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Band Photo: Defiance (?)

Formed: 1985
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Defiance News

Below is our complete Defiance news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Bay Area Thrashers Defiance Call It Quits

Defiance, the bay area thrashers that released such albums as "Product of Society" (1989) and "Void Terra Firm" (1990), are disbanding for the second and final time. In 2005, the band reformed and released the comeback album "The Prophecy" in 2009. In a statement on the band's official website, guitarist Jim Adams posted the following statement to the fans:

"End of the Journey:

"Hey All! Jim Adams here,

"I imagine it won't be a surprise to anyone who might read this that Defiance is no longer a band. After coming to the realization that the music industry was falling apart, and without the internal bond that Defiance had in back in their heydays, it was decided (by me) to shut down all activities to avoid being completely financially wiped out.

"Steev and Mark both put it best when they each told me that 'we did what we promised we would do, and that was finish this album for Doug.' [Harrington, who passed away in 2006]

"Having some time to think about what that really means, I have come to agree completely with them. The job is done. Doug is gone, and with him, really...Defiance.

"I have since moved on and joined Severed Fifth www.severedfifth.com and will be releasing a full length album in February 2012 titled 'Liberate'.

"To everyone who supported and followed Defiance over the last 25 years, we would like to thank you. Without the fans, we would have just been 5 knuckleheads destroying our hearing and our livers in some basement in Oakland."

The final line up of Defiance was:

Jim Adams - Guitars
Shawn Bozarth - Guitars
Keven Albert - Vocals
Mike Kaufmann - Bass
Burton Ortega - Drums

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Defiance Announces Free Show And Signing Session

California thrashers Defiance will be playing a free show at the Rasputin's Records store in Mountain View, California on Friday March 12th at 6pm. Following the show Defiance will also host a signing session for fans.

The upcoming Defiance tour dates are as follows:

3/12 2010 Rasputin’s Records Mountain View, California
3/18 2010 The Whiskey Hollywood, California (with Warbringer)
4/10 2010 Blank Club San Jose, California

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Defiance Announces New Drummer

California thrashers Defiance have announced they have recruited Burton Ortega as their new drummer. The band also commented on the line-up change:

"After struggling with who should be the next drummer for Defiance and having the wrong drummer in place for one show. Defiance has found a bay area gem. Burton comes from a traditional thrash metal background, playing for years with bay area thrashers Kaos, came in and delivered the goods. We were looking for that fifth finger to fill the glove which was something that we felt was essential for a long term fit. We are very excited about Burton joining Defiance and have had so much fun jamming the old and new tunes and can't wait to unleash the new monster that is Defiance."

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Defiance Posts Performance Footage

California thrashers Defiance have posted footage of their performance at Blake's in Berkeley on December 19th, 2009. The video clip can be viewed below.

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Demonica Posts New Song, "Demon Class," Online

California thrash metal band Demonica has released a new song, "Demon Class," on their MySpace page.

Demonica's lineup is as follows:

Craig Locicero (Forbidden, Spiral Arms): Lead Guitars
Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate): Lead Guitars
Klaus hyr (Demonica): Vocals
Marc Grabowski (Corruption): Bass
Mark Hernandez (Forbidden, Defiance): Drums

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Defiance Announces New Lineup

Oakland thrash metal band Defiance has issued the following update regarding their lineup:

"With our first show since 1994 just a couple of days away, we wanted to take this opportunity to let you all know about some pretty major changes in the line-up of the band."

"With our new album 'The Prophecy' completed, and released on Candlelight Records, both Mark and Steev have moved on to concentrate on their primary bands, Forbidden and Skinlab respectively. We want to publicly thank them both for putting in all the hard work and time to help us finish the album we dedicated together in the memory of our dear friend and guitarist Doug Harrington. We wish both of them continued success in whatever lies ahead for them." More...

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U.S. Release Delayed For Defiance Album

Defiance has issued the following announcement about their new album "The Prophecy" being delayed for release in the United States:

"Hey Everyone...We wanted to let you all know that there has been a minor glitch in the system with regards to the release of our new album 'The Prophecy.' Due to an unforeseen logistical issue, the US release of the album was pushed back by the distributor until November 3rd.

