By Andrew Catania
I’ve been waiting patiently for Act of Defiance’s sophomore release, Old Scars, New Wounds. As soon as you hit play, this record rocks from the first beat to the last.
When the Dave Mustaine regime was calling up his musicians to start recording what would eventually be “Dystopia,” Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick knew that it was time to move on. They wanted to express their creativity and write their music instead of being told what to play by King Mustaine. When Act of Defiance was formed, they went from inception, having no record deal, to recording Birth and the Burial and handing in the master to Metal Blade Records in six months. This time around, they didn’t have those issues to deal with.
Producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Allegaeon) guided Act of Defiance to a near-perfect sophomore effort. The album opens up with “M.I.A.” where Broderick’s blazing riffs take you through this song taking issue with fake news. “Molten Core” is a Slayer-ish mosh pit song. We have acoustic guitar parts in “The Talisman.” Old Scars, New Wounds gets heavier with each song.
Henry Derek’s vocals fit this album perfectly. Shawn Drover’s drumming is incredible. Matt Bachand’s bass is mixed elegantly as Chris Broderick’s outstanding guitar playing, tapping, and riffs make this one kick ass album! This was a total band effort, and you can hear it in the music. Mark my words, Act of Defiance will be picked up for a tour with a huge band (Slayer comes to mind). This record is a near masterpiece! Broderick kicks some major ass!
Rating 9.5/10 A must-have for every metalhead and guitar junky!
Lullaby Of Vengeance
Circle Of Ashes
Conspiracy Of The Gods
Another Killing Spree
Rise Of Rebellion
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Label: Metal Blade Records
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