I agree! Demon Hunter have really taken it up to another level on OUTLIVE and EXTREMIST. Both feel like their own "greatest hits" in a way...just very refined & tasteful melodic heavy music. Really dig it!
Id say that True Defiance was a bit more memorable than The World Is A Thorn but yeah theyve really been running on the same formula. Extremist was definitely their worst due to overkill on the softer ballad-like songs but Artificial Light was a great song ill agree on that, havent listened to much off of the new album but it doesnt seem like the greatest improvement. Ill stick to their first four releases.
Yeah it's an amazing hook & an all-around sick track. The vocals in the verse are some of the most melodic Ryan Clark vocals ever... love when the open hi-hat groove kicks in & the momentum that the squeal before the 2nd prechorus provides. Superb!!!
По началу испугался что альбом не очень, но они просто все крутые вещи оставили на вторую половину. И это просто бомба! Как всегда порадовали черти христианские.) Ну и звучок такой нормальный, прокачанный)
Died In My Sleep is one hell of a song. The guitar riffs are fantastic (love the increased technicality), Clark is amazing as always, and the electronics are a welcome addition. Outlive so far is shaping up to be one hell of an album.
Same here I'm always pumping him up on Twitter & he's retweeted & replied to me a couple times... I think he's been a big reason why DH seem to be peaking & reaching a whole new stratosphere on their previous 2 records (and I'm STOKED for "Outlive"!)
I'm not your gateway / I'm not your prodigal son / I am the vile lesser-than / Just who do you think I am? / I'm not your standard / I'm not your vision divine / I am no sacrificial lamb / Just who do you think I am? / I am Death
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...