Sound — 9
Demon Hunter return with what they proclaim to be their best record yet, and from the looks of it, frontman Ryan Clarke is not lying. "The Triptych" is a brilliant return from one of the top Christian metal bands. This time, Demon Hunter have knocked the brutal kick down a notch and produced a more melodic album with some pure aggression. The music has been well produced. Solid State records bands seem to do a good job to the production. Superb.
Lyrics — 9
First of all, Ryan Clarke has got a very unique voice. His growls are very powerful and he is one of the screamers who has an incredible singing voice to back this up. Perhaps even, one of the best today. Ryan Clarke has always had interesting lyrics for a Christian artist, and they are definetly not different here. He talks about issues within Christianity with the dark, metal edge around it. Perhaps not as up to scratch as "Summer Of Darkness" but some still mighty fine lyrics on here. Lyrics to stand out are "Undying," "The Soldier Song" and "Deteriorate"
Overall Impression — 10
01. The Flames That Guide Us Home/Not I - beautiful intro to start out the CD, which goes into the brutal Not I, which Demon Hunter have not started a CD so powerfully. Brilliant lyrics, brilliant vocal work. 02. Undying - the first single from the album, with the thought of being reborn through Christ. Powerful song, incredibly catchy chorus. 03. Relentless Intolerance - another good song. One of the slower "heavy songs" on the album. Nice chorus too. Not too bad. 04. Deteriorate - the first of the three "mellow" songs on the album. Very powerful singing, although it is perhaps a little long. 05. The Soldier's Song - one of the weaker songs on the album. It is a tribute to the soldier's who fight for us, so the reason is good enough. 06. Fire To My Soul - the aggression is truly in this song. Brutal music, superb chorus. 07. One Thousand Apologies - the radio friendly tune. Brilliantly sung by Ryan Clarke and very catchy chorus. The growling section is excellent. 08. Science Of Lies - in my mind, the most unique guitar riff on the album, which seems as if it shouldn't fit, but actually fits wonderfully. Nice chorus with huge amounts of double bass pedal work in the chorus. Grand. 09. Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck - a cover. Quite nicely done too. Fully growled throughout, and very brutal. 10. Ribcage - most definetly the scariest title. Good use of vocal work, not bad guitar playing. 11. The Tide Began To Rise - beautiful song. Very unique to the style of Demon Hunter. Acoustic, piano, beautiful way to finish the album. Overall, one of the best album's in 2005. Demon Hunter are able to stick to their word, proclaiming they can make the best album's of their career and the most emotional songs. Recommended songs for download are "Not I," "Undying" and "The Tide Began To Rise."