Sound — 9
Demon Hunter seems to be only getting better with each album. Storm the Gates of Hell is, in my opinion as well as many others, probably the best out of all their albums. The songs are very melodic and powerful. They are mostly composed of screamed verses and a sung chorus. This works out very nicely. The guitar rifts are nice. The guitar solos aren't anything special, most often have an awkward feel. The drumming is amazing and very powerful. These songs are often defined by the great drumming. The bass sound isn't that great, but the guitar and drums make up for that. Demon Hunter's vocals are amazing. Ryan Clark's voice is great; his screams are powerful and his singing is beautiful. Demon Hunter is also one of the few metal bands, such as Avenged Sevenfold, that have great backing vocals. Overall, the songs in this album are all great. Some songs are fast, such as I Am You, while others can be slower, such as Carry Me Down. No two songs sound the same; they all have their own unique sound.
Lyrics — 10
Demon Hunter expresses their Christian faith through their lyrics. This may sound repelling for non-Christians, but it is nothing really noticeable. In fact, many Demon Hunter fans are non-Christians. The lyrical content is nothing like Christian worship music with its typical "Praise Jesus" lyric style. Lyrics usually speak of different things in life from a Christian's perspective. The lyrics fit the mood of the songs as well as the screams. They often have a strong, angry, and aggressive feel, but can also have a sad feel. The lyrics are serious and well written.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, Storm the Gates of Hell is a must buy for metal lovers. It is definitely the best Demon Hunter album so far. It consists of many impressive songs, such as Fading Away, Carry Me Down, and Incision. In fact, all of the songs are very enjoyable to listen to. The style of the album is quite similar to Killswitch Engage (I actually like Storm the Gates of Hell better than As Daylight Dies). For those of you who are looking for a band with shredding guitar solos, like Metallica, I wouldn't get this album. The guitar solos are the one weakness of the album; however, it doesn't change the fact that it is a great album. I HIGHLY recommend getting it.