Demon Hunter – “Outlive”

 Posted by on May 7, 2017 at 20:22  No Responses »
May 072017
 

Before I get on with my review, I would like to mention that this band was a favourite of the late TMR Reviewer, Peter Willoughby, fondly remembered as the “WhiteMetalMan”, and in his honour I take it upon myself to hear this album through his ears and review it as he would have. So here it is.

Demon Hunter, an American Christian Metalcore band formed by the two Clark brothers, emerged the scene in 2000, and are out with their eighth studio album “Outlive” which was released by Solid State Records on March 31, 2017. Ryan and Don played together previously in Coalesce and Neurosis. Ryan had previously played guitar in hardcore band Focal Point, and released an album on Tooth & Nail/Solid State when he was still in his teens. Don left the band to pursue a career in Graphic design and family obligations.

As a headlining act, Demon Hunter helped introduce audiences to bands like August Burns Red. They’ve co-headlined with Red and toured as direct support for both In Flames and As I Lay Dying in the United States and parts of Canada. They’ve travelled to South America, Europe, and Australia, headlining major festivals and club shows alike. Continue reading »

Mar 312017
 

“Outlive”, the new album from Demon Hunter, can be streamed in its entirety in the YouTube playlist below. Released on March 31 through a partnership with Solid State Records, the disc is the band’s eighth overall and the follow-up to 2014’s “Extremist”.

Demon Hunter has shared the track listing and the final two covers for “Outlive”. The covers revealed here are exclusive to both retail and to this pre-order. The first cover is for the digital and CD versions. The second cover is for the double vinyl.

The band will also release a beautifully packaged “Outlive” box set that will certainly appeal to Demon Hunter‘s legion of diehard fans. The box set includes two bonus tracks, a behind-the-scenes DVD, photo cards, booklet, poster, bandana, a ring, and more. It is housed in a drawer-style box with metallic gold detail and is a true collector piece.

“EUROPE! We are headlining the CVJM Loud and Proud Festival 2017 in Germany, 21st of October! This is the only European appearance we have scheduled this year. Hope to see as many of you there as possible!” (please see poster below).

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Feb 102017
 

Here is the official lyric video of Death Therapy‘s brand new single ‘Slow Dance (With Death)’ the track appears on Death Therapy‘s debut album “The Storm Before The Calm” which will release on February 24th, with pre-orders available now! Pre-Order your copy on CD, Digital Download, or as part of a T-Shirt bundle today! The video can be seen below.

Started as the side project of Jason Wisdom, former frontman of Becoming The Archetype and no stranger to Solid State records, the project morphed into a full time project consisting of Jason Wisdom and Josh Seagraves. Death Therapy combines elements of metal with electronic, industrial, and post-punk influences

Jason Wisdom commented on the lyrical themes of the album: Continue reading »

Jan 202017
 

Solid State Records are proud to announce the signing of Death Therapy as the newest member of the family for 2017. Started as the side project of Jason Wisdom, former frontman of Becoming The Archetype and no stranger to Solid State records, the project morphed into a full time project consisting of Jason Wisdom and Josh Seagraves. Death Therapy combines elements of metal with electronic, industrial, and post-punk influences.

The debut album, “The Storm Before The Calm” will release on February 24th, with pre-orders available now! Pre-Order your copy on CD, Digital Download, or as part of a T-Shirt bundle today!

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Norma Jean – “Polar Similar”

 Posted by on December 20, 2016 at 19:23  No Responses »
Dec 202016
 

norma_jeanpolarx1-wpcf_300x300As metalcore bands come and go, Norma Jean has long stood as one of the pioneers of the genre and with their latest, Polar Similar, they clearly demonstrate why they have had such staying power.

For those who do not know of Norma Jean, the storied Atlanta band actually began in 1997 as Luti-Kriss.  Fun story, somewhere around 2000, I saw Luti-Kriss open for Zao at the Creep Crawl in St. Louis and it was a pretty crazy show in that small venue, which featured a floor-to-ceiling chain link fence to separate people from the bar area.  Seeing them there and then picking up their first album on Solid State, Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child (2002) had me as a fan.   As happens typically with bands that have been around close to 20 years, lineups change, people come and go, and in the current configuration vocalist Corey Brandan is the nearest thing to an original member but he didn’t even join the band until 2004.  Since Bless the Child… the band has been on nearly every large festival bill in the US including, OzzFest, Mayhem Fest, Radio Rebellion,  and Summer Slaughter as well as headlining a number of their own tours to support their six albums before Polar Similar and even picked up a Grammy nomination in 2006 for Best Recording Package for O God, The Aftermath.  For Polar Similar the band returns to Solid State Records and recorded the album at Pachyderm Studios in Minnesota with production by Josh Barber and mixing by Jeremy Griffith.  Pachyderm is where Nirvana recorded In Utero and Barber and Griffith had previously worked with the band on Wrongdoers (2013), so band combined a bit of the legendary with the familiar for the recording. Continue reading »