(Review by Patrick De Sloover)

Defy Tolerance is an American newcomer and their debut album, which is recorded at SonicPhish Studios, is going to be released on their own imprint, Able Records. The quartet worked together with Ken Mary  (drummer of Fifth Angel and House Of Lords) productionwise, and Tony Glassner  for mastering the album. The members met each other around 2011 and shared some musical ideas and started writing a few songs. It all went really smooth and the first shows were played in 2012.

Now, it’s time to move on and get the band on the right track to success. First move was to add a second guitar player, as they had to record secondary guitar parts in the studio. Drummer Garin Wolfe was familiar with a dude called Brian Miller, and as he is a shredder, the lineup of Defy Tolerance was complete. The musical direction of Defy Tolerance is not really metal, nor Hard Rock, it’s an in-between situation with a lot of influences from Papa Roach, Shinedown, Alter Bridge and perhaps a little Nickelback in some chorus lines. The rock is present, the heaviness is mixed in the songs that contain also a huge dose of melody. 

This band is not looking for a heavy setlist, as they prefer to bring rock and pop anthems with a heavy layer which is not essential. The voice of Defy Tolerance is handled by Freddy Kilo, who also plays the guitars and although his voice sounds perfect to the songs, I have the feeling that I’m missing a little more energy. ‘Ball And Chain’ has some great riffing, as well as ‘Zombified’, ‘Empty Bottle’ and ‘Until I’m Done’ but it’s all a little too restrained and subdued.  The ballad ‘Live For Today’ has the same remarks and ‘Epic Failure’ has a guitar solo that I want in almost every track. It all indicates that this band is perfect in their own vision and chosen path, but I’m more into heavier material. If I listen to a ballad, I want to have goosebumps all over, and I want to hear a shredding guitar solo that  almost makes me yawl. 

The four members of the band are talented, are able to create a cool vibe, but still I miss the magic that a band like Five Finger Death Punch are able to bring. This release is suitable for people that prefer rock anthems and want to have their portion of rock preferable serene.  /

My rating: 77 / 100


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish