The World Is a Thorn is the sound of Jesus leading his flock down a musical path that was built upon the foundations of hedonism and power (as well as a general fondness for the occult) and staging a coup. Rebellion can go both ways, and Seattle's Demon Hunter is as embarrassed as anyone about Christian rock's well-earned reputation for conjuring up lifeless, cookie-cutter slabs of faith-based treacle that carry the weight of a fortune cookie prediction. The band's fifth full-length offering is both composed and volatile. It's a carefully plotted collection of staccato, melodic aggro-hymns that owe as much to early-'90s grunge as they do modern, 21st century metalcore, with lyrics that dabble in the same Lord of the Rings-inspired, violent cliches as do their secular neighbors ("I see the weight of hollow death residing in you/Take now your final breath"), but with an outcome that always yields to redemption over damnation. Metal purists needn't be wary of cranking this one up with the windows down, as the performances are as brutal as many of the group's death/power/thrash/screamo metal peers, and as true to the genre's defiant nature as its nihilistic creators intended it to be.
Performance CreditsDemon Hunter Primary Artist
Chris Carmichael Strings
Aaron Sprinkle Keyboards
Björn Strid Vocals
Jonathan Dunn Bass,Group Member
Ryan Helm Guitar,Group Member
Patrick Judge Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Christian Alverstam Vocals
Dave Peters Vocals
Yogi Watts Drums,Group Member
Ryan Clark Vocals,Group Member
Technical CreditsAaron Sprinkle Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dan SeaGrave Cover Painting
Brandon Ebel Executive Producer
Aaron Mlasko Drum Technician
Demon Hunter Composer
Ryan Clark Art Direction
Matt Carter Engineer
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The World Is a Thorn based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
I believe I had aleady reviewed this once on here, though it was for the special edition, and that no longer appears to be available. No matter. I will review it again. This is another one of those bands that I have never been disappointed by, and that stands true with this new album. I have been listening to Demon Hunter since their 1st album, and I absolutely love them! They are positively one of my favorite bands! I can relate to some of the lead singer's lyrics too. If you are any sort of rock/metal/hardcore fan at all, I totally recommend this album, or any album by these guys!
I enjoy Demon Hunter, and this is a good album by them. But I feel disappointed by what came in the deluxe pack. There was only thing I liked, the bandanna, although it feels cheap it still looks cool. The other stuff was meh...Buttons, some people may like em, but not me. The cds came in paper sleeves, not very protective, what if I want to take them somewhere? The sticker was lame looking, nobody would know it was a Demon Hunter sticker unless they followed the art of the album. I also see little use for the included photo cards of the band, if I want to see the band I'll look online or in the booklet, I don't need a paper card for that. The hand written lyrics were kinda cool to see, but hard to read. Finally, the bonus tracks weren't that great... So good album, lame special edition.
I am honored to be the 1st to review this new album by what is probably one of my single favorite bands of all time! I have been listening to Demon Hunter since shortly after they 1st started out, and I hafta say...I have never bought an album by these guys that disappointed me. This album is no exception either. In fact, it's probably one of their best thus far in my opinion. They have several excellent growling, heavy hitting songs to enjoy on this one, but also evenly and beautifully mix it was some captivating slower & lyrically inspiring ballads as well. This is a must own for any Demon Hunter or metal fan. Don't even think about it...just go buy it! For any of you contemplating buying the deluxe edition version, it's totally worth it! You pay maybe an extra $10 to $15, maybe $20, and you get all sorts of neat little door prizes. It contains a limited edition collectable handkerchief with some kick@$$ artwork on it, one or two booklets containin lyrics and exclusive artwork & photos...4 extra exclusive band photos, 4 buttons, a sticker, a DVD containing a making of featurette and some live acoustic performances, and then of course the album. (I wore one of the exclusive buttons on my work uniform today as a subtle tribute to the album's release, lol). Don't download this one folks...lame! Go out and buy it! I look forward to listening to this one again and again. It was excellent!