A melodic explosion of energetic aggression, this is thrash metal at its finest.

Thrash metal from Chile? Yes please! Active since 2013, Critical Defiance has caught my attention. I’ll admit that Chile isn’t the first place I think of when I think about thrash metal but this quartet has the chops to hang with the best.


Misconception is the band’s debut release and it’s due to hit the streets on February 9th (2019) via Unspeakable Axe Records.


A melodic explosion of energetic aggression, this is thrash metal at its finest. A velocity-driven mentality that specializes in unbridled fury. The twists and turns are as frenzied as they are unexpected. Although these songs do not provide any progressive or innovative structures, they shatter conventional forms with a relentlessness that cannot be overlooked. Highlight tracks for me are: “Desert Ways”, “Spiral of Hatred”, “What About You”, “Pursuit of Chaos” and “Misconception”.


On a final note, I would like to mention the production values of this effort. I initially found the sound of this recording primitive but after multiple listens I cannot imagine it offered any other way. This recording manages to increase the raw, energetic vibe of this record.


We can’t re-invent the wheel but we can quicken its pace. Check out Misconception by Critical Defiance and let their high velocity style of thrash metal run over you! \m/

Critical Defiance are:

  • Felipe Alvarado -Vocals, Guitars
  • Ignacio Arévalo – Bass
  • Nicolas Pastene – Drums
  • Felipe Espinoza – Guitars
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