A Thorn worth the wait. | Posted March 09, 2010
I've listened to the new Demon Hunter album, "The World is a Thorn" twice all the way through now. I've got the deluxe special edition, with 13 tracks on it. My first impression, there has not been a metal album, Christian or otherwise, that was this good released in years. This is the kind of music that will rip you to shreds if you try to hold on to it, but it will carry you away if you just let wash over you.
The vocals on this album are amazing. When metal groups try to do harmony, it's too easy to compromise heavy to get it done, and it's too easy to not do harmony right for fear of compromising heavy. Trust me, these guys got it right.
The guitar work on this album was a big question mark for a lot of loyal fans. After all, we have two new guitarists. What do we have to fear? It turns out, nothing. Yes, you can tell there are two different guys playing guitar for Demon Hunter that you've never heard play guitar for them before, but the problems stop there. Not only did they do their job, they seal the deal completely.
Lastly, its easy enough to say "You know Yogi isn't going to mess up on the drums." - because he didn't. But he did keep it fresh. There are new licks in there, stuff that takes you by surprise in places, stuff that feels like anything else would be wrong in others.
In short - if you like heavy music, or know someone who does, and you want a good clean message in your heavy music, you NEED this album.