So I guess this new Portland band features a whole bunch of ex-members-of, but forget all of that because this straight up RIPS on its own merit. I think that if I lived in Portland and Dead Hunt and Long Knife opened every single show (oh, and throw Pressing On in there as well!) I would never get bored. Like Long Knife, Dead Hunt's main inspiration seems to be mid-period Poison Idea, i.e. from War on the Time
until Feel the Darkness
or so. The rhythms are right in the pocket and pretty much mandate headbanging and fist-pumping, but the thing to write home about is that scorching lead guitar. The real gem as far as that goes is the first song, which is a total face-melter with an almost NWOBHM vibe to the solo. Basically, if you like Long Knife you need to hear this... definitely one of the best demos of 2015 so far!