We’d known that former Megadeth members Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover, after leaving the band last year, had formed a new project. Then we’d learned that former Scar the Martyr singer Henry Derek and current Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand had joined the project. Now the band has a name, Act of Defiance, and a label, Metal Blade. The band’s debut album will be released this Summer, but they’ve released a snippet of a song, “Throwback,” which can be heard below.
The band is, of course, pretty pumped to be putting out an album. Chris Broderick commented, saying:
I am so excited to finally be able to announce Act Of Defiance to the world. Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Zeuss. I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to METAL! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal. It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it.”
Drover also commented:
“Having our new band, Act Of Defiance, sign with Metal Blade Records is a real thrill for me. I started my musical career with Brian Slagel and the Metal Blade family many years ago, so to come full circle at this point is a real musical home-coming, of sorts. I couldn’t be happier about that. What thrills me the most is the fact that myself, Chris Broderick, Henry Derek and Matt Bachand all have in common is that from the get-go, we wanted this band to be 100% PURE Heavy Metal! No compromises, no ulterior motives other than making the best HEAVY METAL music we can. Metal Blade shares this vision, which really puts us all on the same page, musically.”
The other guys, as well as Metal Blade president Brian Slagel, also commented, but you probably want to hear