Defiance (USA-CA)
Beyond Recognition


2.0
poor

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
July 12th, 2006 | 13 replies | 4,035 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Welcome to another ¨Defiance¨-review, I listen it through carefully and this is the result of it and I hope that it will give some guidance to those who wants to search for new styles of thrash-metal or music in general. So here we go, the Bay-Area thrashers of ¨Defiance¨ continues to deliver samshing riffings and drumming but the is just one problem here, if you want to know more then you have to read the whole thing. This album is called ¨Beyond Recognition¨, this album didn't get much attention when all other sorts of music and albums came to birth, the line-up for this album is:

Steve Esquivel - vocals
Doug Harrington - guitars
Jim Adams - guitars
Mike Kaufmann - bass
Matt Vander Ende - drums

This album was not a great one in my opinion, the album has some really have guitar riffs and heavy drumbeats but it is the song-structures which is the whole problem. I found many songs to be slow, uncatchy and very staccato, there was no good flow in the songs and that made them all to sound boring. The songs starts pretty good but then the songs looses their edge, the songs gets slower and the songs feels kind of hacky and sluggish, but of course there are some very good songs here though.

The things that I enjoyed was the vocals for example, I am a big fan of ¨Testament¨ because of the vocals, Steve's vocals is very similar to Chuck Billy's vocals that it is almost spooky. He has the same depth and dark tune as Chuck's vocals has, I guess that there are people that would think that Steve is Billy. A thing that I enjoyed very much of this album was the balance bewteen the instruments, this time there is nothing that sounds overdone or is to loud. The guitars sounds thicker and stronger, the drumming is quite improved and the vocals are very good. The bass is still quite low but you can hear is pretty good, but there is still no variation in the bass such as solos or stuff like that.

And now to the things that I didn't like at all, the songs. Most songs bored me so hard, when I listen to the album on my walkman I do not know when the album has been repeated, some songs that I find good reminds me where in the album I'm at, but otherwise I'm just lost. As i said, the songs are boring, the songs has good intros but the main pattern in the songs becomes sluggish and uncatchy, the riffing isn't flowing and the drumming slows down. The riffing is quite advanced but the riffs does not fit to the songs, fast riffs to a slow song does not make any success if you ask me.

Oh, my reviews starts to get shorter I see now, I couldn't find any more details about this album so I hope this was good enough. This is what I felt about this album, I think it sounds like a ¨Testament¨ copy when I hear Steve's vocals and almost every song bored me. There was some song that was really good to me but most of the time I just got bored, I used to thrash-metal which is fast, heavy, melodic and a bit aggressive like ¨Megadeth¨, ¨Overkill¨, ¨Kreator¨, ¨Testament¨ and lots of others. This is the only thrash-metal band that I have felt bad about. I could recommend this album and band to thrash-metal fans and/or other metal heads.

PROS
+ Better sound when it comes to the instruments
+ The vocals are good (people who like Testament would like this)

CONS
- The songs are boring, there is no real thrash spirit in them
- The song-patterns is to variating

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- Dead Silence
-- The Chosen

Overall album rating will be: 2/5



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Apocalyptic Raids
July 12th 2006



810 Comments


Just a Testament wannabe, really :-|

Apparently they reunited.

metallicaman8
July 12th 2006



4677 Comments


Adequate review, not your best, though.

Brain Dead
July 12th 2006



1150 Comments


I agree with Metallicaman, this isn't your best effort. You seem to be in such a rush to churn out reviews that you don't make every one top-notch. Slow down the output, increase the quality. But you sure are a master of thrash.

Dethtrasher
July 12th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Agree, I had no inspiration when I wrote this, sorry.
These guys are going to release a new album in the end of -06, hope it is better than this cr@p.

Cravinov13
July 12th 2006



3854 Comments


I don't like thrash so much, so I doubt I'd like this.

Dethtrasher
July 12th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha, thanks Brain Dead
Yes you are right, I have been rushing a bit on my latest reviews. I'm running out of thrash now so it may be a gap in my reviewing later on, but I will keep looking though.

Dethtrasher
July 12th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Crav, do this band a favor and do NOT listen to their music, just a waste of time.

Cravinov13
July 12th 2006



3854 Comments


Sound smor eliek I'd be doing MYSELF a favor not to listen to them.

Dethtrasher
July 12th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

That's what I meant, excuse my english. If you don't like thrash then you should not listen to this.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 12th 2006



3995 Comments


So, the riffs are heavy, the vocals are similar to those of another singer, but the songs are boring. So it's a metal band from the Bay Area...

Storm In A Teacup
July 12th 2006



12687 Comments


That cover art may be worse than "Stadium Arcadium's".

Dethtrasher
July 12th 2006



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Many Bay-Area bands are great but this band is one of the worst in my opinion.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 12th 2006



3995 Comments


Hahha I really like Light This City.



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