Demon Hunter frontman Ryan Clark told AntiMusic
the story of this brutally percussive album opener: "We met as a band a few months before we started recording to go over all of the demos, which was a first for us. This little brainstorming session really helped us hone in on how we were going to approach each song. As we began to build upon 'Death,' it seemed pretty unanimous to use the track as the album's opener. It's different than any album opener we've done in the past, so it felt like a fresh idea. It's certainly not the fastest song on Extremist
, but it's arguably the heaviest, so it really helps inject some guts from the get-go.
This was one of the first songs I wrote for the record. I channelled some of the repetitive simplicity from 'LifeWar,' using that model as a prototype without regurgitating it. To me, 'LifeWar' was almost my homage to simple, driving hardcore songs like Earth Crisis' 'Firestorm,' whereas 'Death' feels more like a simplified Meshuggah track, or something from A Life Once Lost's Ecstatic Trance
album - which I really love.
The intro for the song took a few creative turns throughout the process, but we're very pleased with what we settled on. The idea was to take the main riff from the song and mimic it's key and cadence/rhythm with layered vocals. I think there's something like 24 tracks of vocals at a certain point.
After the main pieces were recorded for the intro, Jeremiah built upon it with pounding drums and atmospheric textures. These additions really make this a 'headphones song,' because it's extremely layered throughout.
The idea to bend the first note of the main riff was an idea that came to me after I recorded the demo. I think it adds a really dark, unsettling element to the part."