Demon Hunter – Extremist

demonhuntercoverDemon Hunter
Extremist
(Solid State Records)

In Solid State Records’ long and storied history, one name that has consistently been a pillar of strength in their roster in terms of sales and fan base is Demon Hunter.  With the release of their now 7th studio release Extremist, Demon Hunter has proven themselves to be a little bit of an old hat.  It’s an unfortunate situation for a band so immensely talented, but there’s nothing fresh on Extremist.  It’s one thing to take a new spin on an old style, it’s something completely different to put forth an effort that’s completely stale.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely an audience for this album, radio rock DJ’s are undoubtedly super jazzed.  Their crowd of fevered  fringe metal fans who haven’t yet decided to make the move from mainstream to underground are stoked.  The very distinct blend of technical riffs, 80s metal, some southern rock influences, occasional electronics and those massively overproduced melodies throughout the chorus are a cookie cutter formula for album sales once it hits the radio rotations.

The worst part about it is when you listen to the record closely, you can hear the musical abilities the band has.  Each person in this group has got some chops, and it just feels like they’re capable of so much better instead of riding the coat tails of the nu-metal era into mainstream success.  We’re not here to hate on success, don’t take it the wrong way, but there’s something to be said about being successful doing something meaningful rather than gaining popularity by being that record that 30 to 40 something dads keep in their car to say “see, I’m cool”.  Call it harsh if you’d like, I prefer the term honest.

Track Listing:
1. Death
2. Artificial Light
3. What I’m Not
4. The Last One Alive
5. I Will Fail You
6. One Last Song
7. Cross To Bear
8. Hell Don’t Need Me
9. In Time
10. Beyond Me
11. Gasoline
12. The Heart Of A Graveyard

Demon Hunter is Old Hat. The very distinct blend of technical riffs, 80s metal, some southern rock influences, occasional electronics and those massively overproduced melodies throughout the chorus are a cookie cutter formula for album sales once it hits the radio rotations.
Style & Structure25
Lyrical Content15
Replay Factor10
Production Quality50

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Your friendly neighborhood Music Editor. Band guy turned promoter, then publicist. Exited publicity to manage a merchandising company. Now I write about music again, because it's my first love.