Sgt. Serpent, Chuck Knuckles, Utah Biggs, Arm, and John Gredal comprise the heavy, aggressive metal sounds of Seattle's Demon Hunter. They hooked up with Aaron Sprinkle (MxPx, Dolour, Poor Old Lu) for their Solid State self-titled debut, which appeared in fall 2002. Their individual identities were later revealed as brothers (and ex-Training for Utopia members) vocalist Ryan Clark and guitarist Don Clark, drummer Jesse Sprinkle (ex-Poor Old Lu), bassist Joe Dunn, and guitarist Kris McCaddon (ex-Embodyment).
Summer of Darkness was issued in mid-2004, after which a couple membership changes occurred. Sprinkle left to join Dead Poetic and was replaced by Timothy "Yogi" Watts (ex-Lonely Hearts), and McCaddon exited to be replaced by Ethan Luck (formerly of the O.C. Supertones). Triptych followed in 2005. Demon Hunter's fourth album, Storm the Gates of Hell, marked their debut on the mainstream U.S. album chart in late 2007. The concert albums 45 Days and Live in Nashville arrived in 2008 and 2009, respectively, followed in 2010 by the all-new studio recording The World Is a Thorn.
The group's sixth full-length outing, True Defiance, arrived in 2012, and proved to be their most successful outing to date, reaching number 36 on the Billboard 200 and number two on the Top Christian Albums chart. Arriving in 2014, Extremist was another strong entry into their discography, debuting at number 16 on the Billboard 200. In 2017 Demon Hunter issued the PledgeMusic-funded Outlive, their much anticipated eighth studio album. ~ MacKenzie Wilson