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Defect | ‘Dead Silence’ Demo

Yet more straight out classically styled Heavy Metal, this time from the usually more extreme metallic battle grounds of Cork.

The format is by now well rehearsed – a few galloping metal tunes and the customary electrified ballad – and all in all it is quite hard to differentiate this from the legions of other demos that have done precisely the same thing over the years, and that will continue to do the same thing as long as an electric guitar can be plugged into an amplifier.

That’s how common this style of demo is, and it is not an exaggeration to say so. But what sets Defect apart are the vocals.

Very high in register, and not always on the note, they are nonetheless recognisable, which has got to count for a lot. The band also have a certain naive honesty about them, which despite the inherent mediocrity of the material removes a fair degree of cynicism when listening.

Nice leads are a solid touch, but the drumming and general level of inventiveness need work. But there are moments. ‘Empty Cage’ retains the feel of Priest’s ‘Freewheel Burning’ in a vaguely nostalgic kind of way, while the balladic elements, as usual, recall ‘Ride The Lightning’.

So all in all this is absolutely unoriginal, and quite mediocre in the big picture, but shows promise with a little bit more experience and graft. And as usual, the next demo will see what the band are really all about.

Earl Grey ::: 13/06/05

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