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Hunter is a heavy metal band from Belgium. Five musicians that have played in various bands together for 20 years finally joined forces in 2016 to create heavy metal in the traditional sense of the word. Hunter represents powerful heavy metal, averse to subgenres and stereotypes. A combined century of experience and all sorts of influences come together as a mighty brew that tastes like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Manilla Road, Metal Church, Omen and Cirith Ungol.
Hunter brings you a blitzkrieg of the purest metal with all the right ingredients: crushing riffs, screaming lead guitars and snazzy solos, a rhythm section like a panzer column and intense power vocals.
About this album
Hunter's debut album collects seven songs that were written with a no-mercy, no-prisoners approach. Hunter songs range from epic, clean fantasy topics to aggressive, venomous calls to war. The theme of each song bleeds through in its lyrics, riffing and solos. Whether the hunter is a soldier in the first world war, a 19th century serial killer or whether he embodies the mysterious leader of the cult of the Hunter, all songs and lyrics have a beginning, a middle and an end - just like all good stories. They showcase the variety and range of the heavy metal that Hunter creates.
RecordingThis album was recorded during one cold December weekend in 2018, on an analog Tascam M600 at studio The Rhythm Cage in Kruibeke, Belgium. Recorded and produced by Hunter. Engineered, mixed and mastered by The Rhythm Cage's own Marc Van Mieghem. This album is self-published by Hunter and is made available at all major online music services. Physical copies can be ordered with the band.
The dark and threatening, apocalyptic prophet in the opening song Dominion returns in the album finale Glorious. The prophet of the Hunter summons victorious melodies and in true heavy metal form promises your doom and demise, marries the left with the right, evokes the eternal battle of good versus evil, and guess whose side we're on... With dominant guitar choirs like these, you can't help but look forward to Armageddon if such pure triumph is guaranteed. Dominion acknowledges and embraces nihilism and our mortality, Glorious finds comfort in an assuredly demonic apocalyptic reign.
Infiltrator is a mid-tempo locomotive that takes you to a rainy, new-retro neon city. The rhythm section evokes the steady march of an advanced cyborg. A flashing solo traces the sky like a phaser plasma gun. The city turns on the hunter and becomes his necropolis.
A popular character takes the stage in Then Comes The Night, which tells the story of Jack the Ripper from his point of view. As the intro rolls on, you can see the fog spill over a 19th century London, and when darkness falls a fast riff follows everyone's hasty footsteps home. Until they abruptly end when the Ripper emerges from the night.
You are invited by a carny showman to look at the world his way, as in Underground he questions the answers and rules of religion, society, the afterlife. As he clearly desires change, the music also questions heavy metal standards and reimagines the genre. Maybe the only song with an optimistic, hopeful ending as an innocent child can reimagine a world where sin lives not.
World War 1 is the topic of No Man's Land. The drums sound like cannons, the bass rolls on like a tank, and the guitars embody the madness of war as we wonder what we fight for, whom we fight for, and why god has abandoned us. War is a big red dragon that lives and breathes under no man's land and drinks its blood voraciously. Let this song grab you like the dragon's talons rise up from the dirt, greedily grabbing soldiers, mothers and children.
The Knight Of The Black Rose is the first part of an epic tale of Lord Soth, a character from the Dragonlance series. Listen as Tolkienesque goblins, orcs and ogres lumber across the land, with their grunts and screeches. Listen as the knight comes to the heroic rescue of an elf priestess. The solo describes her fairness. Then the knight's wife becomes jealous and hatches a plan. Listen as Shakespearean witches cook nasty ingredients in a cauldron... A clean and friendly voice announces the birth of the Lord's child, but it is born in the image of his dark soul and the solo elicits the movement of your stomach as you lay your eyes on the malformed creature for the first and last time. Because as the knight kills his family and curses his keep and everyone in it, you join his certain descent to madness.