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Triptych
     

The Triptych

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by Demon Hunter
 

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Because it embodies a particularly thorny contradiction -- pairing one of rock's most consciously rebellious genres with an institution fundamentally based on blind-faith obedience -- Christian metal has enjoyed startlingly infrequent success stories over the years. So infrequent, in fact, that an '80s group as lame as Stryper is still

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Because it embodies a particularly thorny contradiction -- pairing one of rock's most consciously rebellious genres with an institution fundamentally based on blind-faith obedience -- Christian metal has enjoyed startlingly infrequent success stories over the years. So infrequent, in fact, that an '80s group as lame as Stryper is still perceived as the defining Christian metal band (Creed don't count since they vehemently refuted any Christian ties, even while being shamelessly marketed to that market), nearly twenty years after their demise. Of course there's been no shortage of candidates vying for that dubious honor in the interim, and among the hopefuls to emerge in the early 2000s, arguably only Underoath have shown greater commercial appeal than the aptly named Demon Hunter. 2006's The Triptych is the Seattle natives' third opus, and it finds them investigating alternate styles of metallic expression with a sense of freedom they'd surely never dare question their religious beliefs with. This creative questing yields a few negative results when the likes of "Relentless Intolerance" and "Fire to My Soul" insist on abusing fairly outdated nu-metal devices (rapped vocals, rhythmic, bottom-heavy riffing, dissonant squalls, etc.); but the positive dividends far outweigh them thanks to tracks like "Not I," "Undying" and "The Soldier's Song," which deal in much more relevant melodic metalcore tricks (big choruses, big breakdowns, big melodies, and alternating clean and growled vocals). Even risky reaches into softer realms such as "Deteriorate" (an Incubus-like number mixing discreet electronics with harsh shades of light and heavy) and "The Tide Began to Rise" (a surprising ballad built on acoustic guitars, strings and piano) are rather confidently executed; and you've got to hand it to them for a well chosen, rather surprising cover of Prong's "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck." It's also a matter of no small consequence that Demon Hunter choose their lyrics wisely throughout this set, keeping them more elliptical and metaphoric than most Christian metal bands, and greatly broadening their appeal as a result (even if it pisses off a few Christian zealots). And, ultimately, even if The Triptych's audacious diversity still rubs some close-minded listeners the wrong way, it probably bodes well for the band's future capacity to navigate heavy metal's ever-changing trends. [Apparently, fear of God didn't preclude Demon Hunter or their record label from fearing additional profits, and The Triptych was reissued barely one year after its original release with four bonus tracks (three acoustic versions and one remix), and a DVD containing music videos, bandmember interviews, a complete concert, and behind-the-scenes footage.]

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Release Date:
10/25/2005
Label:
Solid State
UPC:
0810488020182
catalogNumber:
20
Rank:
53217

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The Triptych 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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This Album ROCKS!! this is the best heavy metal that there is! It's a whole lot better than those ugly, satanic metal bands where they sing about accult things. No, this metal actually worships Jesus in a whole new way! If you are a Christian, but despretly need loud, hard, music then this is defenitly for you! ROCK ON!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good guitar playing, good lyrics and singing in the choruses: Demon Hunter has indeed improved with each album they bring out, and the Triptych is their best so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never liked metal before purchasing this CD. This is one of the best CDs I've ever heard! Awesome metal that rocks for the Lord Jesus Christ. Awesome songs. I'm excited to see what they do from here.
NC-Ohio More than 1 year ago
The Triptych is one of the best CDs I have ever listened to. Each song builds and gets better with every listen. Perfect blend of vocals with metal. Demon Hunter has a sound that is totally beyond anything I have ever heard. It takes real talent to scream on pitch and this is one band that can do that well and jump straight into vocals that complement the actual music without missing a beat. Everything about this CD, WOW! Loads of talent from drums all the way to vocals. If you like Underoath, you will love Demon Hunter!
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