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Defcon (1986)

Defcon feature ex-Metallica guitarist Lloyd Grant, and a real talent he is too. The band’s five-track demo is dominated by Grant’s excellent axework with a dazzling display of intense riffing and frenzied fretwork technique.

Thrash metal without the normal punk overtones is probably the best way to describe Defcon’s intense mayhem, as the likes of ‘Red Light’, ‘Descenders From Hell’ and the superb ‘War Of The World’ are all delivered in clinical fashion.

‘Dungeon Of Evil’ reminds me of early Metallica but with a little more melody, while ’Sniper’ is a more restrained number; but just as lethal.

Since this demo was recorded I understand that vocalist Chuck Trester and drummer Mike Pepin have departed, leaving Grant and bassist Steve Hallas who together first formed the band back in 1983. Replacements are imminent and it shouldn’t be too long either before Defcon secure a record deal.

Bernard Doe

Review taken from Metal Forces, Issue 17 (1986)

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