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Limited Edition also contains a bonus DVD approximately one half hour in duration that contains the video for ”Stupid Girl” as well as footage from the recording of the album and the making of the video.Though Cold’s music has become more melodic and accessible, that doesn’t mean that they’ve turned over a new leaf. Scratch the surface and you’ll find these Florida soreheads are still mad at the world, but happily able to channel that rage into compelling, brainy head-banging. In fact, it wouldn’t be going too far to call them post-alt-metal Beck, what with their collage of disparate sounds and effects and their self-referential declarations, mimicking the diminutive singer’s early outings: ”I’m a loner / I’m a loser / I’m a winner in my own mind / I’m a bad one / I’m a good one / I’m a sick one with a smile.” But they’re not just a hardened bunch of nihilists. Their bleak worldview is rescued by a staunch sense of self and the quaint but sweet notion of the healing power of love. The affection of a good, but flawed woman is pervasive on the album’s 13 tracks. With Scooter Ward’s powerful vocals, inventive guitar interplay, and Sam McCandless’ nonstop primal bashing, Cold, after 15 years together, are outshining mentors Limp Bizkit. –Jaan Uhelszki

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  • First off, I am a DIE-HARD Atheist and I listen to this. That should go to show that there isn’t really anything that you can tell is Christian. Ah, Why ramble? On to the Review!

    Not Ready to Die 5/5 This song immediately caught my attention, there’s a short, hypnotic riff in the beginning and opens up into a Death Metal Onslaught, screaming and singing at the same time makes this sound WONDERFUL.

    The Awakening 3.9/5 It’s a good song, but the lack of good verses kind of kills it. Also, the bridge goes on too long. REALLY top-notch chorus though!

    Beheaded 5/5 This song features a guest vocalist. (I think Killswitch Engage, but I’m not exactly sure) There’s a neat bass line in the chorus to go along with the high-pitched growl.

    My Heartstrings Come Undone 5/5 This is the only song with NO SCREAMING. It is still a wonderful song though, the lyrics are very well done too.

    Our Faces Fall Apart 4/5 This song has a very cool beginning, but the rest is just OK. The bridge doesn’t seem like it was really needed.

    Less Than Nothing 5/5 A short, sweet song with a very catchy chorus. It sounds like they say the f-word in the beginning, but they don’t. The intro riff is pretty good too.

    Summer of Darkness 6/5 This is one of the coolest songs on the album. I’ve always loved title tracks, and this is NO exception. The higher guitar notes sound like the ones in Slipknot’s “I Am Hated” On the Iowa album. The opening scream goes for about 20 seconds. cool crap!

    Beauty Through the Eyes of a Predator 10000000000000000000/5 This is the best song ever! The chorus is wonderful, and it’s also the longest, this is a MUST LISTEN.

    Annihilate the Corrupt 5/5 Another A+ Chorus here folks, a good bridge guitar line and REALLY good lyrics.

    I Play Dead 5/5 Interesting, it starts very soft and blows up on your face the first 1/4 of the song. COOL!

    Everything Was White 5/5 Fun song to headbang to. The 1/2 second of silence towards the end in the guitar line was wonderful.

    Coffin Builder 5/5 INCREDIBLE lyrics here all of you Metal Freex. Good guitar and bass too.

    My life,
    fell out of my hands,
    they took it away,

    The Latest and the Last 4/5 Good closing song, ends with a real BANG!

    Get it NOW! And get The Triptych on the 25th too. Go, the reviews over…….GO!

    Posted on January 21, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album by Demon Hunter is simply amazing, I was completly blown away the first time I heard this album, and every time I listen to it again, I shocked and amazed on how awesome it is. This is the best Christian hardcore album since; “Immortal Until Their Work is Done” by Overcome. Musically the album is one of the best I have ever heard, and lyrically it’s great too. Ryan Clark has really grown spiritually since his days in training for utopia, in recent interviews he admits, to hiding his faith (Chritianity) during his days in TFU, where now he admits to being bold in his Christian walk. This album is also very well produced by Aaron Sprikle, who’s brother (Jesse) is the drummer of Demon Hunter. If you have ever been a hardcore fan or currently into hardcore you must buy this album.

    Posted on January 21, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I heard of this band back in 2002 but wrote them off because of their name (it just screams black metal). To my surprise I found one of their tracks,” Infected”, on the Headbanger’s Ball Vol. 1 album and fell in love with them. So for months to come I searched endlessly to find their first album. Then a wile later I heard another track, “heart Strings Come Undone”, and gave up the search and just ordered them off the net. I could have not been more surprised at the turnout of each album. Man was I wrong! The lead singer has a most unique voice to the point where you either like it or not. Much to the same effect as Atreyu. The band sends a very uplifting message through each of their songs. But then to learn that this band is actually Christian Death Metal really sent me for a loop. I started analyzing each song to find the meaning and came to all my conclusions. So in closing I wouldn’t waste anymore time reading reviews if I were you. Click on the order now button and let the experience begin! Rock on, rock on.

    Posted on January 21, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Okay. So I heard Demon Hunter was in town doing a show. But I was short on cash that week, plus I had family commitments with my wife and kids. What to do?

    A few days later I plunked down the “concert” money on “Summer of Darkness” and had the chance to listen to Demon Hunter for hours on end. I’d still love to see them live, but this CD is a fantastic consolation prize. Although my first time through it, I thought it had less variety and poorer production than “The Triptych,” I started to change my mind on the third and fourth spins. Now, I’m torn. This album rocks harder than “The Triptych”–which is a good thing! Yet “The Triptych” has better lyrics. Overall, a toss-up between the two.

    Whereas some groups know how to scream, and others know how to write good lyrics, Demon Hunter combines the two and creates its own accessible, yet unique sound for those like me who enjoy a daily ear-shredding. They better be planning a fourth!

    Posted on January 21, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Demon Hunter is better than ever in their sophmore album. Hard core thrash metal is artfully combined with creative melodics to form a fresh sound. Unlike some heavy metal where every song sounds the same, each song sounds fantastically different. A lot of hard work, talent and creativity went into this album and it shows. If you are looking for some fresh heavy metal than this album is definitly for you. Also, the lyrics are clean if that is concern for you. I would recommend this cd to anyone who enjoys rock.

    Posted on January 21, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now