Songs of Death and Resurrection is a brand new studio endeavor that sees the band reimagining some of the most treasured ballads from across their ten albums, in a format that blends acoustic guitars with drums, lush string arrangements, piano, and expansive vocal harmonies.
It’s a full album’s worth of “resurrected” tracks, including beloved anthems like “I Am a Stone,” “I Will Fail You,” “Carry Me Down,” and “The Heart of a Graveyard,” plus a brand new song, “Praise the Void.” The record was recorded in Atlanta, Nashville, and just outside Seattle.
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Songs of Death and Resurrection Review| Posted February 25, 2021 What You Need To Know: Songs of Death and Resurrection is Demon Hunter's eleventh studio album. It is a collection of reimagined songs from almost every album in their discography, plus one new original song. Every song is rearranged differently than their original, but the lyrics are still the same.
What It Sounds Like: Any fan of Demon Hunter's "ballads" on their albums will love these songs. There are no hard rocking songs or metal music on this record. Instead, the band focuses on giving their fan-favorite songs extra attention this time around. They focus on adding piano and stringed instruments into the songs, increasing the melodic side.
Spiritual Highlights: Ryan Clark, singer and writer, says "Writing lyrics that resonate deeply has not only become a personal prerequisite, but a cornerstone of what fans come to expect from the band." This mindset has been present from the beginning. You can see the consistency just by listening to this discography-spanning record. Writing about the reality of spiritual warfare is ever-present, whether in heavy or soft songs or whether it comes out in an encouraging or somber song. Hope and love remain centerpieces for Demon Hunter.
Best Song: The whole Demon Hunter crew plus a few extras flexed their creative skills in every way throughout the record. Some songs played different keys or became more upbeat. Some songs that were more full became stripped back. One of the best examples would be the fan-favorite, "I Am A Stone." Ryan Clark, adds "This rendition of the song is more triumphant and proud. It’s less somber than the original, but somehow these changes feel equally fitting." I completely agree. This one definitely stands out, but all are fantastic and have their own touch on the listener.
Bottom Line: Demon Hunter's 20 years of experience is utilized to the max. They prove they still have plenty to give back to fans. Songs of Death and Resurrection is one the most uniquely personalized records from a metal band in years. Just as some of these songs have been dear to fans in years past, the "resurrected" versions of these will continue to resonate with listeners for years to come.