As a final teaser before the release of their anticipated sixth album, metal juggernauts DEMON HUNTER are premiering “Wake,” yet another standout track from the forthcoming True Defiance, available in stores and online tomorrow, April 10th, on Solid State Records.
“‘Wake’ is another song that explores all the best elements of the band,” explains mastermind Ryan Clark. “It’s very riff heavy, vocally melodic, extremely aggressive, grooving, and features some of the best drumming on the record. This song takes what some might consider the standard DEMON HUNTER vocal structure and flips it- the verses are melodic singing, and the screaming takes place in the chorus. I think those tweaks in the structure make it a unique DH song.”
“Lyrically, it’s about a person’s fear of the unknown… or the coming to terms with one’s mortality and spiritual life… digging deeper that a daily surface existence or ‘waking’ out of the ritualistic/mundane day-to-day.”
Listen to “Wake” here:
Last week, the band invited fans to show off their creative side by announcing a contest inviting fans to create their own video for the blistering single “My Destiny”. Entries – which must be received between now and May 4th – will be judged by the band themselves with one entry winning a DEMON HUNTER artist series guitar.
Hear DEMON HUNTER’s Ryan Clark explain the contest:
To ring in the release of True Defiance, Ryan Clark and guitarist Patrick Judge will be perform an acoustic set and signing at the Best Buy in Beaverton, OR on April 14th, before the whole band storms Europe a few weeks later (dates below).
Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (ANBERLIN, EMERY) and mixed by Jason Suecoff (ALL THAT REMAINS, TRIVIUM), True Defiance finds DEMON HUNTER continuing in their hard rock evolution while embracing the components that have always formed the backbone of their music: true metal, dark rock and balladry. The album marks a vital new chapter in the celebrated history of DEMON HUNTER, who are currently marking their 10th year of writing, breaking and erasing the rules of hard rock. Not ones to rest on their laurels, however, the members have created an album that not only lives up to their own lofty standards, but sets a new high-water mark for what DH is capable of.
True Defiance marks DEMON HUNTER‘s first outing since 2010’s The World Is A Thorn, which debuted in the Billboard Top 40 and was hailed as the heaviest, fastest, and most aggressive record of the band’s career. The album yielded hit videos in “Collapsing,” which has racked up 1 million views online, and “LifeWar,” which was viewed over 100,000 times in the past month. The World is a Thorn was preceded by Storm the Gates of Hell (2007), The Triptych (2005), Summer of Darkness (2004) Demon Hunter (2002), and the three-disc CD / DVD set 45 Days, which collectively sold half a million copies and garnered airplay on college and specialty radio, Fuse and MTV2’s Headbangers Ball and earned the band cover features in publications like Revolver and HM.
European Tour with DEADLOCK, NIGHTRAGE and INSENSE:
April 30 Kouvola, Finland @ Vappugospel *
May 1 Stuttgart, Germany @ Universum
May 2 Luzern, Switzerland @ Schüür
May 3 Bochum, Germany @ Matrix
May 4 Brussels, Belgium @ Magasin 4
May 5 London, UK @ O2 Islington Academy2
* Just DEMON HUNTER
April 14 – Beaverton OR @ Best Buy (Acoustic performance with Ryan Clark and Patrick Judge)
April 27 – Seattle WA @ El Corazon
June 29 – Shirleysburg PA @ Creationfest Northeast
Aug 2 – Midland TX @ Rock The Desert