So, I picked up the ACT OF DEFIANCE debut album Birth And The Burial today. I was a little skeptical at first, since the last time two dudes left MEGADETH and tried something new, David Ellefson and Jimmy DeGrasso gave us F5, which left a lot to be desired. Not to say that the band wasn’t any good, but you would expect more out of ex-MEGADETH guys. A lot more.
ACT OF DEFIANCE, formed by ex-MEGADETH members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitars), along with singer Henry Derek (ex-SCAR THE MARTYR) and bassist Matt Bachand (SHADOWS FALL) went down a completely opposite path as the boys in F5. The band is a perfect blend of so many different sun-genres of metal, there’s something for virtually everyone. Very old school, no nonsense, in your face metal, but still very new school at the same time.
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The band is extremely tight, but I must point out that Henry Derek’s vocal abilities are an absolute force to be reckoned with. This guy shows an incredible range of ability throughout the album, doing everything from the cleanest, most melodic singing to a hellish, demon conjuring scream and all that could come in between.
I’m including my personal favorite song off the album, “Obey The Fallen”. Each song is so different, so it would be impossible to pick out just one and assume everyone reading will love it, but this was the one in particular that jumped out to me, and I wanted to share with you. I hope you like it as much as I do, because I’ve got a feeling that ACT OF DEFIANCE will be around for quite a while.