Storm the Gates of Hell

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Storm The Gates Of Hell
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 6, 2007 (2007-11-06)
StudioCompound Recording,
London Bridge
(Seattle, Washington)
Genre
Length51:03
59:03 (Deluxe and Special Edition)
Label Solid State
Producer
Demon Hunter chronology
The Triptych
(2005)
Storm The Gates Of Hell
(2007)
45 Days
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Christianity Today Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [2]
Cross Rhythms Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [3]
HM Magazine Slightly favorable [4]
Jesus Freak HideoutStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [5]
Revolver Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg[ citation needed ]
Rhapsody Favorable [6]
Today's Christian Music FavorableFavorable [7]

Storm the Gates of Hell is the fourth studio album by Christian metal band Demon Hunter, released on November 6, 2007. It is the band's last album to feature Don Clark and Ethan Luck.

Contents

Touring and promotion

Demon Hunter embarked on the Stronger Than Hell Tour in promotion of the album. The summer tour began in May 2008 and included Living Sacrifice, Oh, Sleeper, The Famine, and Advent.

The album's lead single, "Fading Away," along with the title track and "Carry Me Down," can be heard on the band's official MySpace. A promotional site entitled "A Thread of Light" was made, where one can listen to samples of "Storm the Gates of Hell," "I Am You," and "Fiction Kingdom." Two weeks before its release, the album leaked into P2P networks in its entirety. On November 2, the whole album was put on the Demon Hunter's Myspace page for previewing. Storm the Gates of Hell started at #85 on the Billboard 200, selling nearly 10,500 copies in the first week. [8]

A music video was produced for "Fading Away." It was directed by Zach Merck, known for his previous work with Shadows Fall. The video has found considerable airplay on MTV2's Headbangers Ball . The music video for "Carry Me Down" also aired on MTV2.

Critical reception

The album was met with generally positive views. Ben Hurrell CrossRhythms gave the album nine out of ten stars saying "Since their appearance on a record label compilation in 2002 the band have hit the big time, releasing four albums gaining widespread coverage in the mainstream media as well as Christian circles." [9] About.com gave the album three and a half out of five stars stating, "It's a step forward from their last release. They have really stepped up their songwriting. The tracks are a diverse mix of metallic riffs and warm melodies." [10] Allmusic didn't give the album a score, but still praised the album saying, "Demon Hunter sparingly employs more traditional vocals and moody textures throughout the roaring, rapid firestorm of the songs. Even if rock is the "devil's music," Demon Hunter aren't afraid to use it to get their point across." [11]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Demon Hunter.

No.TitleLength
1."Storm the Gates of Hell"2:44
2."Lead Us Home"4:24
3."Sixteen" (featuring Bruce Fitzhugh of Living Sacrifice)5:18
4."Fading Away"4:12
5."Carry Me Down"4:32
6."A Thread of Light"3:35
7."I Am You"4:14
8."Incision"5:04
9."Thorns"4:06
10."Follow the Wolves"3:55
11."Fiction Kingdom"4:53
12."The Wrath of God"4:06
Total length:51:03

Credits

Demon Hunter
Production and additional musicians

Alternate editions

Three editions of the album were produced: regular, special, and deluxe.

Awards

In 2009, the Deluxe Edition, along with Trenches's The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole and Hawk Nelson's ...Is My Friend albums which were also designed by Invisible Creature, was nominated for a Dove Award for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year at the 40th GMA Dove Awards. [12]

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