War Of Ages To Tour With As I Lay Dying, Demon Hunter
March 18, 2010
Xtian metallers, War of Ages
, have just announced a spring tour with As I Lay Dying
and Demon Hunter
, which is scheduled to kick off on April 29th. The band will be supporting their forthcoming album, 'Eternal'
(4/13), which you can pre-order at this location
As I Lay Dying
Spring Tour w/ Demon Hunter
, War Of Ages
4/29 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
4/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
5/01 - Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Courtyard
5/02 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
5/03 - DesMoines, IA @ Peoples Court
5/04 - Springfield, MO @ Remington's Downtown
5/05 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
5/06 - Richmond, VA @ The National
5/07 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
5/08 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
5/09 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
5/10 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
5/11 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
5/12 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
5/13 - Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
5/14 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theare
5/15 - Maona, UT @ The Great Salt Air
5/16 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory (Boise)
5/17 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory (Spokane)
5/18 - Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
5/20 - Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory (Reno)
5/21 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
5/22 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Scribbles And Bits...
January 30, 2010
Southern California extremists, Oblige
, who seemed to have fallen off the grid for some time with no real news or updates, have returned with a scathing brand new track entitled "Drip Drip
", which can be streamed now via the band's Official Myspace page
UK Death Metallers, Martyr Defiled
, have posted a brand new song entitled "Plaguebearer
" on their Official Myspace page
. The track, which is taken from their as yet untitled forthcoming full length album, features a guest vocal appearance from Steve Regan
(Annotations Of An Autopsy
Polish extreme metallers, Before A Burning Earth
) have made songs from their 'Doomsday Is Coming'
EP release available for free download at this location
. The EP is also available for purchase through the band and comes in Digipack format with a t-shirt.
Belgian tech melodic death metallers, The End Of All Reason
will be heading into the studio tomorrow for the first day of vocal recordings. Updates on the bands progress in the studio will be posted on the band'y Myspace page
as well as here when they are made available.
Philly metallers, A Life Once Lost
, who much like Oblige
have been hibernating for far too long already, have finally posted an update via the band's Myspace page
: "Working on finishing writing the album starting this week...bout time. We were a sleeping giant...New album will shred." Look forward to a new album later this year.
Washington's Xtian metalcore titans, Demon Hunter
, as a part of their "50 Days Of Demon Hunter
" campaign leading up to the release of their new album 'The World Is A Thorn'
, have posted a Photo Shoot Vlog at this location
Chicago's own meshuggahcore titans, Veil Of Maya
, have issued the following update via their official myspace blog
: "We have completed the tracking on our new album titled [id]
. The album was produced by Michael Keene
), and is expected to see an April 2010 release date. A brand new song from the album will premier the second week of February on this Myspace page . Until then, you can hear a couple new songs live on our headline tour with support from Animals As Leaders
, Circle Of Contempt
. Following the headliner we will take part in this year's Atticus Metal Tour II
, Stick To Your Guns
, The Ghost Inside
Demon Hunter 'Live In Nashville' CD Release Details
January 16, 2009
Seattle’s christian metallers, Demon Hunter
, will proudly be releasing their next effort - a live recording entitled, 'Live in Nashville'
- on January 27, 2009 on Solid State Records
. The video footage of the Nashville performance was included in the band's November DVD release, '45 Days'
. This is the first time that concert will be available in audio format.
Please check out the band’s Myspace Page
for two songs from the live offering; “I Am You
”, and “Lead Me Home
”. This live performance was recorded on June 26, 2008 at Nashville’s Rockettown during the “Stronger Than Hell Tour
'Live In Nashville'
track listing is as follows:
1) Storm the Gates of Hell
2) Lead Us Home
4) I Am You
5) Carry Me Down
6) Fading Away
7) The Soldier’s Song
8 ) Follow The Wolves
12) My Heartstrings Come Undone
13) Not I
14) Not Ready To Die
is presenting an exclusive pre-order to the cd release at this location
. The pre-order package comes with a double sided 11" by 17" poster, as well as a heavy duty embossed Demon Hunter
dogtag with ball chain.
Demon Hunter 3-Disc DVD Due Out In November
October 7, 2008
Seattle, WA Christcore unit, Demon Hunter
, is set to unveil their brand new 3-disc release, '45 Days'
. Due in stores November 25 and comprised of two DVDs and 1 CD, '45 Days'
documents the band's tour in support of last year's 'Storm the Gates of Hell'
as well as the band's intense connection with their fans, with many stories directly from the "hunters" themselves.
"The stories they've told us have inspired many of our songs and in turn I believe many of our songs connect with our fans in a very personal way," explains Demon Hunter
vocalist and co-founder Ryan Clark
. "We communicate with our fans as much as we possibly can which allows us to better understand them. We see them as friends. And we learn from each other. Some of the stories that we've received from them are so intense, so heartfelt, that we wanted to document them and share them with the rest of the world. Our fans are truly the lifeblood of the band."
In addition to being the founders and creative force behind Demon Hunter
and his brother, guitarist Don Clark
, are the Grammy
nominated designers behind Invisible Creature
. The firm has handled CD packaging and assorted artwork for a number of clients, including Foo Fighters
, Chris Cornell
, Machine Head
applied that same meticulous attention to detail and aesthetic mastery to Demon Hunter's '45 Days'
, as they do with all of their releases. The '45 Days'
documentary itself, found on disc 1, owes more to the Oasis
film "Lord Don't Slow Me Down
" and Sigur Ros'
" than the typical band documentary. Filmed during this past summer's "Stronger Than Hell Tour
," '45 Days'
is rich and cinematic in scope. The film was entirely shot and edited by Cale Glendening
-- an up-and-coming director from Tulsa, Oklahoma whom the Clarks
stumbled upon online.
