DEFIANT – Insurrection Icon
"Insurrection Icon" covers a lot of ground in that it is at times morose and pitch black only to shift gear and turn into a raging and violent storm of furious metal that has more in common with early Morbid Angel and Angelcorpse than any black metal outfit that I can think of as I am writing this, but that only goes to show that there is more to Defiant than meets the eye. They could have taken things a bit further and written even more dynamic and diverse material than what constitutes this album of theirs, because the potential to do just that is certainly present on "Insurrection Icon", but one simply cannot deny the awesome songwriting skills of this Croatian horde. On a final note, the artwork that accompanies the album looks great too, so if you consider yourself a fan of black/death metal there is simply no way around this disc. It turns out that there is something nasty and unpleasant brewing in the Croatian underground…and the vile and violent beast that is Defiant is it.