Photo Gallery/Gig Review: ACT OF DEFIANCE (w/ Deveined, Aggression, and Hellchamber) at The Biltmore, Vancouver (6 February 2016)
It may be too early to say for sure, but 2016 is sizing up to be a high-water mark for heavy music in Vancouver: after the triumphant return of the diabolical Zimmer’s Hole just last month, to see a supergroup such as Act of Defiance make their Vancouver debut at a small underground club like the Biltmore is a surreal and historic event that almost seems too good to be true. Nevertheless the veteran heavy-hitters and alumni of Megadeth, Shadows Fall, and Scar the Martyr (respectively: Chris Broderick (guitar) and Shawn Drover (drums), Matt Bachand (bass), and Henry Derek on vocals) played a demolishing set of high-explosive intensity that left rapturous fans scraping themselves off of the ceiling tiles.
With local support from and strong, enthusiastic turnout for Deveined*, Aggression, and Hellchamber, the chain reaction of incendiary death, thrash, and metallic hard rock made total decimation inevitable.
*Not pictured due to logistical difficulties experienced en route to the show – our apologies to the band.