Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
It’s been already two years since Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover (after leaving MegaDave) released their debut album entitled ‘Birth And the Burial’ under the name of their new band, Act of Defiance. Not exactly what we have in mind as a supergroup but close enough to be characterized as luxury workers AOD in their first attempt delivered modern thrash metal probably too close to Megadeth and probably the new era of Testament. Now wise enough they try to get away from this approaching and enriched their sound with new elements compared to ‘Birth And the Burial’. Melodic Death Metal is certainly one of them, with guitar themes being similar to many Swedish bands from the 90’s, while the vocalist Henry Derek also uses several tricks showing a variety on the way he sings, switching from aggressive and throaty to clean so easily. Of course we can see songs that reminds us Megadeth once again (‘Broken Dialect’) but definitely the band can claim that have created a kind of a personal sound. In ‘Old Scars, New Wounds’ the speed is there, slick riffs are plentiful, and the melodic elements add an interesting texture. Song structure is not way complicated but it is not definitely simple. The drumming is powerful with many lightning blastbeats but don’t expect any chaotic pummeling but only percussive dynamism, combined with a clear audible bass show. A 100% modern release showing how Thrash Metal is meant to be written in 21st century even though I prefer a less clean cut production to be really honest.