Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Emery) and mixed by Jason Suecoff (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.
“This record is without a doubt our most aggressive,” says vocalist and band co-founder Ryan Clark. ”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 bands’ prime years are long behind them. I refuse to let that be the case for us.”
On True Defiance, Grammy-nominated artist 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 marking 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.
“We’ve been extremely underwhelmed with metal for the last five years or so, and that’s been the fuel to create this record,” Clark explains. “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.”
True Defiance marks DEMON HUNTER‘s first outing since 2010′s The World Is A Thorn, which debuted in the Billboard Top 40 and was hailed as the heaviest, fastest, and most aggressive record of the band’s career. The album yielded hit videos in ”Collapsing,” which has racked up 1 million views online, and “LifeWar,” which was viewed over 100,000 times in the past month. The World is a Thorn was preceded by Storm the Gates of Hell (2007), The Triptych (2005), Summer of Darkness (2004) Demon Hunter (2002), and the three-disc CD / DVD set 45 Days, which collectively sold half a million copies and garnered airplay on college and specialty radio, Fuse and MTV2′s Headbangers Ball and earned the band cover features in publications like Revolver and HM.
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not as bad as twiat but not great| Posted September 17, 2012
Love the classic more retro metal feel in the clean vocals, hate the screamo direction on a couple tracks. love the new movement towards a more cleancut unit. some tracks are worth keeping, others are a drag. highlights are
4.5/5| Posted April 10, 2012
Demon Hunter's latest album True Defiance is an excellent metal album that captures everything that the band has learned from the past 10 years. The band has always wanted to one-up themselves on every album they make and this is no exception. It feels more aggressive than their previous album and they experiment a bit more with their sound by adding little touches here and there that break from the norm. This is part of why every song on this album is unique in its own way. Another reason is that Ryan Clark's vocals continue to be whatever the song calls for. They could be aggresive on one song, low and haunting on another song, or sweet and soothing elsewhere. The vocal diversity remains astounding and is one highlight of the album. The lyrics are also really good with songs that deal with growing up, death, life, and resisting temptations (which is a major theme of this album). You also have to be careful as many of the lyrics contain double meanings which could put some people off if they are not listening that closely.
Overall, True Defiance is another excellent addition to the discography of Demon Hunter. It contains many things that you would find on any other metal album, aggresive guitars, searing guitar solos, thumping double kick pedal, and an intense sound. It also contains many unique elements that break away from the monotony like vocal depth, experimental sounds, and great themes and lyrics. With all this in mind, this might be the band's best album to date and I look forward to what they cook up next.