Alright, time for me to get out of my comfort zone.
In my previous review, I mentioned gravitating toward music that is “vibe-y.” Well, here I am writing about a metal group I had never of until received a PR email. Wanna know a secret? We discover lots of music via publicists! Shocking, right? But Spotify and my musical pals can only take me so far.
Defcon Zero is classic fist in the air metal in every sense of that phrase. I can’t say if they’re doing anything new. But listening to this album is pretty dang fun. “Burn it to the Ground” is cliche but I love it. “Day of Judgement” also has an intro I’m pretty sure I’ve heard before, but again, the execution is on point. We also get a standout lyric in this song, “who I am is not for me to say.” I have to admit I was kind of passively listening at this point and for whatever reason that line jumped out at me. I don’t know what the band’s worldview is, but it reminds me of my own Christian beliefs – my identity lies in how God sees me, not how I see myself.
The fun factor of this band is dependent on their execution, which is consistent throughout the album. “DRF” is another highlight, which utilizes a rhythm section that creates sort of a roller-coaster like effect in the flow of the song.
It’s easy for me to see why Corroded is considered an accomplished band in their home country. However in this saturated world, I’m not entirely convinced that the band would stand out from the crowd in the US, but I would like to see how they’d do live. Particularly in a festival setting, like Columbus’ Rock on the Range.
On an unrelated note, I think I need to get to know more metal bands from Sweden. This is only the second group from that part of the world I’ve gotten to know, after Safemode. The two acts share the ability of bringing to the table an accessible sound.