This is EASILLY a 4.5 star album - this must be heard to be fully appreciated and respected. Reading online reviews (great, or undeserving negative) won't do this masterpiece any justice. EVEN I HAD MY DOUBTS AT FIRST!
Put this album on shuffle (as to not accidentally forget or not get to some of the last few tracks on the album, as those are some of the best songs!) and trust me you will be rockin' out and headbangin' to many of these songs!
AWESOME, AWESOME balls rockin' songs such as 'Reborn', 'Vengeance is Mine', 'Skullcrusher', 'Come Alive', and 'Never Give In' - chock FULL of riffs (did I say RIFFS?!), thunderous production, fluid and blistering leads by a returning Bobby Hambel, and in-your-face lyrics and vocals mainly from Billy, but Evan shines as well in the dual approaches.
'Vows of Redemption' has this incredible, ambient atmospheric 'piano' intro and outro which totally makes the entire song worth listening to on repeat. Again, I can only try to describe so much - the album must be listened to to be fully appreciated and enjoyed!
Two songs which were punchy yet had cool 'sing along choruses' mid song (almost can hear or envision a live crowd in there!) were 'Decay' and 'Reborn'. Check them out!
The last track, an instrumental called 'Season the Sky' - is also a masterpiece. Almost more melodic hard rock - a perfect closer to this album.
Production is stellar, a huge improvement from their last album Means to an End - which was a good album in itself, but it suffered from sound and production flaws - as it had to be re-recorded since the original masters of that album had been destroyed in a fire. Reborn in Defiance sounds much more ballsy and crisp!
If I can find any flaws (if there are any, these are just my opinion), the only two songs I did not really enjoy were "Waste Away' and 'You Were Wrong.'. I will be giving them a few more spins to see if they grow on me, they just didn't seem as hair-raising and headbangin' as the rest of the album. Others may enjoy these songs, but in my opinion THUS FAR, while they were decent - they just didn't grab me, and 'You Were Wrong' just seemed to get redundant by the 6-minute mark. HOWEVER - by track 11 and 12 - NOW THOSE TRACKS ARE TREMENDOUS. It was almost like a shot of adrenaline to me after tracks 9 and 10. Skullcrusher and Never Give In are a total punch in the face!
This is a great all-around hardcore, metal, hard rock release with some different elements mixed in on a few songs not previously used very much by Biohazard, BUT THEY WORK. Give it a listen! Great album artwork, too!
Picks: 'Vengeance is Mine', 'Skullcrusher' 'Never Give In', 'Reborn', 'Come Alive', and 'Vows of Redemption.'
It is hard NOT TO LIKE this album. There is just so much meat and potatoes, and again - the brilliant guitar riffs!!
4.5 out of 5