Hailing from Zaporozhye, Ukraine, Defiant are a heavy power metal band set to unleash their latest album Time Isn’t Healing on November 25.
The album is a melting pot of classic power metal featuring the usual suspects; muscular riffs, machine gun double pedalling, strong melodic vocals and atmospheric keyboards. The band unashamedly wear their influences on their sleeves throughout the twelve tracks, such as Evergrey in the title track, Helloween in Milestones of Time and some Edguy in Don’t Trust The Words.
Standout track Funeral Feast grabs the listener instantly with a great chugging bassline and hi-hat rhythm from bassist Oleg Yakovlev and drummer Evgeniy Smolin, before breaking into a heavy assault of guitar and keyboard delivered by Andrey Turkovsky on strings and Victoria Terzieva on keys.
As with every release that falls under the power metal genre, one of the most important aspects is the vocal delivery, and frontman Stanislav Proshkin delivers the goods. You can tell English isn’t his first language with some lyrics bordering slightly on Eurovision cheese, but that isn’t such a bad thing.
All in all, Defiant have crafted a solid album and foundation to build from. There’s room to grow and improve, but with this release they have all the right ingredients to succeed.
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