Review by Larry Paterson
Artist: DEF CON ONE
Album: Brute Force and Ignorance
Label: Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records
Release Date: 16 October 2013
1. Brute Force And Ignorance
2. Caving In
3. Weapons Of War
4. No More Hate
DEF CON ONE have been around since 1998, albeit on hiatus for some of that time while lineups were finalised and band members busy elsewhere. Fortunately they have been hitting the live UK circuit for some time now and issued their debut album ‘Warface’ in 2012. Their blend of various shades of metal and hardcore hit the spot and saw the band playing the length and breadth of the UK. Now, while waiting for the arrival of their second album, we have been given a four track vinyl-only EP to fill the gap, which, in my opinion, shows the band improving on what was already a winning formula.
Title track ‘Brute Force And Ignorance’ opens fast, seeming to almost pick up where their debut album left off. Johnny’s guitar and Steve’s bass riffing lock in perfectly with Antton’s drums , both Johnny and Steve also providing genuinely meaty backing vocals on the chorus. Likewise, the downtuned guitar sounds so heavy it may well be tuned to ‘H’. After Davey pummels you with the first two verses it is the impeccably melodic vocal line that begins at 1:39 (and is repeated later)that not only sticks firmly in your head but provides a perfect counterpoint to the full-on aggression usually in the voice. It fits perfectly and showcases the evolutionary strides forward that DEF CON ONE are making after years of hard gigging.
‘Caving In’ follows with more solid guitar/bass riffing meshing perfectly with Antton’s kick drum driven groove. It actually stood out to me that Antton’s powerhouse drumming on this EP was rooted firmly around his kick drum and snare grooves, rather than using many tom rolls, which locks the rhythm of the tracks so tightly in place that you just know it is a result of the constant road work that the band have put in.
‘Weapons Of War’ clocks in at 6:10 and is the longest track on the EP, starting with a mid-paced riff that gets the head moving straight away. Yet again the trademark synchronisation of guitar, bass and drums gives Davey a chance to pour some killer vocals on top, backed by the ever mighty backing vocals of Johnny and Steve.
‘No More Hate’ rounds off the EP; a whispered intro leading into a savage pummeling of riffing and double bass drums. As much as I actually don’t like the term (it’s a personal thing – I’m sick of tiny nonsensical pigeon holes that people seem to want to stick every single metal band within), this is perhaps what people mean when they describe something as full on ‘groove metal’; this is the track that perhaps reminds me most of ‘Warface’.
Unfortunately this seems a slightly repetitious review – the same comments can apply to all the tracks: great ‘in your face’ vocals with melodic counterpoint; solid full-power drumming; tight and ‘hook-laden’ riffing; well constructed songs. But don’t let that fool you because fortunately, though the same points may apply to all, each track here has its own unique identity and ultimately they have added four more killer tunes to DEF CON ONE’s formidable reputation. The band has its own voice that sounds like no other – a genuine compliment in a metal world that sometimes thrives on rehashing what went 20 years before – and they are certainly a major force in UK metal. Having seen them live several times I can also safely say that as good as this EP is….wait until you hear this stuff on stage! Get hold of this EP now and support one of the UK’s finest.
Album Rating: 9/10
Band Members: Davey Meikle – vocals
Johnny Hunter – guitar
Steve Miller – bass
Antton Lant – drums
English thrash metallers DEF CON ONE released the video for the new song ”Brute Force and Ignorance” live via the Terrorizer website today. You can watch the video below:
Terrorizer will also be running a competition to win a signed copy of the new EP on 12″ green vinyl.
The new EP “Brute Force And Ignorance,” is hot on the heels of last years’ debut album “Warface” and is due for release soon. For more information, check out the official DEF CON ONE facebook page at this location.
DEF-CON-ONE has checked in with the following announcement:
“DEF-CON-ONE will release a new E.P. on vinyl “Brute Force And Ignorance” through Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records in October. It’s going to be a 12” Nuclear Green Vinyl with All four tracks on one side and DEF-CON-ONE signatures “engraved” “gouged” “scratched” into the vinyl on the other side. Full open out gatefold cover packed with live pictures etc.”
