DEF-CON-ONE – Warface
Former Venom drummer Antton Lant put together this UK quartet and spent 2 years refining the 12 songs that make up the “Warface”. With a sound highly Americanized in terms of staccato rhythms, propulsive drum grooves and vocal melodies that straddle the fence between atmospherically clean and monotonous sustained screams, I don’t hear much original that acts like Machine Head or Pantera haven’t done infinitely better in their careers.
Guitarist Johnny Hunter relies on his rack of effects far too much during “March Of The Dead”, and the bass drum tone from Antton is once again very synthetic and thin sounding, overriding any sense of power through “Hold On” or “10 Bullets” much like Lars Ulrich’s during the “…And Justice For All” Metallica days. Davey Meikle does a commendable job with his Anselmo-esque control and viciousness, but the music doesn’t strike me as special or different.
Take out “Vulgar Display Of Power” or “Burn My Eyes” and place them next to “Warface”- and it’s not even a fair fight.