In early June, Christian metalcore act Demon Hunter dropped the single “Freedom Is Dead,” the first from their upcoming new album Exile. Now, the band have released another single, this one titled “Silence the World” and featuring Evergrey’s Tom Englund on guest vocals.
Similar to “Freedom Is Dead,” the visualizer for “Silence the World” seems to suggest that it’s about the digital world and the dangers of social media, though maybe that’s just the general aesthetic that the band are going for this album cycle. But those are sort of where the comparisons end, as that previous single was a fast-and-filthy banger, while this track is an extremely slow, plodding, melancholy one.
Let’s see what singer Ryan Clark says about the song:
“Mental health is all anyone wants to talk about anymore, but we don’t often hear that our collective screen obsessions have anything to do with the issue,. Even when it seems people have pinpointed things like social media as destructive, the concept of abstaining from it is quickly excused away. I often dream of a future of revolt. It may be naïve to think it could happen, but I believe a mass exodus from social media could change nearly everything for the better.”
Fuckin’ called it, social media. Man, 2022 is really shaping up to be the year of everyone complaining about social media. We figure it’s a post-pandemic thing, everyone surfacing after being stuck on their phones and wondering what the fuck happened.
Along those lines, though, with all due respect to Clark, his statement is simply not true. There are right now hundreds if not thousands of thinkpieces online about how social media is wrecking our lives.
ANYway, check out “Silence the World” below. Demon Hunter’s Exile drops September 9th via their new label Weapons MFG, and is available for preorder. Meanwhile, the band are hitting the road later this year, so catch them at one of the following dates below:
09/09 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
09/10 Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
09/11 Alton, VA @ Blue Ridge Rock Fest
09/12 Columbus, OH @ The King Of Clubs
09/13 Warrendale, PA @ Jergels
09/14 Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre
09/15 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
09/16 Fort Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s
09/17 Shippensburg, PA @ Uprise Fest
09/18 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
09/20 Dallas, TX @ Amplified Live
09/21 Austin, TX @ Come And Take It
09/22 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
09/23 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
09/24 Birmingham, AL @ Furnace Fest