Reunited Oakland, California thrashers DEFIANCE have issued the following update:
"As of yesterday, DEFIANCE has finished tracking the new album for Candlelight Records! Candlelight is looking at a September release date for first album from DEFIANCE since 1992's 'Beyond Recognition', released by Roadrunner Records.
"We finished up at Trident Studios on Sunday with Jim [Adams; guitar] and Mike [Kaufmann; bass] completing the last of their parts, and Steev [Esquivel; also of SKINLAB] came down to help arrange some last-minute additions to the lead sections with Jim on a couple of songs. Snake came by in the afternoon to deliver all the completed vocals he recorded at his studio in Berkeley, Greendot Studios.
"All we have left is to get Glen's [Alvelais; FORBIDDEN, TENET, TESTAMENT] solos and to have Juan [Urteaga, producer] finish mixing and mastering the album!
"DEFIANCE is working with Travis Smith on the album cover artwork and concept.
"Once the album is released DEFIANCE will be looking to support the effort in Europe and perhaps the U.S., if the right opportunity arises."
A short video of some of the sessions can be viewed below.
DEFIANCE recently posted a new song, entitled "The Voice", on the band's MySpace page. Along with the new album, DEFIANCE is also working on putting together a DVD, tentatively titled "Decade(s) of Defiance", that will chronicle the band's entire career from 1985 to the present.
Part of the so-called "second wave" of Bay Area thrash (which also included the likes of FORBIDDEN, VIO-LENCE, DEATH ANGEL, and TESTAMENT), DEFIANCE officially disbanded in 1993 after the departure of vocalist Steev Esquivel (who would go on to form SKINLAB, and later RE:IGNITION), while the remaining members, with the addition of vocalist Dave Godfrey White (HEATHEN), formed INNER THRESHOLD, which would also eventually disband.
In 2005, rumors of a reformed DEFIANCE sent waves of interest through the burgeoning thrash metal community until it was finally confirmed that the band had in fact reunited and were at work on their first new material in over a decade.
Metal Mind Productions released "Insomnia", a three-CD digipack containing remastered versions of the following DEFIANCE albums: 1989's "Product of Society", 1990's "Void Terra Firma", and 1992's "Beyond Recognition". This special collector's edition includes classic material from Roadrunner Records' archives, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology and released on golden discs. The three-CD digipack edition is limited to a hand-numbered 2,000 copies and contains a 28-page booklet with lyrics to all songs, full story of the band, and over 20 bonus tracks taken from the band's archives.