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.