Defiant are a band from Croatia that h as been featured before in this zine and plays a blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their self released 2022 ep "Vanguards Of Misrule".
Spoken word parts which also return on later songs start off the ep before going into a very fast and brutal direction which also utilizes a great amount of blast b eats. Vocals are a mixture of death metal growls and black metal screams while melodies can also be heard in the guitar riffing at times and the music also mixes in both modern and old school influences.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the solos and leads are also done in a very chaotic yet melodic style. Tremolo picking can also be heard in some of t he faster riffing along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them as well as one track also introducing clean playing onto the recording and the ep also closes with a cover of Fields Of Nephilim's "Dawnrazor".
On this recording Defiant remains true to the blackened style of death metal that they have established on previous releases. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover supernatural, religion and perversion themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Defiant and if you are a fan of blackened death metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dii Inferni" and "Expulsion Of The Triumphant beast". 8 out of 10.
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