Mammoth metallers DEMON HUNTER continue to build anticipation and expectations for their eagerly awaited new album True Defiance, out April 10 on Solid State Records. Last week the band followed blistering preview track “Someone To Hate” with the first official single from the album, “My Destiny.”
Today the band is pleased to be unveiling the official video for the buzzed-about song, filmed by lauded director Robby Starbuck, whose credits range from OTEP and AUGUST BURNS RED to SMASHING PUMPKINS and SNOOP DOG.
Fans who can’t get enough, can also purchase the single via iTunes today.
“The storyline follows five teenagers as they try to make the most of their dull suburb community – skateboarding, hanging with friends, stirring up trouble, discovering music together. This was how a lot of us in the band grew up,” explains frontman Ryan Clark. “For the performance footage, we wanted to do something that hinted at the ‘early days’ of being in a band – rehearsing in a tiny, grungy practice space, inspirational posters on the wall, fluorescent lights overhead, minimal space, and lots of sweat.”
“‘My Destiny’ is about growing up and finding music that ultimately changes you,” Clark adds. “It’s about that definitive moment that I knew music would become an immeasurable part of my life.”
Watch ‘My Destiny” here:
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.
“We’ve been extremely underwhelmed with metal for the last five years or so, and that’s been the fuel to create this record,” Clark explains. “With an extreme over-saturation of false, fleeting, trend-hopping noise in today’s metal scene, we had to make something we’ve been longing to hear. Something truly meaningful and artistic. Something our fans would love and something that will turn the heads of those who have ignored us for the past decade.”
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.
As previously announced, DEMON HUNTER are preparing to embark on a string of European dates with support by DEADLOCK, NIGHTRAGE and INSENSE that sees the band visiting five countries.
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 27 – Seattle WA @ El Corazon
June 29 – Shirleysburg PA @ Creationfest Northeast
Aug 2 – Midland TX @ Rock The Desert