||“The Defiant Stand” is Slave
Zero’s debut album. This thrash metal band from Kilkenny,
Ireland uses death influences as well as a mix of others. The nine
tracks and over forty-eight minutes of metal are reminiscent to Kreator,
Slayer, old Sepultura, old Metallica and maybe a little Death. They
did have a cover on the disc of “Zombie Ritual” originally
by Death. It shows that the band has very strong roots and is multi-influenced.
That explains the amount of catchy riffs, even if some riffs might
be considered a little immature. They slow down the flow of a few
tracks; I also noticed that they have a few week transitions, both
signs of a new band getting their feet wet. Slave Zero has a good
deal of promise in their song “I Defy” as well as “Prejudice
Breed” and “Soldiers Fortune.” For the majority
of the album, most riffs are crisp but a few don’t seem as tight.
When the band plays without distortion, they need to tune their instruments
better. If they didn’t switch to non-distortion you wouldn’t
notice if their instruments are off. Production isn’t bad, but
with a little help, it could improve on some of the bad points. I
really don’t know what my overall opinion of Slave Zero; it
has some nice points and some bad points. I guess I will wait to see
what their next CD has to offer.