Summer of Darkness

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Summer of Darkness
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 4, 2004
RecordedNovember – December 2003
StudioCompound Studios, Seattle, Washington
LabelSolid State
ProducerAaron Sprinkle
Demon Hunter chronology
Demon Hunter
Summer of Darkness
The Triptych
Singles from Summer of Darkness
  1. "Not Ready to Die"
    Released: 2004[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms8/10 stars[3]
Jesus Freak Hideout4/5 stars[4]
Melodic.net2.5/5 stars[5]
Punknews.org2/5 stars[6]

Summer of Darkness is the second album by American metalcore band Demon Hunter, released through Solid State in 2004.

Vocalist Ryan Clark described the album as being heavier than its predecessor. Indeed, while the band's debut was recorded in drop C tuning, Summer of Darkness would be dropped further to drop B tuning. He also cited that the group had more time to record than with their previous release.[7] Summer of Darkness enlists the help of several friends of Demon Hunter in the form of guest vocals.

The album's lead single, "Not Ready to Die" received significant airplay on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball and Fuse TV. "My Heartstrings Come Undone" was also featured on the soundtrack to Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

In June 2004, Demon Hunter began touring the United States in promotion of Summer of Darkness. This included all major cities and extended to the East Coast where they had not previously performed.

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Demon Hunter.

1."Not Ready to Die"5:03
2."The Awakening"4:11
3."Beheaded" (featuring Mike Williams)3:14
4."My Heartstrings Come Undone"4:38
5."Our Faces Fall Apart" (featuring Howard Jones)4:52
6."Less Than Nothing"2:57
7."Summer of Darkness"3:10
8."Beauty Through the Eyes of a Predator" (featuring Brock Lindow)5:32
9."Annihilate the Corrupt"4:09
10."I Play Dead"5:20
11."Everything Was White"3:54
12."Coffin Builder" (featuring Trevor McNevan)4:01
13."The Latest and the Last"3:42
Total length:54:43


Year Chart Position
2004 Top Christian Albums 23
2004 Top Heatseekers 22


Demon Hunter
Production and additional musicians
  • Aaron Mlasko - Drum Technician
  • Aaron Sprinkle - Producer
  • Brandon Ebel - Executive Producer
  • Demon Hunter - Art Direction, Design
  • J.R. McNeely - Mixing
  • Jeff Gros - Photography
  • Kris McCaddon - Cover Photo
  • Tyson Paoletti - A&R
  • Zach Hodges - Assistant Producer


  1. ^ Portell, Paul (November 20, 2005). "Demon Hunter, "The Triptych" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Stafford, James (December 2004). "Demon Hunter - Summer Of Darkness". Cross Rhythms (83).
  4. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout review
  5. ^ Roth, Kaj. " - Demon Hunter - Summer Of Darkness". Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  6. ^ Brian (22 June 2004). "Demon Hunter - Summer of Darkness". Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  7. ^ Wayfaerer Demon Hunter Interview (November 26, 2003).
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