See, to me this band needed to be recommended to people like me who are fans of amazing bands like PANTERA and SOILWORK. If you like those 2 bands you'll probably appreciate some DEMON HUNTER. I'm very against tagging it all... Fans of PRONG and later TESTAMENT... should know Demon Hunter.
There are 2 types of music... good music and bad music. If you weren't "told" they were a Christian band one could easily interpret them as just being a deeply spiritual band that clearly believes in a 'higher power'...their sound has a lot of elements of some of my favorite (metal) bands of all-time like Pantera, Soilwork and later Testament. Whether they're "Christian" or not is irrelevant to me
Extremist has some damn good production and instrumentation....I just hope Ryan's not running out of lyrics inspiration. Artificial Light, The Last One left Alive, I Will Fail You and The Heart of a Graveyard have awesome lyrics, but the rest feel a bit lacking. It'd be awesome if they did more tracks like Artificial Light from now on, though...it sounds like Soilwork mixed with The World is a Thorn's overall style, and it works AWESOMELY!
The major difference is just how tight the actual band has gotten. This is definitely my favorite DH lineup. Ryan's singing and his vocal hooks have reached another level. "Extremist" is by far my favorite... 2nd favorite is "The Triptych"
I must agree with these previous Shouts. To me, "Extremist" is one of their best since "Summer of Darkness". There will always be something with "Summer of Darkness" for me, but "Extremist" is amazingly melodic and I love that Ryan has even more cleans in this album. Still and always will be my favorite Christian band.
Extremist is a great album.  In my opinion...overall it is their most evolved and cohesive work to date. It got me hooked on the band for what has now been close to 6 months...They're inside My Top 20 which (if you look at my charts) is miraculous
They're not trying to repeat themselves... "Extremist" to me is BY FAR when you add everything together collectively... their STRONGEST effort... hands down, in my opinion. Slightly different flavor sure but it's the BEST THING they've done to me...
Zach216: Now, after even some more listens i can safely say ,that some of the songs i didn't get into at first are growing quickly on me :) "Beyond Me" is still bugging me for some reason, but i finally found things that i can appreciate in the other songs.I feel that together with "Storm the Gates of Hell" (BTW: if you didnt' check the bonus song "Grand Finale" ,go for it,it's imo an totally awesome song that should've been on the record as a regular track https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShDrizrZGDg ) and "Summer of Darkness" ,this might be my fav. DH record :-)
My favorite tracks are "Artificial Light" (watch the video of Ryan explaning how it's about other bands of today who are selling a rather fake... hollow product) that meaning is just awesome! "The Last One Alive" is just so direct (about sticking to what you believe & not changing/deterring from your P.O.V. if you feel strongly about something... even if you're the last one alive) "I Will Fail You" about how we as humans are going to constantly disappoint and the songs about sort of accepting that. "In Time" is just such a complete track... simple chorus that I LOVE. The riffing throughout the entire record is amazing as are some of the leads... "Gasoline" definitely blows my mind and is unlike anything they've ever really done. I give this album a 9.5/10... that's having heard it about 25x through now for nearly 2 months... I'm insanely picky w/metal; Pantera and Soilwork are 2 of the greatest bands of all time & I feel this new album is on THAT caliber. 1st DH record ever that is!
-Lancman- I can kind of understand what you're saying... but I think more people need to invest in high-quality headphones. You'll appreciate the details as well as just the uniqueness & atmosphere a band like Demon Hunter has. The "Extremist" to me is just SO complete from top-to-bottom. Production-wise their best tones and production, w/o a doubt to me! I get what you're saying about a couple of choruses sounding like they slow-down & sit in a similar sounding key... but the more I listen to it... there's other stuff going on besides a catchy chorus (if you're paying attention...) this album flows seamlessly & contains NO filler at all, imo
This is how i feel like after quite some listens. Never really get into : "Beyond Me","Artificial Light" and "Hell Don't Need Me" (the choruses felt kinda sterille to me,Artificial got great heavy parts thou) "The Heart Of a Graveyard" is totally awesome and my fav track from the album. Also these guys EXCEL with ballads (Last one Alive is kinda "balladish" hit song + I Will Fail You has great deep vocals...these are awesome -- "Hell Don't Need Me" is just so-so with some good parts) "Gasoline" didn't get me at first, but that part : "We'll watch these flames..." is just amazingly fitting "Cross to Bear" is heavy as hell and its a great song, but i think it could have been shorter. "What i'm Not" another excellent super catchy song,those prechoruses work SO well with the chorus! "In Time" Another heavier track with simple BUT so goddamn effective clean-sung chorus with a beautiful acoustic outro (i f*cking love that :) ) "One Last Song" Another grower song ...and well thats it :)
I'll admit I'm slightly perturbed last.fm couldn't gather from my preferences (Soilwork, Pantera, Nothingface, etc.) that this band would be EXACTLY what hits the spot. It shouldn't have taken me until 2014 (and Age 24) to get into Demon Hunter...but better late than never I suppose! Extremist is an awesome record and I'm enjoying some of their earlier material. "The Triptych" was quite a turning point for this band!
Machine Head... another band Demon Hunter can occasionally resemble... I mean all of this in a vague sense. I could care less what religion the guys are (it's not like he says God, 20x per song... musically there's no way that this is "traditional Christian sounding music") What I'm most concerned with the quality of their music, which (the more I listen to it) is superb! They should DEFINITELY tour with Soilwork...that NEEDS to happen!
I think those similar artists are there more because they all dabble in so called "Christian Metal" or "Christian Metalcore" whatever. I think it's having more to do with them all being somewhat genre related rather than really musically related but I can't really be 100% on that considering I listen to absolutely none of those bands.
It's amusing to me how their "similar artists" are mainly all bands I've never heard of... in actuality if there are any bands I hear bits-and-pieces of in (especially newer) Demon Hunter... it's Pantera as well as Soilwork. 2 of my top 3 metal bands of all time so it's certainly not a bad thing to have some commonalities with such elite caliber/ground-breaking bands...