Released: 2013, Le Crépuscule du Soir Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Ah, summer. Getting half naked, cracking open a cold beer and listening to some black metal. That's right, you read that correctly. Whilst a lot of the genre is perfect for blizzard-drowned nights, Canadian trio Black Pestilence shed the frostbite with their punk-tinged offering which is bound to be the soundtrack to many a sun-soaked piss up.
Aesthetically, the band project a rather confusing image with this album. The Black Pestilence logo is great; it reeks of grimy punk attitude twisted amongst black metal spires. However, the cover art is just a mediocre painting and the album title is in a font which looks like it was pulled straight from Word Art. I know punk is about not giving a fuck but come on, there are limits.
Looks aside, musically this album hits the mark in many ways. Awash with catchy riffs, electronic undertones and even some noise influence, In Defiance presents an in-your-face listen with a healthy dose of creative flair. The songs aren't masterpieces by any stretch of the imagination but they also offer something a lot of second wave black metal does not; deviation from the norm. This outlook seems to be mirrored by the band. Black Pestilence is the brain child of Valax, who has previously stated in an interview that his music “has always been in opposition of traditional black metal”. The eclectic Canadian also describes it as “urban black metal”, a label which holds a great deal of accuracy.
Purist material this is not, but I'd recommend it to those who are newcomers to the genre and want to ease themselves in slowly. Strong production offers a clear view into what In Defiance has to offer, allowing the listener to differentiate between each musical element. The majority will find something to enjoy here; thrashers will be sated, particularly with the start of 'Liberty Chants the Scriptures of Satan', fans of the second wave scene are likely to dig this and even experimental junkies will find something of value. Overall though, this album is suited to those looking to have a fun listening experience and a good time.
When the rain clouds return to our shores, this album might not be so appealing but until then, there are no naysayers allowed here.
Review by Beth Avison