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Review: Detonation - An Epic Defiance
An Epic Defiance

Label: Independent
Year released: 2002
Duration: 45:55
Tracks: 12
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 5+/5

Review online: March 8, 2003
Reviewed by: Scott Murray
Readers Rating
An Epic Defiance

Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)

Hailing from the Netherlands, Detonation has delivered what could easily be mistaken for the sequel to Dark Tranquillity’s phenomenal Damage Done album. Looking back, I found that An Epic Defiance was released about a month prior to Damage Done, an album that swept top spots on virtually every metal writer’s top ten list of 2002. Why Detonation’s debut release was snubbed, I couldn’t say. But I assure you that this album is just as good, if not better than Damage Done. Detonation manages to capture the recent resurgence of passion emanating from the Dark Tranquillity camp and run with it. This band isn’t doing anything that hasn’t been done before. They’re just doing it a hell of a lot better than most others are these days.

For a release that seemed to go relatively unheard, An Epic Defiance is vast in every aspect of its songs and the band’s ability to create a sound that is so moving, but still plays out as great heavy metal. There is more of a thrash influence on this record, unlike Damage Done, which showcased melody in the guitar playing and keyboards as its draw. The solos are a definite throwback to the early days of melodic-death, drawing on the influence of the original pioneers of it all, At the Gates. An Epic Defiance gripped me until the end with its spectacular guitar work and constant surprises along the way.

If there is any justice in the world of metal, this album will one-day praised among the likes of Slaughter of the Soul, The Jester Race and the other milestones that laid the foundations for what is undoubtedly the most popular and accessible genre in metal today.

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