The track listing:
Brute Force And Ignorance
Weapons Of War
No More Hate
Newcastle-based metallers DEF-CON-ONE have checked in with the following update:
New song from the Newcastle Upon Tyne kings of heavy DEF-CON-ONE is available as a free download for the track “No More Hate” for a limited time only: 6 weeks, 6 days and 6 hours at http://www.reverbnation.com/defconone/songs
For more information, please visit: http://www.def-con-one.com
Reviewed by Kostya Aronberg
Artist name: Def-Con-One
Label SCARLET RECORDS
Release date/year: 2012
1. Never Look Back
2. March Of The Dead
4. Hold On
6. Stepped In Pain
7. 10 Bullets
8. Feeling Cold
9. My Halo
10 .Hit List
11. In Death
12. Give Me Strength
What is your favourite music style?
Someone says it must be melodic, others say it must be dark and heavy, third say it must be good to their ears.
Well, I think DEF-CON-ONE is the best band for all of these genres!
Bloodstock Festival describes Def-Con-One as coming across like a bar fight between Machine Head, Slayer and Pantera, and I just can’t disagree with them Well, perhaps I will add some Avenged Sevenfold, but that’s only because the vocalist’s voice reminds me sometimes M. Shadows.
The album opens with “Never Look Back” which immediately begins with an amazing drum solo from Antton Lant (ex-Venom) but the guitars join after the first minute and show us an amazing music style with amazing texts! The guys don’t leave you for a moment, they make every muscle in your body wanna dance. This kind of music can be used for every moment in your life, especially when you got a bad time and you wanna destroy something.
The next song “March Of The Dead” continues that “Never Look Back” gave us – adrenaline all over the body! With amazing drums, vocals, guitars and bass. Every riff is where it should be! We can hear and feel that this guys are fucking PRO!!!!!! M-A-R-C-H O-F T-H-E B-E-S-T! Another songs that really grab my attention for be one of the best songs is “Blood” and “10 bullets”. They got amazing riffs and once again perfect drums and voices.
I must say I’m not a big “growl” style fun. When I’d first heard about the band the first I thought that it will be “Venom #2″ because Anton Lavant played. But when I’ve finally heard their all album, my mind changed at 180%! It’s not Venom it’s something else. Better, stronger and much more melodic. I am 100% sure that the band will have a huge success. Not only because they are my friends, but I think this band is the best band for me in 2012 and their album is the best album I’ve heard from the beginning of 2012.
English Metal masters Def-Con-One, featuring former Venom and Mpire Of Evil drummer Antton Lant, have signed a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their debut album ‘Warface’. With influences covering a wide range of musical styles, from modern Metal to old school Rock and Punk, Def-Con-One have been described by the organizers of Bloodstock Open Air Festival (where they played in 2011) as a bar fight between Machine Head, Slayer and Pantera.
Def-Con-One is on a mission to spread their sound and infect the world with ‘Warface’. Songs such as the titletrack and ‘Steeped In Pain’, which offer up huge slabs of aggressive, groove laden riffs, beats and vocals that will be hard to beat. Songs like ‘Blood’, which has harmonies that infect the brain. Hook filled tracks such as ‘My Halo’ and ‘March Of The Dead’. Every song from Def-Con-One is crushing! A solid year of gigs in 2011 increased their fan base and saw them play the length and breadth of the UK. The band has gone from strength to strength and is now ready to unleash themselves upon the world. Listen to the title track here:
Warface will be released June 19th, 2012.
DEF-CON-ONE are on a mission, to spread their sound and infect the world. Songs such as WARFACE and STEEPED IN PAIN offer up huge slabs of aggressive, groove laden riffs, beats and vocals that will be hard to better… Def-Con-One are: DAVEY – vocals, ANTTON – drums, JOHNNY – guitar, STEVE – bass. MSFinland’s Kostya had a chance to chat with band’s drummer, Antton, please join the conversation…
1.Hey Antton, welcome to Metal Shock Finland
HELL YEAH! THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
2. Let’s begin our interview with a question what did you eat today?
IVE JUST FINISHED A NICE CHINESE MEAL THANKS. AND IT WAS INDEED VERY DELICIOUS.