Defender was born in the summer of 1994 by Segeboden to play pure heavy metal. While the band became dormant for several years, when Cranium became a priority, the band returned with the renewed interest in the style. Two members were recruited and an album was soon released.
DEFENDER - THEY CAME OVER THE HIGH PASS - NECROPOLIS
Heavily influenced by the fantasy book genre, here comes one of the early fruits of Necropolis' decision to branch out of the confined black metal genre. Still, the label didn't have to search far, for in defender, the label's picked up an old project of Philip Von Segebaden whose Cranium project is at home on the label. An obvious comparison here would be Manowar musically - and with the fantasy reference lyrically as well - for that's where the band's riffing and tempo lies. Still, Defender sounds like a disjointed effort. There are one too many drawn out moments here that sound like they were pieced together from a collection of prefabricated riffs. The vocals too are mostly on the weak side of things not lending much to the efforts of the band to produce a melodic metal legend. Still, Defender can lay claim to fine guitar melodies and twin rhythms - a must for this sub-genre - yet that alone is not enough value for the buying fan. - Ali "The Metallian"