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Song of the Day and Lyrics – The Gauntlet (Demon Hunter) from Self-Titled

19 Mar

The original Demon Hunter (Band Pic, Self-titled Debut Album)

Demon Hunter's self-titled debut album band pic from the back cover.

The Gauntlet by Demon Hunter, lyrics included below, from their Self-titled debut album (2002) is probably one of their most overlooked and underappreciated songs ever. The piece is REALLY unique for the band, as there is nothing else they’ve recorded that is quite like it.

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The song is played extremely slow, and is a “ballad” (what the band calls their “slow” songs), but has a kind of menacing quality to it that is very interesting indeed. A sense of depression pervades from beginning to end. Overall it is one of my favorite Demon Hunter tracks, and is one of their longest songs, clocking in at nearly seven minutes. I love the drums at the end, by far my favorite part of the song.

The Gauntlet Lyrics:

I hold you in…
Like a DEEP BREATH….
Feel you like… the last beautiful…TOUCH…
Before a final REST
I know I’ll see you forever…
I want it painted BLACK AND RED

It’s so beautiful to me…
It is everything I see…..
It’s so beautiful to me…
But it’s nothing that I NEED

And I can’t taste… anything less….
Every time I’m forced DOWN

To be with yourself…
Take all the blood you WANT
But not me….from here…..

It’s so beautiful to me…
It is everything I see…..
It’s so beautiful to me…
But it’s nothing that I NEED

Not a HAND
not a FINGER….

This is my HOME
I’m dying HERE

I hide in the CORNER….

That look on your FACE…
I’m ACCUSTOMED TO IT……….

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Behind the Song – The Gauntlet (By Ryan Clark, lead vocalist of Demon Hunter and writer of all their material)
“This song is about holding onto something despite the harmful effects it may have on your life. It paints a picture of growing accustomed to something to the degree that it manifests itself into an action of second nature. Some things that we do consistently, we become numb to. This song speaks about realizing the destructive power of these things, and taking action to become effected by them once again.” – Ryan Clark, Demon Hunter

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See previous “Song of the Day” entries:

Previous Songs of the Day
* Misconception By LeCrae Featuring Propaganda, Braille and Odd Thomas
* Fearless by For Today
* One Sixteen by Trip Lee Featuring LeCrae
* MAD by E.B.R.U. Featuring Durrty Goodz
* Through Struggle By As I Lay Dying
* School of Hard Knocks By P.O.D.
* Infected By 12 Stones
* The Sphere of Hip-Hop By Mars iLL
* God of Nothing By MyChildren MyBride
* Silent Hill 1 Videogame Soundtrack Full Download
* Rush By Aly & AJ
* Dreamdecipher by Miseration
* Let You Down By P.O.D.
* They Like Me By KJ-52 Featuring LeCrae
* Heavy Prey By Lacey Mosley Strum of Flyleaf From Underworld: Awakening Soundtrack
* KJ-52 Exclusive WatchUsPlayGames Interview
* Four Wall Blackmail by Dead Poetic
* Fighter By Manafest
* Immortal By War of Ages
* Crowns By Phinehas
* Hell March Remix From Red Alert 3
* The Latest and the Last and Grand Finale By Demon Hunter
* Storm the Gates of Hell and Lead Us Home By Demon Hunter
* Feel As Though You Could by Demon Hunter
* The Wind By Demon Hunter
* Get Well By Icon For Hire
* The Science of Lies By Demon Hunter
* Hounds of Love By Eivor
* The Gauntlet By Demon Hunter
* Pokerap Pokemon Anime Theme Song Season 1
* Perfect Weapon By Black Veil Brides
* Trollabundin By Eivor
* No Reason To Exist By Demon Hunter
* Tie This Around Your Neck By Demon Hunter
* I Play Dead By Demon Hunter
* Goodbye For Now By P.O.D.

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