Act of Defiance, Artists / Bands, Concert Photos, Music Reviews

Act Of Defiance is a metal band, hailing all the way from California. Act Of Defiance follows in the footsteps of fellow American thrash metal bands such as Nevermore, Metal Allegiance and Testament. In 2014 Act Of Defiance rose like a phoenix from the ashes of Megadeth, after guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover quit the band.

Henry Derek Bonner (vocals)
Chris Broderick,
Chris Broderick,
Chris Broderick,
Chris Broderick and Henry Derek Bonner

 

Act of Defiance, Artists / Bands, Band Interviews, Music Reviews

Chris Broderick – Interview

Interview with Chris Broderick

(Act Of Defiance)

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After getting out of work I ran for the bus up to Camden, of course after weeks of burning sunshine and drought, as soon as I stepped out the office doors, the heavens opened upon me. So, unfortunately I had to arrive to the interview half drenched. But hey, who cares when you’re going to meet Chris Broderick! We had a chill chat on the sofa back stage before the gig, it was just like talking to a mate down the pub, almost forget I was talking to a metal legend!

This was definitely the best interview so far, as Chris has always been one of my all-time favorite guitarists; his talent is undeniable and awe-inspiring. They say don’t meet your heroes, but he was genuinely such an open and friendly guy, despite his impressive career in some of the best metal super-groups. Getting to meet him and chat was definitely an experience I will never forget.

Hi Chris, as it’s your first European tour, is there anywhere you’re most excited to play?

C: To be honest, we are actually really excited to play here. Camden and The Underworld is such a big name in the rock and metal world. And I haven’t played here since 2014, so it’s great to be back.

Why and under which circumstances did you decide to form Act Of Defiance?

C: We were passionate about playing whatever type of music we want to play.

Are there any plans to record a new album anytime soon? 

C: We are still in mid-tour mode, alongside Armored Saint, which we’re really enjoying, so want to continue that for now. So there’s no immediate plans for a new album. But we have been working on few new tracks.

What do you want to achieve long-term with Act Of Defiance?

C: We have no fixed long term plans, we just want to continue playing the music we want, and see where it goes.

Did you bring any elements or influences from your previous bands (such as Megadeath, Eidolon, Scar The Martyr) or did you want to create something completely new?

C: You know how it is, you always pick up elements from your history. I think we have all taken parts from our past that we liked.

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Act of Defiance, Artists / Bands, Concert Reviews

Act Of Defiance – Concert Review

Act Of Defiance is a metal band, hailing all the way from California. Act Of Defiance follows in the footsteps of fellow American thrash metal bands such as Nevermore, Metal Allegiance and Testament. In 2014 Act Of Defiance rose like a phoenix from the ashes of Megadeth, after guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover quit the band.

Although they’ve only been performing since 2015, they’ve already cemented their place in the halls of metal. I was excited to witness Act Of Defiance’s first ever European tour, celebrating their newly released album “Old Scars, New Wounds”. Their epic follow up album to their 2015 hit “Birth and the Burial”.

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This was one definitely one of my favourite gig reviews to date, growing up listening to his music in Megadeth, I have always admired and been insanely jealous of his legendary guitar skills. Being able to meet and actually talk to him, on top of finally seeing his guitar work close-up was an incredible experience I won’t forget, and one of my best birthday presents! You always worry that famous musicians from world renown supergroups would be, justifiably, arrogant. But he was open and friendly, it was just like chatting to a mate down the pub. They say don’t meet your heroes, but I was not disappointed. And you could tell by crowd’s reaction, that they were all as excited as me to see them play their first gig of their first ever European tour! The dance floor was packed despite the heat and humidity. And when he stepped out onto that stage, there were shouts and cries, and many fists raised into the air, reaching desperately up toward them.

One of the most unique and captivating elements to their songs, is the constantly varying pitch and tone, keeping the listener on their toes. The mix of high powered, high energy thrash metal contrasts, yet also compliments, the slow and melodic elements. There are elements of slow and dramatic power ballads mixed in with the heavy and fast paced instrumentals. This mix of genres spreads throughout their new album, “The Talisman” gives the it a new twist, bringing in different tempos and themes.

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