Defiant are a band from Croatia that plays a blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Morbid Spiritual Illness" which was released by Miner Recordings.
Ritualistic sounds and clean playing starts off the album and you can also hear pianos being mixed in after a few seconds and they also bring in the atmosphere of a classic horror movie and after the intro the music gets more heavy and goes for more of a blackened death metal direction along with some growling vocals.
Black metal screams can also be heard at times and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard while the riffs also bring in some morbid sounding melodies and the faster riffs also use a decent amount of tremolo picking and throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and clean playing also makes a return in certain sections of the recording on a few tracks while the main focus remains more on a dark, heavy and brutal sound and one of the riffs also adds in a touch of thrash and amost towards the end there is a brief use of melodic guitar leads.
Defiant plays a music style that takes the darkest style of death metal and mixes it with black metal to create their own blackened death metal style, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover anti christian, occult, supernatural and dark themes.
In my opinion Defiant are a very great sounding blackened death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Origen" "The Gospel Of Ninevah" "Earth Cancer" and "Elusive Serpent". 8 out of 10.