Act of Defiance – Birth and the Burial – Metal Blade Records – Release: Out Now.
After their release from Megadeth, guitar player Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover knew they had to keep doing things together, so they found themselves some new colleagues and formed Act of Defiance. Joined by Matthew Bachand from Shadow’s Fall on bass and Henry Derek Bonner, formerly known from Scar the Martyr, on vocals.
Their mission was to create ten in-your-face songs of diverse metal and it has turned out to be quite the melting pot of influences. Not a surprise if you take a look at all the past bands they were involved in.
You can hear clear influences of, surprise, Megadeth, but I also hear some Shadow’s Fall in there, but I also note some definite Pantera like riffing in “Legion of Lies” as well as “Thy Lord Belial” for example. The production is very good; it leaves a lot of room for all instruments and vocals to be heard clearly, without joining the loudness war. I just wonder if all the dual lead parts won’t suffer too much when played live, unless they hire an extra touring guitar player.
In total it’s a very diverse mix of equal parts heaviness in good riffs and a lot of hyper melodic guitarplay. Yet for some reason I just can’t stay excited about the album. It’s a good piece of work, but I hope that this is the groundwork for some truly great stuff on the follow-up.
Score: 3.9 out of 5
Text by: Robert Popovic