Defyance – Reincarnation (Melodic Metal album review)
Iowa’s melodic, heavy metal maniacs Defyance have been around since 1989, but “Reincarnation” is their latest long player in a dozen years or so, and it rocks hard. Despite all of the ups and downs the band has faced throughout the years, their music is fresh and innovative to a certain degree (though not highly groundbreaking), and done quite well.
The singing is definitely one of strongest highlights here, with frontman/acoustic guitarist Brian Harrington singing to his heart’s passion. His range is pretty good and singing flows perfectly with their melodic and at times progressive metal-sounding heavy metal. The musicianship of the rest of the band is spot on, catchy, melodic, and heavy when it needs to be heavy. Nothing on “Reincarnation” is overdone or too overproduced in the studio, as the mixing of the instruments, vocals and volume levels are just balanced fine here.
As songwriters and musicians, the quartet making up Defyance gel together really well, with the end result being a very emotional listening experience with the creation of “Reincarnation”.
The lyrics on this release are very personal and touchy, as singer and songwriter Harrington served in the military, and his service in the armed forces serves for inspiration for a good portion of their songs.
Defyance should appeal to fans of good old heavy, melodic and progressive metal. Some bands as a good reference point for Defyance’s style of metal would be: Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Fates Warning. So, what are you waiting for, go check out Defyance, raise your fists in the air and shout out METAL IS FOREVER!!! Minotauro Records Sarjoo Devani