Back in February of this year, the metal world was shocked when all of a sudden, two members of Megadeth had called it quits. Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover who were apart of one of my favorite line ups of Megadeth called it quits and together they formed a new band called Act Of Defiance alongside Shadows Fall guitarist Matt Bachand and former Scar The Martyr vocalist Henry Derrick Bonner. Together the band unleashed a teaser of one of their tracks called Throwback off their upcoming debut album Birth and the Burial which comes out August 21ST via Metal Blade Records. As far as the track is concerned Shawn Drover stated, “Throwback’ is not your average speed/thrash metal tune. The song is also pretty progressive at times with a lot of stopping and starting going into the bridge and they are all at different times, so we really had to memorize the count. I was really impressed with the way Chris wanted to write a little bit out of the box, shall we say. Chris also wrote all of the lyrics for the song, which were also impressive to me. They are certainly dark in the subject matter, as they should be to fit the aggressiveness of the song. Quite a nice fit if you ask me.” As far as the music video was concerned, he added, “Making the video in LA for ‘Throwback’ with Corey was the easiest and most focused video shoot I have ever been a part of. The concept was very ‘old school metal’ In nature with just smoke, lights, the band and METAL! What a concept. We all shared the common vision of just being a metal band captured on film and Corey got it right away. Corey and his entire crew were a sheer joy to work with.

I think it’s safe to say that Throwback is sort of a tribute to some of the early thrash players that Chris Broderick grew to love when he started playing guitar. Broderick states, “Throwback’ came about through the influence of great thrash players such as Kerry King (Slayer) and Rob Cavestany (Death Angel). They gave me the inspiration to write a tear your head off, insanely fast rhythm. From there it progressed as I wrote, into a song that doesn’t only have elements of thrash but everything in between with elements of progressive, and groove. I never expected ‘Throwback’ to be the first release off the CD, as it’s not commercial, doesn’t follow a typical verse, chorus, solo scheme, and is almost six minutes long. However, when you hear the fire, emotion and brutality of the song, it becomes very clear that it was a contender to show people what Act of Defiance is really about.” Check out the video below and stay tuned here for more info on the band when it becomes available. I am hoping they go out on tour very soon, we’ll have to wait and see.

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