The World Is a Thorn

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The World Is a Thorn
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)
RecordedOctober 5 – December, 2009
StudioThe Compound, Seattle, Washington
GenreMetalcore,[1][2][3] groove metal[3][4]
LabelSolid State
ProducerAaron Sprinkle
Demon Hunter chronology
Live in Nashville
The World Is a Thorn
True Defiance
Singles from The World Is a Thorn
  1. "Collapsing"
    Released: February 16, 2010[5]

The World Is a Thorn (also stylized The World Is Λ Thorn) is Demon Hunter's fifth studio album, which was released March 9, 2010.[6] The album is described by the band as their "heaviest but most melodic" album yet.[7] The first single, "Collapsing", which features Björn "Speed" Strid of Soilwork,[8] and the title track were approved for sales on Rock Band's Rock Band Network.[9] It is the only album to feature rhythm guitarist Ryan Helm.

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press3/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms8/10 stars[10]
Jesus Freak HideoutTimothy Estabrooks: 4.5/5 stars[11] Scott Fryberger: 5/5 stars[11]
Metal StormStaff pick[12]
Melodic.net3/5 stars[4]
New Release Tuesday4.5/5 stars[13]
PopMatters8/10 stars [3]
Seattle WeeklyVery highly favorable[14]

All tracks are written by Demon Hunter.

1."Descending Upon Us"5:30
3."Collapsing" (featuring Björn Strid of Soilwork)3:38
4."This Is the Line"3:59
5."Driving Nails"4:06
6."The World Is a Thorn"2:35
7."Tie This Around Your Neck"3:29
8."Just Breathe" (featuring Christian Älvestam of Solution .45)3:55
9."Shallow Water"3:44
10."Feel as Though You Could" (featuring Dave Peters of Throwdown)3:53
11."Blood in the Tears"4:49
Total length:41:34
Deluxe Edition Bonus tracks
12."Desire the Pain"3:57
13."Driving Nails" (String Mix)4:07
Total length:49:34
Digital Deluxe Edition Bonus tracks
14."My Throat Is an Open Grave" (Live Acoustic)3:58
15."Driving Nails" (Live Acoustic)3:48
16."Blood in the Tears" (Live Acoustic)4:29
17."Down in a Hole" (Live Acoustic Alice in Chains cover)6:20
Total length:68:02


"Collapsing", "Driving Nails", "Blood In the Tears" and "LifeWar" were released as singles for the album.

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 39 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 14,000.[16]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard 200 39
US Rock Albums 6
US Hard Rock Albums 2
US Christian Albums 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Christian Albums 49


The album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year, while its deluxe version was nominated for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards.[17]





  1. ^ a b "Allmusic review".
  2. ^ a b Freeman, Phil (March 9, 2010). "FILE UNDER: Jesuscore". Alternative Press. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Colgan, Chris (March 16, 2010). "Demon Hunter: The World is a Thorn". PopMatters. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Holmgren, Henrik. "Melodic Net - Demon Hunter - The World is a Thorn". Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  5. ^ "Collapsing - Demon Hunter". Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Demon Hunter | The World Is A Thorn". Solid State Records. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  7. ^ "Demon Hunter - "The World Is A Thorn" (Two Different Covers) - BANDSONFIRE | Christ-centered Hardcore/Metal/Emo/Punk/Alternative/Rock/Indie/HipHop & more". Bandsonfire. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  8. ^ Collapsing Songfacts
  9. ^ ""Collapsing" - Demon Hunter // Rock Band". Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  10. ^ Young, Tom (January 18, 2011). "Demon Hunter - The World Is A Thorn". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Jesus Freak Hideout review".
  12. ^ Train, Dane (January 23, 2011). "Demon Hunter - The World Is A Thorn". Metal Storm. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  13. ^ piano89 (March 8, 2010). "The World Is A Thorn". New Release Tuesday. NRT Media. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  14. ^ Williams, Joe (December 9, 2011). "You May Not Like The World is a Thorn, But I Bet Mozart or Bach Would". Seattle Weekly. Village Voice Media. Retrieved May 13, 2012.
  15. ^ "Sputnikmusic Review".
  16. ^ "Bits // News // Lambgoat". Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  17. ^ 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominees Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine on

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