Demon Hunter is big. Theyíve headlined their own tour, had huge success with their single
"Infected" on the now defunct mp3.com, and theyíre one of the premier names in Christian hardcore. So whatís
next on Demon Hunterís list of things to do? Release a disc as stellar as their debut, of course.
Thatís right. All of the hype, all of the praise, and these guys only have one record to their name. But that
no longer remains the case. So, is Summer of Darkness as loud, in-your-face, and passionate as their
The disc opens with the explosive "Not Ready to Die." Ryan Clark screams and growls his way through the
verses, before moving into more of a melodic tone as he chants "Iím not ready to lay. Iím not ready to fade.
Iím not ready to die" during the chorus. The song, talking about getting life right before the end, has
a dark tone, as does most everything Demon hunter has recorded. But optimism is far from lost,
"If 33 years could save my life, Iíve had 23 more to make things rightÖIím burning bridges for the last time.
Iím breaking habits for the first time."
"Not Ready to Die" fades and "The Awakening" begins, continuing the "growling verses and melodic chorus"
formula. "Beheaded" is much more aggressive and features a guest appearance from Michael Williams of The
Continuing the tradition of one peaceful ballad among the havoc of the rest, "My Heartstrings Come Undone"
somehow fits perfectly with the rest, as "My Throat Is an Open Grave" did on their self-titled album. This time
around, the subject matter is a bit cryptic, however.
The rest of the disc is jam-packed with blaring guitar and Clarkís screams (As well as another guest
appearance. This time from Trevor McNeven of Thousand Foot Krutch and FM Static). But this entire disc seems
a bit more laid back, if there is any way to say that properly. Most of the tracks will leave you wanting to
catch your own breath, but melody is carefully instilled in opportune places to make this release more
accessible to rock fans.
Still, if you didnít dig Demon Hunterís first try, you wonít find much to like about this one either.
But the rest of us will feel right at home in this Summer of Darkness.
- Review date: 05/10/04, written by Josh Taylor