Title: DefianceLabel: Rocksector Records
time I checked in with the Absolva band camp was back in
2014 during the ‘Anthems to the Dead’ era. Since
then they have notched another studio release under their
belt and played as backing musicians (studio and live) on
two of Blaze Bayley’s solo albums.
I immediately noticed is that ‘Defiance’ sounds like
classic Absolva. This may be an obvious statement, but
the British quartet have crafted out their own identifiable
sound and tone that makes them stand well above the copious
amount of other classic metal acts.
I love about this record is the unashamed NWOBHM
(particularly Iron Maiden) influence that bleeds through
every track. Fist pumping metal anthems are plentiful
as epitomized in ‘Alarms’, ‘Midnight Screams’ and
‘Rise Again’. Stacks of memorable melodies and
hooks had me returning to songs such as ‘Reflection’ and
‘Life on the Edge’ time and time again. The
standout track has to be ‘Fistful of Hate’, which sounds
akin to Iron Maiden’s ‘Stranger in a Strange
Land’. Starting with a thunderous galloping bassline,
this gem has an absolute stonking chorus and packs enough
melodic clout to satisfy the most die-hard metal fan.
If the Oxford English dictionary had a single word to describe contemporary classic metal it would be listed as ‘Absolva’. ‘Defiance’ is incredibly addictive; it ticks all the right boxes and is without a doubt a high contender for album of the year!! \M/ \M/
Review by: Rob Herald
On The Edge
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