Feb 13, 2012 - On the heels of the recent announcement of their sixth full-length album, True Defiance, metal mainstays DEMON HUNTER are revealing three varieties of cover art beginning today at the band’s Facebook page. Each day from today through Wednesday, new and old fans alike can view the art in exchange for ‘Like’-ing the page.
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With DEMON HUNTER, the album artwork carries just as much of a creative and personal significance as the music. Artwork and imagery have been paramount ever since the now iconic DEMON HUNTER symbol first appeared on t-shirts and stickers in 2002.
The album art, created by Ryan Clark, frontman and co-owner of Grammy-nominated design firm Invisible Creature with his brother (and former DH guitarist) Don Clark, and illustrated by Angryblue (KORN, BLEEDING THROUGH, ACACIA STRAIN) shows continued commitment to excellence in all facets of the band.
“Anyone that knows DEMON HUNTER, understands that the visual element of the band means a great deal to us,” explains Clark. “Every album cover is a challenge, in that it’s a re-envisioning of the band’s iconic logo. We try, with each record, to make sure that re-envisioning is creative, unique and well-executed. Justin Kamerer is the artist behind the work this time, and I really love how the vision for True Defiance has turned out. His attention to detail and his creative approach to our logo bring a really fresh look to something that’s been used in over 100 different ways over the last decade. To me it feel like this is what the DH logo was always supposed to look like.”
In addition to the cover art reveal, the band are announcing a string of European dates with support by DEADLOCK, NIGHTRAGE and INSENSE that sees the band visiting five countries. (Dates Below)
Produced by Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Emery) and mixed by Jason Suecoff (All That Remains, Trivium), True Defiance finds DEMON HUNTER continuing in their hard rock evolution while embracing the components that have always formed the backbone of their music: true metal, dark rock and balladry.
The album marks a vital new chapter in the celebrated history of DEMON HUNTER, who are currently marking their 10th year of writing, breaking and erasing the rules of hard rock. Not ones to rest on their laurels, however, the members have created an album that not only lives up to their own lofty standards, but sets a new high-water mark for what DH is capable of.
“We’ve been extremely underwhelmed with metal for the last five years or so, and that’s been the fuel to create this record,” Clark explains. “With an extreme over-saturation of false, fleeting, trend-hopping noise in today’s metal scene, we had to make something we’ve been longing to hear. Something truly meaningful and artistic. Something our fans would love and something that will turn the heads of those who have ignored us for the past decade.”
True Defiance marks DEMON HUNTER‘s first outing since 2010′s The World Is A Thorn, which debuted in the Billboard Top 40 and was hailed as the heaviest, fastest, and most aggressive record of the band’s career. The album yielded hit videos in ”Collapsing,” which has racked up 1 million views online, and “LifeWar,” which was viewed over 100,000 times in the past month. The World is a Thorn was preceded by Storm the Gates of Hell (2007), The Triptych (2005), Summer of Darkness (2004) Demon Hunter (2002), and the three-disc CD / DVD set 45 Days, which collectively sold half a million copies and garnered airplay on college and specialty radio, Fuse and MTV2′s Headbangers Ball and earned the band cover features in publications like Revolver and HM.
European Tour with DEADLOCK, NIGHTRAGE and INSENSE:
April 30 Kouvola, Finland @ Vappugospel *
May 1 Stuttgart, Germany @ Universum
May 2 Luzern, Switzerland @ Schüür
May 3 Bochum, Germany @ Matrix
May 4 Brussels, Belgium @ Magasin 4
May 5 London, UK @ O2 Islington Academy2
* Just DEMON HUNTER
April 17 – Seattle WA @ El Corazon
June 29 – Shirleysburg PA @ Creationfest Northeast