One band that had me at first listen was Demon Hunter. DEMON HUNTER! What a name. These guys had the look and the sound that I gravitated too. The band was melodic but brash, scary yet comforting, all at the same time. Just look at their album art: they mostly feature a demon with a bullet through it’s head.
I was fortunate enough to have met Ryan Clark (and his brother and former member Don Clark) at the Creative Works conference in 2014. Both guys are incredibly humble and down-to-earth while being so badass. Not only do/did they have great music, but they both design for Invisible Creature—one of the most amazing design companies on the planet.
The band grew up on so many of the same influences I did and formed their own hybrid of metal. DH writes about some seriously heavy content singing about man’s failures, death, aspirations, afterlife, and hope among other topics. Fire to My Soul is one of my favorites by them. I love the chorus—it’s spiritual and motivational, asking the question “Is this the voice we die for?”
It’s hard to have a conversation about Demon Hunter without mentioning their faith. Of course that’s a big part of who they are. But it’s a big part of who most people are. I’m not going to sit here and push faith or religion on anyone but because a band likes or doesn’t like something doesn’t mean they should be written off. I also think that anyone can experience spirituality on their own and discover their own faith or religious track. This song is great, if you are a Christian or not.
We flow with bitter words that file sharp our teeth
And we bite off our own tongues
We trample any trace of your divinity’s hope
And we sacrifice our young
With our eyes sewn shut now the light can’t shine
Oh, we’ll never wake from dead
And when you beg for us to open up and let you in
Then we’ll cut you up instead
You promised you’d give us your word
We never believed it was true
And we pretend that we never heard
Cause we still don’t believe in you
I heard you calling, setting fire to my soul
Is this the voice we die for?
We die for life
We built a wall to keep you out
Ignoring every word
And we saw your face behind our thoughts
Apathetic to what we’d heard
Why does it falter? We built it all ourselves
Why does it hurt so bad, forsaking all this help?
Why are we choking on pills designed to heal?
We threw our hearts away cause we’re too afraid to feel