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Storm The Gates Of Hell by Demon Hunter

There's a spiritual war brewing across the globe, in the heart of humanity - a war within, and without. Now is the time to lay aside the fruitless distractions of the world, to stand in the face of adversity, stake your claim and choose your side. Now is the time to join with Demon Hunter and STORM THE GATES OF HELL.

Demon Hunter's boldly titled new album arrives as the groundswell beneath the band threatens to erupt and dominate all in their path. It's fair warning to the cookie-cutter bands cluttering the scene and the vacuous mainstream alike. The "Hunters" in the "Blessed Resistance," as the band's most devoted fans are known, have championed the cause since day one and are making their voices heard throughout the underground.

STORM THE GATES OF HELL contains Demon Hunter's most jaw-dropping and aggressive material, recalling the best and brightest of thrash metal's glory days on tracks like the barnstorming opener and "The Wrath of God." Alternately, songs like first single "Fading Away" give the best of Modern Rock a run for its money, and the ballad "Carry Me Down" threatens to eclipse previous fan favorites like "My Heartstrings Come Undone."

"To deem the entire heavy metal genre as somehow morally unacceptable is a naive thing to do," notes singer and lyricist Ryan Clark. "What we do, as Demon Hunter, tends to appeal to young people. But instead of giving them a message of despair and hopelessness, we offer hope."

"Sixteen" directly addresses the milquetoast bands overcrowding magazines and clubs with this message: as more authentic music crawls and fights its way through, your fifteen minutes is nearing its inevitable end. "Thorns" is infused with a romantic darkness on the musical side, with a firm message against suicide in the lyrics. "Lead Us Home" is as big an anthem as the band has ever written. "I Am You" is another song to rally behind, letting the listener know that struggles are shared and that hope exists. "Follow the Wolves" encourages us to stand apart from the pack, to seek the truth and serve.

Lead guitarist Ethan Luck sets the frets on fire on STORM THE GATES OF HELL, with drummer Tim "Yogi" Watts raising the bar even higher than before alongside longtime bass player Jon Dunn and founding members/ songwriters Ryan and Don Clark, on vocals and guitar, respectively.

Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (The Almost, Emery) and mixed by Machine (Lamb Of God, White Zombie), Demon Hunter's new album follows in the wake of The Triptych, which has sold over 100,000 copies in the US.

"Undying" and "One Thousand Apologies" were staples on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" and Fuse TV. Ryan Clark was featured on the cover of Revolver in 2006 as part of their "Christian Metal" cover story. AOL Music named Demon Hunter one of ten "Artists to Watch."

The Clark brothers cut their teeth in the Northern California hardcore scene before forming Training For Utopia, an experimental and genre-bending noisecore outfit reminiscent of Neurosis and Coalesce who helped to shape and redefine the parameters of possibility within the scene.

An instantly iconic symbol (the skull of a dead demon with a bullet hole through its head) and an air of mystery fueled interest in Demon Hunter before they ever recorded a note of music. The brilliantly catchy and wonderfully metallic self-titled debut that followed more than delivered on that promise in 2002.

The band's classic sophomore album, Summer of Darkness, boasted guest appearances from members of Killswitch Engage and other friends and contemporaries. A heavy blast of power, the album also featured the beautiful ballad "My Throat is an Open Grave," which has become a centerpiece at many fans weddings. It also spawned the single "Not Ready to Die," which was featured on the soundtrack to "Resident Evil: Apocalypse."

Demon Hunter's level of commitment to the quality and presentation of their music is matched only by their attention of detail to their packaging and overall aesthetics. The Clarks graphic design firm has been twice nominated at the Grammys in the design category. And their fans match their passion, proudly displaying their Demon Hunter tattoos in the "top friends" on the band's MySpace and other social networking websites.

Demon Hunter is an anomaly in today's heavy music scene, jettisoning fashionable trends and easily recognizable cliches in favor of traditional heavy metal power and melodic hooks. STORM THE GATES OF HELL recalls the best of the genre's past, from Pantera, Metallica, Sepultura, Believer and Living Sacrifice (vocalist/guitarist Bruce Fitzhugh guests) while looking forward at the same time, pushing the envelope with flourishing keyboards and vocal highs.

These are dark times which call for dark, aggressive and heavy but ultimately uplifting and spirit-filled music to help power us through. Demon Hunter's powerful symbolism speaks to greater truths that are out there to investigate. It is time to conquer the darkness. It is time to STORM THE GATES OF HELL.

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A Thread Of Light ()

These words are a weapon for the ones in pain
A fair fight for the children of a lesser name
We are the war against the sick and fatal fall of man
A hollow tip to the notion of a Godless stand
Quick to slam the gavel on a true solution
You let the fear become a stranglehold
Tear it all apart so you can render your own belief
You never listened to what you were told

Condemned
You built a wall, disbelief is all you left us
Reaction
Without a thought, your resolve is to reject us

[Chorus:]
You found your darkness stands on a thread of pinhole light
And all you wanted was perfection
You found your darkness stands on a thread of pinhole light
So all you are is contradiction

You buried the chance in a self-righteous glance
So your sons and your daughters were safe
But your imperfect path is a heart made of glass
And the world is a charming grenade

Condemned
You built a wall, disbelief is all you left us
Reaction
Without a thought, your resolve is to reject us

[Chorus]

[Our intentions as a band have been questioned since day one, often times by Christians that don't understand why we play heavy metal and look the way that we do. We always take the time to explain to these people why we do what we do, and try to help them understand the importance of our music. Most people are receptive to that, but many choose to remain ignorant to our world and our motives.

Christian parents want their children to grow up on the straight and narrow. That's understandable, and commendable. But what happens when the child is faced with the influences of their friends and the world around them? You can hope and pray that they make the right decisions, but in many cases, kids go through a phase where they have the desire to rebel and break away from the care and concern of their parents.

In our day and age, many kids cling to music. Different types of music appeal to different types of kids, and heavy metal is still a very popular style of music amongst young people. To forbid this style of music altogether begs for rebellion. Not only that, but to deem an entire genre unacceptable is a bold and nave thing to do. What we do as Demon Hunter tends to appeal to young people, but instead of giving them a message of despair and hopelessness, we offer one of a Christ-centered world-view and of hope.

Kids see music as something that defines them. They can either be defined by worldly music, or by positive, Christ-centered music. Although some parents may hear our music and jump to the conclusion that we must condone evil because we have a heavy sound and the vocals can seem very abrasive, what they don't know is that their kids dig deeper than that. Kids don't stop at the appearance. They get into the music in a way that their parents could never imagine them doing. They learn about the band, meticulously read the lyrics, and they look to get something out of it. At an impressionable age, they may very well take to heart whatever it is they're being told in a song. What we offer them is a Christian perspective. It's just wrapped in a package that looks a little more aggressive than what you might be used to seeing in Christian music. And if you ask why we would appear that way, I would ask why your child is interested in listening to us.

This kind of music can truly be a weapon against the spiritual warfare that kids face these days. I don't want to knock other Christian artists, because they all have their place, but if we were speaking metaphorically, what kind of weapon would you call contemporary Christian pop, and what kind of weapon would you call Christian heavy metal?

I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old- what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.
-Psalms 78: 2-4]

Copyright 2007 Demon Hunter

#1Storm The Gates Of Hell
#2Lead Us Home
#3Sixteen
#4Fading Away
#5Carry Me Down
#6A Thread Of Light
#7I Am You
#8Incision
#9Thorns
#10Follow The Wolves
#11Fiction Kingdom
#12The Wrath Of God
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