In art, music, and life, from the most crucial to the most mundane, three truly is a magic number. From the Holy Trinity to the commonly uttered phrase, "the third time is the charm." From "Master Of Puppets" to "Master Of Reality."
Demon Hunter is proud to carry on that tradition with "The Triptych," the explosive followup to "Summer Of Darkness" and the most important heavy album of the fall.
Middle Ages and Renaissance artists often used "triptychs" when constructing their alter pieces - a triptych being a painting or carving with three side-by-side parts, panels or canvasses, which together (and only together) form a greater whole. With this in mind Demon Hunter deliver their third album, advancing their story further.
From the declaration of empowerment that is "Not I" to the steadfast determination of "The Soldier's Song" and the dynamic interplay of "Undying," this album is unmistakably Demon Hunter while also a nod to vintage mid-90s thrash.
Demon Hunter fills a void left by seminal spirit-filled metal bands like Living Sacrifice, infusing their crushing riffage with unashamed bursts of melodic power. "The Triptych" expands the blueprint further, looking to their past for the future, conjuring the bands they grew up on like Machine Head, Pantera and Sepultura.
Demon Hunter founders Ryan and Don Clark cut their teeth in the Northern California hardcore scene before forming Training For Utopia, an experimental and daring turn reminiscent of Neurosis and Nine Inch Nails that redefined the parameters of possibility within the scene. Successful artists in several fields, the now Seattle-based duo's heavy metal hunger demanded feeding after TFU's end.
An instantly iconic symbol (a demon with a bullet hole through its head) and an air of mystery fueled interest in Demon Hunter before they ever recorded a note of music. And the brilliantly catchy and wonderfully metallic depth of their self-titled debut more than delivered on that promise in 2002, instantly recruiting a devoted fanbase (or "Hunters" as they prefer) eager to tattoo their devotion.
A heavy blast of power, the album also featured the beautiful ballad "My Throat Is An Open Grave," which ensured that Demon Hunter would be free to express themselves always. Demon Hunter's classic sophomore album "Summer Of Darkness" followed, spawning the MTV2 "Headbanger's Ball" staple "Not Ready To Die" (which earned them a spot on the soundtrack to "Resident Evil: Apocalyspe") and "My Heart Strings Come Undone."
"The Triptych" was produced by longtime friend Aaron Sprinkle (Emery, Acceptance) at The Compound in Seattle, Washington and mixed by Machine (Lamb Of God, White Zombie). The album's three limited edition covers were painted by renowned cover artist Dan Seagrave (Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Entombed).
As the trends twist and turn, Demon Hunter stands tall and proud within heavy metal as true, traditional and forthright about their beliefs. "The Triptych" is the third time they have asserted themselves as a force to be reckoned with upon the earth, and each and every pretender would do best to step aside.
The third war has begun.