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Demon Hunter - "Storm The Gates of Hell" (CD)

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"Storm The Gates of Hell" track listing:

1. Storm The Gates Of Hell (2:44)
2. Lead Us Home (4:24)
3. Sixteen (5:18)
4. Fading Away (4:12)
5. Carry Me Down (4:32)
6. A Thread Of Light (3:35)
7. I Am You (4:14)
8. Incision (5:04)
9. Thorns (4:06)
10. Follow The Wolves (3:55)
11. Fiction Kingdom (4:53)
12. The Wrath Of God (4:06)

Reviewed by on May 22, 2008

"Throughout the years, many have wondered 'What would Jesus do'? Well, I will not pretend to know that answer, but something tells me that I know what he would listen to. Two words: Demon Hunter."

Throughout the years, many have wondered "What would Jesus do?" I will not pretend to know that answer, but something tells me that I know what he would listen to. Two words: Demon Hunter.

After listening to their two previous LP's, "Summer of Darkness" and "The Triptych," I've grown into a huge fan. Their previous effort started off with a beautiful Gregorian chant and then broke out. This album, dubbed "Storm The Gates of Hell," does just that. Immediately you can sense their ferociousness amidst beautifully written lyrics. From start to finish, "Storm The Gates of Hell" stands for everything this band believes in and everything they are. The album features a wide range of song styles, tons of breakdowns, tons of brutal riffs and plenty of beautifully melodic choruses.

My personal favorite of this album is "Fiction Kingdom," and it's one of the strongest statements made on the album. The chorus goes like this: "Dead is the way you stake your life on. The oblivious belief. What a waste to sell your spirit for." The song transitions from this very bright, clean chorus into the heavy riffs and then the breakdowns that follow. It's songs like this that define Demon Hunter and what they stand for.

Demon Hunter's music always has a lot of variety. One minute you are being pummeled by the heaviest riffs and fast double-bass drums with raw, screaming vocals, and the next, you are being hit by a gentle breeze that is their melodic, peaceful and clean choruses. If you were a fan of Demon Hunter's albums prior to "Storm The Gates of Hell," do yourself a favor and pick up this album. It's well worth listening to and it's been one of my favorite CDs since the day I picked it up.

Highs: There is not one bad track on this album.

Lows: There is nothing I would change about this album. It's amazing.

Bottom line: If you were a fan of their albums prior, do yourself a favor and pick up this album.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 skulls
5.0 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)