There was a time when nearly every metal band out there had it’s foot in Los Angeles, but no more. The impact of technology has allowed bands from all over the world to share equal footing in music, particularly metal. These days Los Angeles is almost a metal afterthought, but Defender threatens to blow that shit up hard and fast!
Formed by former members of Metal Blade recording artists Cellador, guitarist Bill Hudson (who also handles bass duties in the studio) and vocalist Mikey Gremio, Defender boasts an arsenal of metal weaponry. Zodiac Mindwarp drummer Bruno Agra and axe-shredder John Killall round out the quartet.
While the bands influences; Iron Maiden, Pantera, Shinedown, Judas Priest, Helloween, Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Skid Row, Slayer, Fear Factory, Meshuggah, etc., span the metal genre, it is the old school flavors that come to the surface. Gremio’s vocal intimidation at once reminds the listener of Bruce Dickinson.
The guitar shredding is at once blistering and atmospheric. Blending the best of classic metal with more modern touches, including sporadic but crushing polyrhythms.
Despite the onslaught of aural heaviness that the band unleashes, there still exists a gratuitous amount of melody.
The band is set to release its WWIII EP this year as an opening volley to their debut full length album. Of the title track, Hudson had this to say:
“This song is very meaningful to me. It was my first ever attempt at lyrics, although I couldn’t have done it without partnering up with Mikey. I started writing this after a talking with a friend who was about to go be deployed to Iraq. It’s pretty intense. I am an absolute supporter of the troops. I am also very much against the war. I’d much rather NOT have troops deployed… but since they’re there, they have my full support and I tried to show that with this song!”
Defender is so laden with talent and potential, it’s almost unfair to label them a local band, for the question is not if they’ll be signed, but when.
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