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Album Review: Defy the Tide – Soteria

May 12, 2017

For a long time now, whenever I come across a new band I’ve never listened to and I know haven’t been on any major labels, I tend not to get my hopes up. I fear if I may not like it and I invested so much time into an act, I feel let down and annoyed. Then again, when the band surpasses your expectations, at least for me, it’s such a great feeling when the band you stumbled upon meets your expectations. Of course I am talking about US metallers, Defy the Tide and their recently released EP, Soteria. Havivng been noticed by a handful of metal media including this one I decided to jump on the chance to check them out. With the band claiming they are for fans for bands such as In This Moment, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour and Evanescence, I was a bit skeptical. So many big names in one package, how could it be?

Pleased to say, this EP is definitely worthy of checking out. Many of the elements prove so such as grooviness, melodic work, a bit of progressive determination, power metal sounds, great clean vocals and more, I was surprised by the end of it all how much I enjoyed it. For the longest time, many years in fact, I would steer clear of American metal acts for fear of them all sounding the same, especially a female fronted act for in my experience overseas acts would really only fit my appetite but these guys have proved my tastes wrong in that there is still quality metal being cranked out here closer to home. For being around only a few years, they are quite the talented bunch.

From the get-go, the vocals are quite obvious in talent with Carly Simon-Warneke at the helm. A sort of alternative-metal sound greets us in Traced In Flames, taking on a solid form with standard riffs and some interesting melodic guitarwork that really spice up the track. Eventually things geat heavier and thrashier for the time being with more double bass and thunderous drums, overall I felt this was more on the gothic end of the metal spectrum. The energy picks up in Catalyst. An aptly titled track, the track steps into headbanger territory, at this point I was more reminded of a big gothic/symphonic act known as Imperia. Eventually we hear some guitar galloping and some great thrashy drums that really kick off a headbang storm.

With an EP, you really want to showcase as much as you can than just be as fast and/or agressive as you can be. Applying the brakes only ever so slightly in Primrose Path, this is where I really felt their Evanescence comparison felt most true. There are still moments of heaviness and a slight breakdown later on in the track. Eventually the track picks up more energy with a great progression. A Spectre In Silence, starts out on the Iron Maiden sound but only for a brief moment. The backing melodic guitars in the chorus add an enticing sound, really making use of the guitars effectively not just some simple riffing. The buildup of instrumentals and vocals make you wonder what comes next in this track, overall keeping things unpredictable and genuinely satisfying.

I know these guys and gal have some great potential. I honestly can’t remember the last time an indie/unsigned band had so much talent that they deserve to be on some sort of decent label. As it’s a common theme with such bands, songs can get repetitive and boring at times but Defy the Tide, keep things engaging and different in a way that keeps your attention throughout the entire EP. There have only been about 2-3 other albums released this year I’ve listened to that have gotten my perfect rating. If the band keeps on at it, I think they can achieve some great things and after listening to Soteria, I am very much looking forward to the actual full-length release, whenever that may be. But for now let’s just enjoy a decent sized slice of metal goodness. Stay Metal \m/

Official Website: https://www.defythetide.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DefyTheTide/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DefytheTide/

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