower songs sounds like a mix Alice In Chains and Black Album era James Hetfeld.
I would highly recommend Demon Hunter’s Extremist for fans of modern metal. I look forward to not only hearing a new album by the band, but also exploring their back catalog.