Year : 2012
Genre : Alternative Metal with Metalcore and Groove elements
Label : Solid State Records
Origin : United States
Rating : 9.0 / 10
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The new Demon Hunter LP arrives with an elegant trick, and that is to consort orthodox metalcore rhetorics with a much more ripe take on alternative metal incorporated into the fabrics than the variant of said element obtainable in the works of the stock-metalcore act. The top-form alternative fascinations of this disc are reeking top-form Stone Sour, and this influence is showing through the deeply melodic choruses. Segments that feature a strong mid-range vocal presence which exhibits only very mild interest in conforming to the OH!, so usual emo variant of the metalcore-chorus. After all, the chorus in emo metalcore "usually is" just a radio friendly example of alternative metal plus suckdom lyrics, share your opinion in the comment section if you think I'm deeply mistaken about this. (Too?) In the meantime though, read on to find out more about this ripped, curvatious sonic delivery.
The character similarities of this album with the Stone Sour alternative metal are so profound in my opinion, that I do not mind reiterating the notion. The "it" factor that makes this music work, always resides in the clever harmonic structure that invites the lead vocal to a happy collision that surely is a sight to see with the ears. Demon Hunter, according to my percepts, shows a pretty freely positioned propensity to submit more to a hefty variant of alternative metal than to the emo-ass crybaby teenager wankery, while, on occasion, they deliver their very own variant on the radio friendly Corey Taylor song, as well : yes, "Tomorrow Never Comes" is a Corey Taylor song at heart. And - LOOK! The next one, "Someone To Hate" starts out like "Mission Statement" from the latest Stone Sour LP. Oh well.
The disc is a pretty consistent and diligently focused contribution, even better/worse : I kind of am able to tolerate the emo hooks sometimes - really just sometimes - it seeks to appeal with. The reason behind this development is a disciplined approach towards super-orthodox emo metalcore traditions, in which the last remaining bit of metalcore's raw charisma is demanded and harvested by the Demon Hunter, no prob'. The song I have just been telling you about, "Someone To Hate", is a superb example of a metalcore track that is very hard to dismiss as uninspired, despite being metalcore to the - sorry about that - core. The chorus of this song is a thesis of metalcore.
After this fucking song, there is no further need to metalcore, in a sense.
On occasion, the emo factor is just a little bit more pronounced than the "ideal" for my personal tastes, - though I find the term "taste" disturbingly egotistical, and me, and myself agree - yet, luckily they most often are assuaged by a muscular groove. The melodic emo chorus hook of "This I Know" is an example of what you can chase me to hell and back with, but I can live happily with the grooving gargantuan rhythm guitars during the verse and the intermission.
With the BONUS! track, "I Am Stone", Demon Hunter not only acknowledges its rampant/recent Stone Sour influence in accordance with the Sigmund Freud ethos, - yeah, I know they have been around well before Stone Sour, which does not prevent this particular release to be a Stone Sour quasi-tribute when scrutinized from the angle of alternative metal - but it also seeks to exploit the timeless charisma of the "Therapy?" song "Diane". Watch out, gimps, I linked the uncensored version of the clip. "I Am Stone" is a shameless clone of the track in question, but I don't at all mind, because this Demon Hunter BONUS! song is a pretty elegant and powerful clone piece. Nicely realized, too. But listen to "Therapy?"'s "Diane" and tell me I'm wrong when I say Demon Hunter stole it with their "I Am Stone" delivery. The deal is straightforward, and realized in intact fashion: a brisk mini-orchestra and almost-top of the heat clean singing. My only caveat is that the singer thinks that he "needs" to micro-overemote in the chorus lines. WHY.
On multiple listens, the album eventually weighs in as a declaration that has capacity to deliver valiantly and legitimately towards quite a few forms of persistent expectations. It is full value-, minimal-emo-antics metalcore, legitimate and melodically elegant alternative metal, hell, even weighty melodic rock, - the track called "Dead Flowers" - while the little nuances here and there are doing a good job at flattering some rawmeat groove-, and some vile thrash methodologies.
I like this release greatly, because it is an easy AND serious recommendation for all aficionados of the mentioned subgenres of metal, and it is safe to say that even your mother and your evil neighbor will find at least something - if not ALL - to like steadily herein. You'd need to be a supremely bitter and deaf person to dismiss this as anything less than full value novelty music. Recommended.
!!EXTRA!! Which song of this album features a solo very similar to that of Metallica's One? !!EXTRA!!
First person not being able to answer the question gets a One ring tone. Excited?
Rating : 9.0 / 10
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