There are some bands with a sound so signature that they take only a second to identify. Geordie monsters DEF CON ONE are one of those bands for me. I was excited to receive their new EP “Brute Force and Ignorance” as I spent a lot of time listening to them both recorded and live in 2013, the pinnacle being their main support slot with Hatebreed on the Headbangers Balls tour. It’s not easy to warm up a Hatebreed crowd, but these fellas have the sheer pounding “fuck off” intensity to do it. They are also four of friendliest and most honest blokes you might meet in UK metal. Though they do look like they might eat you when you first meet them.
The EP’s title track starts off in classic DCO style, with their unmistakable grinding overdriven guitar tone poking at your intestines before Antton Lant’s massive beats slam your face into the groove like a piledriver. This guy is a beat monster, with the biggest drums I’ve ever seen and has trained himself to set up his kit on stage in six minutes dead. He hits harder than anyone I’ve met, and that energy and power is the clear driving force behind the band’s groove.
The second track “Caving In” reminds me of everything I loved in metal a decade or so back when Machine Head and Sepultura raised the bar of heavy for me, and it’s riffs, squeals, guttural growls and pace changes are everything I like in a metal track.
“No More Hate” is the standout for me and encapsulates Def Con One completely. The whispering intro teases you in before the blistering guts of the song kick your nuts back up into wherever nuts shouldn’t go. This tune is made to play live.
“Weapons of War” rounds this little gem off with some of Davey Meikle’s strongest vocals of the EP, at points putting me in mind of some of the heavier John Bush era Anthrax stuff, another band who are masters of the hook and riff groove. The stop start riffs, the drum blast pauses, and the long lazy vocal layers make this a great end to the release.
This is high quality, riff driven metal. Go and get it, and anything else these fellas do. They absolutely nail it live, and the bald headed on stage symmetry with synchronized head banging is a sight to behold. Brute Force and Ignorance is a limited edition vinyl release:
Def Con One are:
DAVEY – VOCALS
ANTTON – DRUMS
JOHNNY – GUITAR
STEVE – BASS
This is high quality, riff driven metal. Go and get it, and anything else these fellas do. They absolutely nail it live, and the bald headed on stage symmetry with synchronized head banging is a sight to behold.