Demon Hunter

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Demon Hunter

Band Members:
Ryan Clark-Vocals
Patrick Judge-Lead Guitar
Jeremiah Scott-Guitar
Timothy "Yogi" Watts-Drums
Jon Dunn-Bass

Demon Hunter is an American Christian heavy metal band from Seattle, Washington, started in 2000 by brothers Don Clark and Ryan Clark. Although the brothers created the band, only one remains, Don Clark having left the band to take care of his family. As of early 2010, the band has sold over half a million albums.


Their first release, entitled simply Demon Hunter, was released in October 2002 on Tooth and Nail Records subsidiary Solid State Records, and featured both Don and Ryan Clark on guitar and bass, Ryan as lead vocalist, and Jesse Sprinkle as drummer; it was produced by Jesse's brother Aaron Sprinkle. Demon Hunter included a re-recorded version of their debut song "Through the Black".
At first the members of the band chose to hide their identities, creating some controversy. However, their names were later revealed when they undertook their first tour, which featured Norwegian Christian metal heavyweights Extol and death influenced metalcore youngbloods The Agony Scene, and saw the permanent adding of Jesse Sprinkle on drums, Jon Dunn on bass, and Kris McCaddon, formerly of Embodyment, on lead guitar.
After two years that saw Don's wife giving birth to a daughter and Ryan getting married, Demon Hunter returned to the studio to record their second full-length release, Summer of Darkness, with McCaddon contributing (Summer of Darkness hit stores on May 4, 2004).

Demon Hunter hit the road that summer, with McCaddon on lead and Dunn on bass, and with new touring drummer Tim "Yogi" Watts, as Jesse Sprinkle could not make the tour. This time Demon Hunter took with them rock/post-hardcore rookies Dead Poetic, along with hardcore headbangers Haste the Day. Post-hardcore band Staple replaced Haste the Day towards the end of the tour.
In 2005, Demon Hunter went back to The Compound in Seattle, Washington to record their third album, entitled The Triptych. The word "triptych" centers around the concept of three, as it was the band's third album. The CD gave another bow to great bands of the past, such as Living Sacrifice, Sepultura, and Pantera. Included on the album is a cover of Prong's song "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck".
Demon Hunter entered the studio in June 2007 to record their fourth full-length album, Storm the Gates of Hell which was released on November 6, 2007.

In 2008, the band headlined the "Stronger Than Hell" tour, which started May 26 in Seattle, Washington. The tour featured the recently reunited Christian metal forefathers Living Sacrifice, whose lead singer Bruce Fitzhugh was featured as a guest vocalist on Storm the Gates of Hell's track titled "Sixteen." The tour also included Oh, Sleeper, The Famine, and Advent. This tour completed July 5, 2008, at Cornerstone Festival in Illinois.
On February 7, the band announced that their sixth album would be titled True Defiance and released April 10, 2012.
The album become a commercial success, reaching No. 36 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 On the Top Christian Albums chart and received generally positive to mixed reviews. While recording the album, Ryan Clark said "This record is without a doubt our most aggressive. Every Demon Hunter record must be a step up from the last. I know that's a goal for every band, but it seldom works that way - especially today, especially in metal. It seems like most band's prime years are long behind them. I refuse to let that be the case for us. We've been extremely underwhelmed with metal for the last five years or so, and that's been the fuel to create this record. With an extreme over-saturation of false, fleeting, trend-hopping noise in today's metal scene, we had to make something we've been longing to hear. Something truly meaningful and artistic. Something our fans would love and something that will turn the heads of those who have ignored us for the past decade."

Ryan Clark

He is born June 23, 1979. an American graphic designer and musician. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Demon Hunter, which he co-founded with his brother, guitarist Don Clark

Before Demon Hunter, Clark was a former guitarist for Focal Point and vocalist for Training for Utopia. He has also done guest vocals for bands such as Becoming the Archetype, Advent, Kutless, Anberlin, Sleeping Giant, Falling Up, Impending Doom, Kamelot and Nine Lashes. He and his brother formed Demon Hunter in 2000 and released their debut album late the following year through Solid State Records. The group would continue to steadily gain exposure throughout the 2000s.

Don Clark

He is born May 30, 1975 in San Jose, (CA) an he was the rhythm guitarist/bassist for this band. Before Demon Hunter, Clark was a former guitarist and co-founder of Training for Utopia with Rob Dennler.
Clark also founded Seattle-based Asterik Studio with his brother Ryan and friend Demetre Arges in 2000. The design studio has done CD packaging, poster art, web design, and merchandise design for hundreds of artists including Liz Phair, P.O.D., and The White Stripes. Based on their design experience, Don and Ryan authored a chapter in the book New Masters of Photoshop.
Don was nominated for a Grammy for Best Album packaging for The Folds' Secrets Keep You Sick. Don lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and two children.
On August 12, 2009 in Seattle, WA at El Corazón Demon Hunter announced that Don Clark has left the band to pursue his career in graphic design and to be with his family.

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