Demon Hunter, a band that needs little introduction for metal heads across the world, has just unleashed their eighth studio album, Outlive, and it is an album worthy of their legacy. Notably more thrash-heavy than many of their prior releases, Outlive has a darker, edgier vibe than their previous works. It seems to rely more heavily on religious imagery and symbolism than their previous works, proving as they have before that God is most definitely metal.
Demon Hunter sports a more somber tone than their Christian contemporaries like Thousand Foot Krutch, Skillet, and P.O.D, especially through their latest vehicle of sound, Outlive. Their Loudwire premier of “Died in My Sleep” is clear evidence of this tone, both audibly and visibly.
Demon Hunter touts “Cold Winter Sun” as their favorite on the new album. With its heavy rifts and visceral, dark message about humanity, it’s easy to see why their tonal shift to a more thrash heavy album is needed to carry their message of humanity’s fate and the perils we face in this world.
While the band’s message has always been cryptically ominous, Outlive sees this take an even darker turn in songs like “Jesus Wept” and “Half as Dead.”
The album has been highly anticipated, as it is the longest fans have had to wait between albums since the band’s inception in 2001. No one listens to a Demon Hunter album expecting cheery disposition and a warm hug of solidarity. This album keeps acute listeners thinking with their continual message of not accepting the status quo and maintaining a high level of self-awareness into the human experience, keeping the mood necessarily solemn and dire. If you were itching for the familiar sound of Demon Hunter with a new twist and evolved message, Outlive should be the next purchase in your portfolio.