Sound — 8
Although being one of the softer albums in Demon Hunter's discography, "Extremist" stands out as one of the best albums yet for the band. Ryan Clark's signature growls and baritone voice hit their mark on each of the albums track; from the thrashing, aggressive tracks such as "Cross to Bear" and "Artificial Light" to the slower, more reflective "I Will Fail You" and "Hell Don't Need Me." Jeremiah Scott's rhythm guitar and and Jonathan Dunn's bass provide heavy support for Patrick Judge's impressive metal solos and Tim "Yogi" Watts' unrelenting drumming that dominate "Extremist."
Lyrics — 7
"Extremist" touches on many of the same topics (although not as overtly Christian) as other Demon Hunter albums throughout the almost 50 minutes of listening. From the end of the world to reflections on human predictability and failure, it retains similarity with previous Demon Hunter releases, specifically "Storm the Gates of Hell" (released in 2007). Ryan Clark continues to perform well with the varying styles of metal seen in "Extremist." While the content is not all that different from any of their prior six releases, listeners will still be compelled to head-bang and sing along with the latest Demon Hunter offerings.
Overall Impression — 8
Demon Hunter has come a long way from releasing their first album from the Clark brother's basement almost thirteen years ago. After several successful albums in their early years, and even after a let-down release of "The World Is a Thorn" (2010), the band has shown that they can still compete with others in the metal genre after six releases. "Extremist" is an impressive album that stands out as one of their best albums yet with songs like "The Last One Alive," "What I'm Not," "In Time," "Gasoline," and "I Will Fail You." The only track that is not exactly at the same level is "Hell Don't Need Me." That track aside, the album stands out as a memorable release for Demon Hunter. "Extremist" may not be full-throttle in it's intensity, but it shows that this band can and will continue to produce great metal for years to come.