Label: Solid State Records
Demon Hunter's sixth effort kicks off with a screech and a growl in the form of album opener "Crucifix," a driving track that sets the tone. "God Forsaken" is more melodic but seethes with godly anger, while "Wake" is a dire warning set to song. If you detect a slight difference in the band's sound, chalk that up to an ever-changing line-up (this is Jeremiah Scott's official debut). Thankfully, longtime producer Aaron Sprinkle lends cohesion as well as expertise. True Defiance may not reach the heights of 2005's The Triptych, but it's a bold attempt and well worth a listen.