12 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though often pigeonholed because of their faith, Christian metal band Demon Hunter has always shown impressive range. Their eighth album refines their already kaleidoscopic style, which is as likely to dip into thrash and hardcore (“Jesus Wept,” “One Less”) as plaintive, atmospheric ballads (“Half as Dead,” “Died in My Sleep”). At the helm—as always—are the powerful vocals of Ryan Clark, a singer who, like the band behind him, can flip from growling to gorgeous at a moment’s notice.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Though often pigeonholed because of their faith, Christian metal band Demon Hunter has always shown impressive range. Their eighth album refines their already kaleidoscopic style, which is as likely to dip into thrash and hardcore (“Jesus Wept,” “One Less”) as plaintive, atmospheric ballads (“Half as Dead,” “Died in My Sleep”). At the helm—as always—are the powerful vocals of Ryan Clark, a singer who, like the band behind him, can flip from growling to gorgeous at a moment’s notice.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
197 Ratings

197 Ratings

Kutlesskillet ,

A Breath of Fresh Metal

Demon Hunter is among an elite few bands that can produce albums that sound vastly different from one another, yet are so jaw-droppingly good. Outlive is no exception. This actually sounds like it could be a metal band's debut album, and that is meant as a compliment. There's a rawness and passion felt in this album that that doesn't seem like the works of a band pushing twenty years, and Demon Hunter is able to deliver every time and not grow stale. The first singles of this album are quickly reflective of sound changes within the band, but not such drastic changes that it's offputting. "Cold Winter Sun" has that classic Demon Hunter single feel, while "Died in My Sleep" is rewardingly melodic and chilling. "Half as Dead" actually grew on me after my underwhelming initial listen, given such a catchy chorus and solid rock drive. Aside from the singles, the rest of the album proves highly enjoyable with likely fan-favorite "Cold Blood" hinting at heaviness from The World is a Thorn era, the almost Dragonforce-esque intro to "Raining Down," and my personal favorite from the album, "Patience," with a unique chorus and overall great progression. There are heavy moments from the album for fans of DH's more aggressive side as well as plenty of soaring melody in the form of harder and softer tracks alike. Perhaps the most notable improvement from Extremist is their avoidance of throwing a guitar solo into every bridge. Don't get me wrong, Patrick Judge is an incredible musician, and he definitely gets to show it off several times in this album. But diversifying the bridges throughout songs helped harken back to the days when DH didn't rely so much on guitar solos, and it was much noted and appreciated by this fan. Some may feel this album is a downgrade due to its "lack of heaviness and screaming." I, however, feel there is much to love about this album, which is a must-have for any metal fan and a true testament to the amazing contributions DH has made for the genre. Thank you, Demon Hunter. Here's to many more.

N FORCE 5 ,

Small change to a great band

Songs sound somewhat different on every album DH puts out. I enjoy that they put out new and interesting songs with each new release. This album is no different. They have done it again. I can't wait to hear the rest of the album!

TaylorwilsoN35 ,

Awesome!

Demon Hunter's Outlive is drenched in heart and soul. A great reflection of the band and the personal lives of the band members. Such a great band to continue to be able to follow for 15 years. Awesome!

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