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Storm the Gates of Hell

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Reissue of their third killer album frm 1989! Roadrunner Records. 2007.

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  • For those of you who were like me and disliked The Triptych, Storm the Gates of Hell should be a breath of fresh air in the Demon Hunter discography.

    From the outset of the first track of Demon Hunter’s fourth album, it’s obvious that Storm the Gates of Hell is intended to be intense. The title track is possibly the heaviest song Demon Hunter has ever done, with the exception of maybe “Beheaded”. The main difference in the first song is that…well, Ryan SHRIEKS. For too long I’ve suggested that he should attempt a higher range scream in addition to his familiar, guttural grunt that stays basically the same from album to album. Well, here it is.

    The main thing about Storm the Gates of Hell that sets it apart is that Demon Hunter actually tried new things. The Triptych was disappointing to me and to others in the fanbase because it sounded almost exactly like a watered-down Summer of Darkness. That, and there were a billion ballads. Storm the Gates of Hell is like a perfect mixture of Demon Hunter’s heavy self-titled album and the melodic side of Summer of Darkness. One can’t help but think that this album is probably what DH was trying to do when they made The Triptych. There’s weird keyboard parts and effects in some of the songs, (case in point, “A Thread of Light”) which is great because it gives the songs a unique feel, at least in relativity to their other albums.

    Also, while quite honestly the only songs off of The Triptych I enjoyed in particular were “Not I” and “A Thousand Apologies”, Storm the Gates of hell has quite a few. One of particular interest is “Fading Away”, along with the only ballad on StGoH, “Carry Me Down”.

    So, in summary: The new Demon Hunter album is refreshing in different, at least in the perspective of what they have done recently. It’s definitely heavier than their previous effort, but there’s also a more defined sense of melody. Heck, there’s a friggin’ guitar solo in “Fiction Kingdom”…It’s a good-sized one, too, not one of the short ones like The Triptych had.

    If your favorite albums from Demon Hunter were among their first two, you should like this one quite a bit. Four stars.

    Posted on January 30, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Overall, I’m not disappointed by this release. It’s solid, and while it’s somewhat predictable being pretty close to what you’d expect from Demon Hunter, this band takes a couple chances and tries some new things with this album.

    Staying true to form (I mean that more literally than most would), the opener and title track is massive and intense. It’s a song you’d expect to hear on Summer of Darkness perhaps. For that matter, this album is probably closer to that one than any other, but with one important difference: Demon Hunter seems to be trying new things. There are some beats (Follow the Wolves) and effects that are cool and seem to be an attempt at keeping things fresh. This album even has some “metal” leads, like the one on No Reason to Exist (one of the bonus tracks).

    But the real thing that sets this album apart from other DH releases is that the lyrical themes and topics are overtly and brutally Christian. As far as Christian music goes, this is usually a drawback in my book for the reason that most bands can’t seem to have their lyrics match the mood and tone of the music. Most super-Christian bands seem to be saying two things, and as a result, one or the other of those things seems fake or contrived. Unfortunately, it’s usually the music. This is completely not the case with DH, and especially not with Storm the Gates of Hell. I think the music is almost violent enough and the message is definitely militant enough to stand up and in opposition to albums like Demigod or Attera Totus Sanctus. That doesn’t mean that this release is better than those, but it’s in the ballpark. And that’s quite a feat, at least for me.

    Posted on January 29, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Wow! I used to have Demon Hunter’s debut album & I remember thinking that it was just OK, but after checking out ‘Storm the Gates of Hell’ I’m now ready to check out ALL of their albums! This is really refreshing for me as a metalhead because I have so many kinds of metal CDs but this one really just gives you eveything in one: the music’s heavy, it’s also melodic, it has some commercial sounding stuff but it also sounds too heavy for the mainstream & it’s positive! Who cares if they are a Christian metal band? I think it’s hypocritical of many metalheads to get down on Christian or Christian influenced metal bands for their beliefs yet they listen to many evil/violent influenced bands & say “I’m not evil or violent but I like the music.” You can say the same thing of Demon Hunter! I’m not Christian but the music sounds great so does it matter that they are Christian?? NO WAY! Give this a listen if you like all kinds of metal PERIOD!

    Posted on January 29, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • When Demon Hunter put the first clip on myspace, alot of people feared the worst. Alot of fans posted comments, pleading for Demon Hunter to stay heavy. Not to turn thier backs on Metal. Soon after “Fading Away” showed up on Headbangers Ball. It sounded like Demon Hunter with a few new tricks. Then “Storm the Gates of Hell” came to myspace like a bomb, blowing some people’s fears to kingdom come. When my copy showed up in the mail yesterday(Deluxe Fan Edition) I went straight to Stereo and sat down to the length of the disc. After it was over, I decided that Demon Hunter was still hunting. Everyone got worked up over nothing.

    After a few more listens, I decided to describe it for those people who weren’t sure. The album sounds like a combination of “Summer of Darkness” and “Triptych”, closer to “Summer of Darkness”. But of course there are a few new tricks up thier sleeves. Mostly in the vocals. Ryan hitting higher notes, and lower lows in his screams. A darker metal approach I guess you could say. The music is Demon Hunter with, in some spots, a little touch of Pantera. I could clearly hear a loving tribute to Pantera’s “A New Level” and “Mouth for War” in there. Being a Pantera fan since 1993, I was thrilled. The Album itself is written and put together like every other one, except this time there are less ballad-esque, pretty songs(pretty much just “Carry me Down). This album is a Storm, as the title suggests. The version with the 2 extra tracks is worth getting. Hear them any way you can.

    Posted on January 29, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Demon Hunter just keeps evolving… and each evolution gets better and better. And so it is with “Storm the Gates of Hell”. So few bands these days are growing musically and that’s why they fade away. Not so for our boys in DH. These guys just keep going and going and getting better and better. This release makes this point perfectly.

    This album is just as metal and brutal as ever. But, the song structure and vocals are better (read: mature). That’s the hallmark of a band composed of true musicians and not “rock stars”. They care about their music and their message. That’s rare in today’s rock world. But, that’s why DH will endure and continue to grow in populartiy and find favor with critics as well.

    In short this is a well written, well performed, well produced (thanks Aaron Sprinkle) heavy metal album. Once again, Demon Hunter pushes metal (both Christian and secular) forward and challenges the industry and fans with songs that others should aspire to. Brutal… attacking… melodic… hopeful.

    Buy this album… listen to it… you’ll realize why “Hell hath no fury at all”.

    Fave track pick (so far): Follow The Wolves

    Posted on January 29, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now