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Demon Hunter has grown beyond the boundaries of a traditional rock band to become something of incalculable value, profound meaning, and steadfast purpose to the people worldwide whose dedication to their music, artwork and vision is beyond compare.

True Defiance represents a rallying call to arms, both spiritually and artistically, to the legion of "hunters" the world over who ... Read more in Amazon's Demon Hunter Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Solid State
  • ASIN: B0035KTIG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Descending Upon Us
2. LifeWar
3. Collapsing (Feat. Bjorn "Speed" Strid)
4. This Is The Line
5. Driving Nails
6. The World Is A Thorn
7. Tie This Around Your Neck
8. Just Breathe (Feat. Christian Alvestam)
9. Shallow Water
10. Feel As Though You Could (Feat. Dave Peters)
11. Blood In The Tears

Editorial Reviews

2010 release from the Christian Metal band. The World Is A Thorn was produced by the band's longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (Acceptance, Anberlin, The Almost) and mixed by powerhouse producer Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium, August Burns Red). It's a pairing emblematic of how skillfully Demon Hunter has always blended metallic might with melody. The World is a Thorn follows previous studio albums Storm the Gates of Hell (2007), The Triptych (2005), Summer of Darkness (2004) and Demon Hunter (2002).

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Adding it all together you have what is a very solid album.
Toasty
The hard riffs are balnced well with their singing and growling vocals.
Craig Balson
It's undoubtedly one of the very best from The World Is A Thorn.
GOFISHFISHER

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Reuben Smith on March 11, 2010
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I have been a fan of Demon Hunter since the first CD. They have always managed to maintain the classic DH sound but progress as a band. They are one of the unusual bands to keep getting better with each new release and TWIAT is no exception. While many Hunters refer to Summer of Darkness as a favorite I believe they have improved since then as well.

TWIAT is the heaviest yet thanks in part to the 2 new axmen the the DH lineup. Demon Hunter manages to be more accessible than it's contemporaries because of their often infectious sound. They do an unmatched job of joining tooth rattling metal with melody. The new effort finds them at a new peak. The inclusion of "LifeWar" is a brilliant one. While originally written as the opening track, and has no singing, it's classic DH in it's approach to song inclusion. It's the first metal song I've heard to include not only a marching beat but a use of snare drum invoking a military feel.

I won't go track by track but suffice it to say this is Demon Hunter's best effort so far.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GOFISHFISHER on March 10, 2010
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The fifth album of the revolutionary Christian metal band, Demon Hunter, was promised to be heavier and more melodic. We hear that promise all the time with metal bands, but rarely do they deliver on that promise. Well, I believe that The World Is A Thorn is exactly what it was said to be. But it begs the question--is heavier and more melodic better?

Before this album was released, I had heard it. The only thing was that I didn't have any written lyrics to go by, which was at first a bit of a disappointment, but gave me time to dissect the musical aspect of the record. "Descending Upon Us," the album's first song, has both aspects that the DH guys guaranteed. While some things are different, it's a standard DH song. It opens up with heavy guitars and screaming that fades away to a slower chorus with Ryan Clark's talented vocals. But the next song, "LifeWar," is something totally out of the ordinary. To start, it doesn't even top two minutes. Secondly, it's heavier and darker than your average DH song. While the lyrics are somewhat meaningful, I'm tempted to call this song filler. That's extremely disappointing, seeing how Demon Hunter doesn't come out with new music as often as some other bands do. In my opinion, every moment of the album should be something extraordinary if they're going to make us wait three years between albums and barely tour at all. But I guess this song must have been important to the band, otherwise it wouldn't be on the record. I just don't care for it.

However, the music climbs from a valley to a peak with the album's first single, "Collapsing." It experiments with a few different styles, and Clark gets to use his singing vocals a lot more. It's undoubtedly one of the very best from The World Is A Thorn.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ron Gibson on March 12, 2010
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When reviewing an album by a group that has previous releases, the new album should be looked at in two ways. First, how does the album stand on its own? Second, how does the album stand in relation to the band's previous work? Let's look at The World Is A Thorn on it's own first. Demon Hunter has consistently produced one great album after another, but it seems that tradition has hit a snag. One signature mark of DH that isn't often heard in metalcore (fill in whatever "brand" you want to give it) is the use of vocal harmonies. Some bands, defined as scream-o, intermix clean vocals in songs, but rarely do we hear true vocal harmonies, especially to the extent used by DH. This gives DH a distinctive, and fresh sound. Whether they make it work live is another discussion, but in the studio they pull it off. The first time I read the quote by Ryan Clark that Thorn was "heavier and more melodic" I cringed. The problem with a comment like this, is that the fans expect it to be "heavier", and if it doesn't clearly live up to it, then there is a measure of disappointment that wouldn't exist had the comment never been made. For me, there is a bit of disappointment, because it is not heavier. Sure the album is heavy overall, and you get the usual doses of double bass, and fast guitar riffing, but this album does not separate itself in heaviness from the other albums. Now let's look at Thorn in relation to DH's four previous studio albums. The Clark brothers always put a lot into packaging and design, but Thorn's packaging and layout is my least favorite of any of their releases. DH is now down to two original members, and the attrition rate seems to be catching up to the band.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on March 10, 2010
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Demon Hunter has changed their sound over the years little by little. but without guitarist Don Clark, Ryan Clark had to write everything for this album. Ryan did a great job for his first time without his brother. there are some highlights on this album and there are some letdowns. But it still sounds like Demon Hunter so i was happy with it. Personally i still think Summer of Darkness is their best album. and if you are a demon hunter fan like i am you should a fairly pleased with this new album. but it is a lot different from older Demon Hunter.
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