This Croatia-based act was formed in 2005 and threw in the towel four years later. In this period, the group’s demo was called The End Of Beginning and stemmed from 2006. There was also a demo in 2008. The band reformed and issued Era Of Substitution. Tomislav Debelić joined in 2017.
DEFIANT – INSURRECTION ICON – ART GATES
Art Gates has something for fans of Vader, Deicide, Dawn and Dissection. Defiant is not the world’s most technical or skilled band, but the group delivers in terms of speed, heaviness and conviction on song after song. The vocals go from higher pitched blasphemous screams to roars reminiscent of Kataklysm’s Sylvain Houde. There are songs like Of Eternity And Trembling, which follow the path of Dawn and ones like Viva Dolorosa, which veer towards pounding death metal. This latter one has fabulous solo, although the band’s lead work is more of the beautiful noise variety than melodic proficiency. Hear Phosphorus Venus as an example. This album is full of promise. There is a dub of the hallucinating drug addict Aleister Crowley on my favourite song Casus Vir, Coffin Rebirth begins with a spoken piece before picking up, a recording of several Soilwork fans being tortured in the background is on God Of The Gaps and there is godly blasting on A Hymn To Uncreation. No one will think it funny when the singer screams “Fuck your god…” – Ali “The Metallian”