Release Date Sept 29 2017
Album review w/ Reckless Ronny
‘Old Scars, New Wounds’ is like an assorted box of chocolate sweets - that are enjoyable every time you crack the lid. From the opening track ‘M.I.A’ that resembles their sound from their debut release - (also their first official video from this album ) ‘Molten Core’ blazes your ear hole into new terrain of intense thrash metal molten lava. Henry Derek’s vocals command on this song and his range and talent is more prolific throughout this disc, with each songs varying style. ‘Overexposure ‘melds a gritty - à la DevilDriver with a catchy AX7 choruses and deep bass drops that works very well. Chris Brodericks’ intense fretwork and masterful framework propels each song on this record.
A beautiful twin acoustic guitar intro opens the book of the ‘Talisman’. A rumbling ascension of heavy melody that is catchy as fuck and brooding with technical riffs at the same time! A dynamic rhythm pocket has evolved between Shawn Drover and Matt Bachand that has a progressive precision, adding a superb low-end melodic heaviness. ‘Lullaby Of Vengeance’ delivers a nice swagger that brightens things up with dynamic key changes and a bright sound. The one that you crank the subs to 10 in the car and cruise!
‘Circle Of Ashes’ is an interesting song with its clean abrasion and guttural gallop, that is mean as hell, yet profanely positive in its message. Stand up for something- you gunna leave a mark. The production is top notch on this album throughout as exemplified on the track ‘Reborn”. A superb head-banger or perhaps the continuous tacit nod that you do at your desk listening to the metal lol. A good jogging song that you’ll want on your player ~ sweet Megadeth lead runs \m/
‘Conspiracy Of The Gods’ delves into a brutal blackened death metal ‘old scars -new wounds’ approach, unleashing the floodgates with metal music magic. Definitely my favorite song on this disc. Chris Broderick has a tasty sweep attack in store for you with ‘Another killing Spree’. Backed with a thick Pantera-esq southern drawl and a deep end smorgasbord of heavy metal with tantalizing lead runs (you got here this one).
I feel that Act of Defiance is in touch with their fan base and know what they want to hear – yet creating what they want to play, as with ‘Broken Dialect’. The song smokes with full on production and a quilted blending of heavy metal genre’s, yet keeping dynamic progressive structure, that is quite enjoyable to listen to again and again, a gem.
A fitting ending for a robust album that is all killer and no filler (yeah I said that) ‘Rise Of Rebellion’ is a power-house of metal alchemy with an enticing melodic chorus interlude and a brutal musical onslaught, that shapes this album out nicely. Act of Defiance have mastered a gem with this release. Defining an explosive metal sound with ferocious tenacity, reaching new audiences in the wake with intriguing and thought-provoking music, that will pummel ~ taking you for a journey every time \m/
Chris Broderick – Guitars
Matt Bachand – Bass
Shawn Drover – Drums
Henry Derek – Vocals
2.Molten Core 03:28
4.The Talisman 05:53
5.Lullaby of Vengeance 04:11
6 Circle of Ashes 03:50
7. Reborn 03:55
8.Conspiracy of the Gods 4:46
9. Another Killing Spree 04:34
10. Broken Dialect 04:44
11. Rise of Rebellion 05:08
I strongly suggest this one for your album collection 9/10 and tell a friend ;}
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