Former Megadeth duo Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have announced their new band – featuring includes former Scar The Martyr singer Henry Derek Bonner and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand – is named Act Of Defiance.
Signed to Metal Blade Records, the group are also previewing their debut album with a sample of the punishing lead track, “Throwback.”
Both Broderick and Drover issued separate statements in late November – just hours apart – that they were leaving Megadeth to pursue their own musical interests.
Act Of Defiance are currently recording their debut with producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall) with a release expected this summer.
"I am so excited to finally be able to announce Act Of Defiance to the world,” says Broderick. “Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Chris Harris.
"I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to Metal! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal. It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it."
"Having our new band sign with Metal Blade Records is a real thrill for me,” adds Drover. “I started my musical career with Brian Slagel and the Metal Blade family many years ago, so to come full circle at this point is a real musical home-coming, of sorts. I couldn't be happier about that.
"What thrills me the most is the fact that myself, Chris Broderick, Henry Derek and Matt Bachand all have in common is that from the get-go, we wanted this band to be 100% Pure Heavy Metal! No compromises, no ulterior motives other than making the best Heavy Metal music we can. Metal Blade shares this vision, which really puts us all on the same page, musically."
As for Megadeth, bassist David Ellefson recently confirmed the band are moving forward with plans to hit the studio this year to record and release the follow-up to 2013’s “Super Collider”, with as-yet-to-be-announced new members in place of Broderick and Drover.
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