2/11/2019

Critical Defiance- Misconception (Album Review)


Musician: Critical Defiance
Album Title: Misconception
Genre/ Subgenre: Thrash Metal
Label: Unspeakable Axe Records
Release Date: February 8, 2019

Chilean thrashers Critical Defiance have made their debut album in the razor fast Misconception. This technically savvy shredder is sure to please fans of old school thrash metal,

The music is a battering assault of speed, shouted gang vocals, and pummeling power. The influence of bands like Nuclear Assault, Exodus, and Slayer comes out loud and clear and is a pleasure for anyone who grew up with a denim jacket that was filled with patches of bands like these. Critical Defiance are mostly interested in a lightning fast style, but they are not above changing things up.

Case in point, the catchy instrumental, "507" grooves and mixes in some soaring and shredding leads. It is literally impossible to not headbang and play air guitar while hearing it. "What About You" has a really cool drum intro that goes right into a song that is fast and pummeling in its intensity. I love the little bits of shred throw in  that build up to one hell off a chainsawesque riff. The angry vocals further drive the ferocity of the music. "Onset" starts off with fast and complex guitar playing that thoroughly demonstrates the bands' amazing musical abilities. The song, itself, is a full throttle and unrelenting attack of speed and anger.


With Misconception,  Critical Defiance doesn't break any new ground, but they don't need to. It's appeal is in its 80's inspired thrash attack. It is also in the jaw dropping musicianship that is on-hand. The band know how to play the fuck out of fast and complex music. In all, it is a riff-tastic delight for fellow fans of this killer style of metal.


3 out of 5

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