Considering Act Of Defiance feature a plethora of metallic talent amongst their ranks, including former Megadethians Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick, is it wrong to expect something special from their debut album? I don’t think it is, especially considering the remaining spots in the band are taken up by former Scar The Martyr vocalist Henry Derek and Shadows Fall’s former bassist Matt Bachand. These aren’t some two-bit thrash metal musicians we’re talking about here, so this had better be good.

Now, over the years, aside from a few tracks, I’ve never been the world’s biggest Megadeth fan, instead preferring the chaotic thrash smashed out by the likes of Exodus and their ilk. This, however, starts so promising with a furious, neck-wrecking modern thrashfest suitably named “Throwback.” From there on in, while tracks like “Dead Stare” and “Poison Dream” demonstrate how much pedigree there is within the Act Of Defiance line-up, they just fall that little bit short of the standard set by that blistering opener. Elsehwere, Derek provides a suitably throaty roar to back up the fretboard mayhem of the band and, as you listen to him unleashing all manner of snarling vocals on “Legion Of Lies,” you get the feeling it’s this kind of band where Derek has found his groove.

Speaking of “Legion Of Lies,” this is a perfect example of where this release falls that little bit short. You see, Act Of Defiance build up a real head of steam, there are times when they let their foot off the gas to break things up and, while it might work on paper, it just takes the shine off what is otherwise a solid set of modern thrash metal.

Track Listing:

01. Throwback
02. Legion of Lies
03. Thy Lord Belial
04. Refrain and Re-Fracture
05. Disastrophe
06. Dead Stare
07. Poison Dream
08. Obey the Fallen
09. Crimson Psalm
10. Birth and the Burial

Run Time: 47:20
Release Date: August 21, 2015

Check out the song “Throwback” here.

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.