Original news, posted on 10.01.2010

Official press release

Demon Hunter will release The World Is A Thorn on March 9, 2010 in-stores and online.

The band's fifth album follows the landmark documentary 45 Days, last year's Live In Nashville collection and a catalog of landmark albums that have made the band one of the most important in the genre.

The World Is A Thorn was produced by the band's longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (Acceptance, Anberlin, The Almost) and mixed by powerhouse producer Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium). It's a pairing emblematic of how skillfully Demon Hunter has always blended metallic might with melody.

It's a well-worn cliche these days for a band to say their new album is "our heaviest but also our most melodic," but Demon Hunter delivers in spades with this release. Songs like "Descending Upon Us," "Lifewar" and the title track are by far the most aggressive of the band's career, "This is the Line" and "Collapsing" are a couple of the fist-pumping but still hard-driving anthems and "Driving Nails" is one of two ballads on the album the likes of which their fans have come to both expect and cherish.

The album formally introduces guitarists Patrick Judge (who joined the band as a touring guitarist in 2008 and is now a full-time member) and Ryan Helm (of The Ascendicate) with a new batch of songs written by co-founder and vocalist Ryan Clark. Yogi Watts returns with another jaw-dropping drum performance, backed up by longtime bass player Jonathan Dunn. The World Is A Thorn is a definitive mission statement from a band at a creative apex, firing on all cylinders with awe-inspiring intensity.

"The album title refers to the often harmful and destructive world that we live in," explains Clark. "Most of the songs deal with the current state of the nation and the world as a whole. In particular, the lyrics take aim at the ideals of a Godless people and the depletion of our morals and values."

Demon Hunter has always been a Christian band and has represented their point of view strongly, despite the larger trend of watered down philosophies that straddle the line for popularity's sake. This stance has won them respect from fellow believers and opposite points of view alike.

"In this age it has seemingly become more and more detestable to be a Christian," Clark elaborates. "Our opinions on social and political issues are no longer tolerated as valid and we are commonly viewed as the enemy. Subjective truth, self-love, unrestricted perversion, the destruction of morality: these are the things that have ultimately brought us to a place of depression and madness.

"This album is the antithesis of the modern way of life."


UPDATE (thanks to BudDa)

Demon Hunter have announced the tracklist for their upcoming release The World Is A Thorn.


The World Is A Thorn [cover art] tracklist:

01. Descending Upon Us
02. LifeWar
03. Collapsing
04. This Is The Line
05. Driving Nails
06. The World Is A Thorn
07. Tie This Around Your Neck
08. Just Breathe
09. Shallow Water
10. Feel As Though You Could
11. Blood In The Tears


Source: myspace.com
Band profile: Demon Hunter
 
Posted: 27.01.2010 by Dane Train



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StarBarer - 10.01.2010 at 15:51  
Nice,
I'm not so much into the whole religious aspect of the band but they can write some heavy songs and this their heaviest yet, so i cant wait to hear what this album has in store... i hope they got back to some of their older style because the new is kinda sounding like every other band out there. and the old was unique.
This band was one of the first metal bands started to listen to so even though i don't really listen to them anymore. i still listen to all their releases.
Locke - 10.01.2010 at 17:22  
Sounds like their Christian persecution complex is still in full swing, but retarded ideology or not these guys have always delivered consistently good albums. Looking forward to this.
Black Conundrum - 10.01.2010 at 23:42  
These people are respectable people. I just got done listening to their song "Undying", which I find pretty cool. I haven't heard much of their stuff, but what I have heard has either been great or decent.
Italics - 11.01.2010 at 01:50  
Written by Locke on 10.01.2010 at 17:22

Sounds like their Christian persecution complex is still in full swing, but retarded ideology or not these guys have always delivered consistently good albums. Looking forward to this.


non-Christians are the same way... constantly bitching and moaning about how the "rich, self-righteous religious bigots" look down on them and persecute them for being "different."
Everyone thinks they're a victim... and everyone is a hypocrite.
Kwis - 11.01.2010 at 15:10  
I've always enjoyed Demon Hunter and if this is anything like the marketing hype suggets, it's gonna be a cracker.
Locke - 11.01.2010 at 16:31  
Written by Italics on 11.01.2010 at 01:50

Written by Locke on 10.01.2010 at 17:22

Sounds like their Christian persecution complex is still in full swing, but retarded ideology or not these guys have always delivered consistently good albums. Looking forward to this.


non-Christians are the same way... constantly bitching and moaning about how the "rich, self-righteous religious bigots" look down on them and persecute them for being "different."
Everyone thinks they're a victim... and everyone is a hypocrite.

Yeah pretty much

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