"We came across a simple video diary that Cale
shot for a band, and we could just tell that he had an eye for it," Ryan
remembers. "He takes amazing photographs, his video footage is very artistic and beautiful, and he just knows how to put things together. The documentary is less like a standard music documentary and more of an artistic endeavor."
The movie follows the band on tour and is interspersed with stories from fans, including a soldier recently returned from the Middle East; a mother, fiance and best friend in grief and more. "The documentary highlights the lives of our fans just as much as our lives. It's not just a band on the road. It's way deeper and more emotional than that."
Disc 2 is a full live set captured during the tour from several angles in Nashville, Tennessee, with pro-audio produced and mixed by JR McNeely
). Disc 3, the audio CD portion, contains the original film's instrumental score written exclusively for the movie and produced by the band's longtime producer Aaron Sprinkle
, The Almost
). The disc also includes an acoustic version of "Fading Away
" and a piano version of "Carry Me Down
The packaging is as outstanding as what the band's fans have come to expect and easily sits alongside any of the packages both Clarks
have earned Grammy
nominations for over the last few years. "We wanted nothing but the best. This is a 3 disc set, so we have it packaged in a 3 disc digi-pack with a 20 page booklet," Ryan
says enthusiastically. "The packaging is full of amazing photos, shot by Cale
, from throughout the tour, and the vibe of the package is intended to fit the vibe of the documentary and soundtrack."
is scheduled for a November 25, 2008 release through Solid State
You can view the trailer for '45 Days' here
. (Quicktime required)
For more information on Demon Hunter
, visit any of the following sites: www.demonhunter.net
, or www.solidstaterecords.com
Demon Hunter Post New Track Online
September 21, 2007
A new Demon Hunter
track, entitled "Fading Away
", has been posted online on the group's MySpace page
. The song comes off the Seattle-based Christian metallers' upcoming fourth album, 'Storm the Gates of Hell'
, due on November 6 via Solid State Records
. The CD was produced by Aaron Sprinkle
, The Almost
). Mixing duties were handled by Machine
(Lamb Of God
, White Zombie
, Armor For Sleep
vocalist Ryan Clark
previously stated about the new CD, "Let me just say that, although every band always says their most recent record is their best, this new record is without a doubt Demon Hunter
at our very finest and most creative. We've really pushed the boundaries of the music we're used to playing in Demon Hunter
, and I believe, in metal music in general. It's a very diverse record. I tend to view Demon Hunter
as a fairly diverse band to begin with, but there is some material on this record that covers some very new ground. I sing in ways I've never sung before. The guitar tones are different than any previous record. There are songs that are far faster and more brutal than we've ever done. Overall, I feel this record will undoubtedly make you all pleasantly surprised."
HOME TOWN: Seattle, WA
It's rare that a heavy metal band delivers on the promise of a record that's "heavier than ever yet more melodic," but Demon Hunter has done exactly that with The World is a Thorn, their fifth studio album.
The World is a Thorn follows the breathtaking and sometimes heartbreaking documentary 45 Days and a catalog of landmark albums that have made the band one of the most important in the genre. It was produced by longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (Acceptance, Anberlin, The Almost) and mixed by Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium, Chimaira). It's a pairing emblematic of how skillfully Demon Hunter has always blended metallic might with melody.
Songs like "Descending Upon Us," "Lifewar" and the title track are by far the most aggressive of the band's career and tracks like "This is the Line" and "Collapsing" are hard-driving, fist-pumping anthems while "Driving Nails" and "Blood in the Tears" are ballads the likes of which their fans, "the Hunters," both expect and cherish.
Guitarist Patrick Judge, who made his debut with the band on the Live in Nashville collection, is joined by new guitarist Ryan Helm (The Ascendicate). They lend their talents to a new batch of songs written by co-founder / 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 recalls the best of the genre's past while pushing the envelope forward at the same time.
"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."
The World is a Thorn follows previous studio albums Storm the Gates of Hell (2007), The Triptych (2005), Summer of Darkness (2004) and Demon Hunter (2002), as well as the live album and three disc CD / DVD set 45 Days, which have sold close to a combined half a million copies. It's an incredible feat for a band that has yet to venture from North America and has never toured regularly.
"Fading Away," the first video / single from Storm the Gates of Hell, has received over 1 million views on YouTube. That song, "Carry Me Down," "Undying," "One Thousand Apologies," "Not Ready to Die" and "Infected" -- to name a few -- have all been staples of Christian, college and speciality radio and featured continuously on MTV2's Headbangers Ball and Fuse. Ryan Clark was featured on the cover of Revolver in 2006 as part of their "Christian Metal" cover story and they are regularly a huge draw at festivals.
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.
Demon Hunter's level of commitment to the quality and presentation of their music is matched only by their attention to detail with their packaging and overall aesthetics. Ryan Clark's graphic design firm he co-owns with his brother Don (formerly of Demon Hunter), Invisible Creature, has racked up several Grammy nominations in the packaging category.
The fans match that passion and dedication, proudly displaying the group's symbol on their social networking pages and tattooing it on their bodies. The connection these men have made with their audience is staggeringly beyond compare.
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. 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.