"The album is available in Europe, and in the US via the Candlelight USA online store. This set back only affects the distribution of the CD to online stores such as Amazon and iTunes, and to brick and mortars like Best Buy. We apologize for any confusion this issue has caused. We are looking forward to getting out there to play live for you all soon!

"Stay Heavy!!!"

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Defiance Streaming New Song Online

Defiance is currently streaming a new song online from their upcoming album "The Prophecy." The track "Eschaton" can be heard at the band's official MySpace page. The new Defiance album will be released on October 19th in Europe and October 20th in the US by Candlelight Records.

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Defiance Streaming New Song Online

Defiance has posted a song titled "Desert Sands" from their new album "The Prophecy" on the band's official MySpace page. The new Defiance album will be released on October 19th in Europe and October 20th in the U.S. by Candlelight Records.

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Defiance Streaming New Song Online

Defiance has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online:

"Defiance has posted another new song from the forthcoming album "The Prophecy" on the official band website.

"The song called 'Sloth', is a fast paced, over the top thrasher that was written by Jim Adams and Mark Hernandez with lyrics from Bryant/Esquivel. The intense, fast and explosive tune explores the issues of the useless and worthless that plague our world.

"The full album is set for release on October 19th in Europe and October 20th in the US through Candlelight Records."

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Defiance Streaming Three New Songs Online

Defiance has issued the following announcement about streaming three new songs from their upcoming album "The Prophecy" online:

"Candlelight Records releases an E-card featuring three of the new song tracks from The Prophecy! Defiance and Candlelight records have worked together to post several songs for streaming on their websites!

"You can listen to three of the tracks at this location. You can also check out the songs on the newly redesigned Defiance website. They will also be available for streaming from the Defiance MySpace page.

"The new album from Defiance 'The Prophecy' will be release by Candlelight Records in Europe on October 19th, 2009."

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Defiance Reveals New Album Details

Defiance has issued the following update about releasing their new album "The Propechy:"

"Reformed after a 15 year hiatus, bay area thrashers Defiance return with The Prophecy. Currently featuring vocalist Steev Esquivel (Skinlab), guitarist Jim Adams, bassist Mike Kaufmann and drummer Mark Hernandez (Vio-lence, Forbidden), the band recorded the album in San Francisco and in early interviews Kaufmann confirmed, we always felt the band broke up too early so we plan to use this opportunity to pick up where we left off. Formed in 1985 Defiance recorded their first record in 1988. Product of Society (Roadrunner) was produced by Jeff Waters (Annihilator) and immediately found the band an impressive worldwide audience. Beyond Recognition, the bands third and last album was released in 1992. In 2005 the band finally regrouped after years of requests from fans. The band signed with Candlelight in late 2008 and immediately set to work."

"The Prophecy" will be released on Candlelight records on October 19th in Europe. The cover artwork can be viewed here. The track listing will be as follows:

1. Prion
2. The Prophecy
3. Bastard Son
4. The War Inside
5. Fuel The Fire
6. Eschaton
7. Sloth
8. Desert Sands
9. Dissolving Around You
10. Asthmaphere
11. Eyes Of The Front

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Defiance Completes New Album

Reunited San Francisco metal band, Defiance, has issued the following update on the progress of their upcoming album:

"The new Defiance album titled 'The Prophecy' has been completed! The mixing and mastering of the first new music from Defiance in over 15 years was completed a few weeks ago and has been sent to Candlelight Records for pressing."

"Defiance is working now with Travis Smith to complete the artwork and CD booklet. The album does not as of yet have a release date."

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Defiance Completes Recording of New Album

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." More...

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Defiance Completes Drum Tracks For New Album

Reunited thrash metal band Defiance has reportedly completed recording the drum tracks for their first album in fifteen years. The album will likely be released in the early part of next year via Candlelight Records and is currently being recorded at Trident Studios and Greendot Studios in East Bay, California. The band are also working on a DVD entitled, "Decades Of Defiance" which chronicles the bands history from 1985 to the present day.

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Defiance Signs to Candlelight Records

Candlelight Records announces the signing of Oakland, California based Defiance. The band currently featuring vocalist Steev Esquivel (Skinlab), guitarist Jim Adams, bassist Mike Kaufmann and drummer Mark Hernandez (Vio-lence, Forbidden) has started early tracking of their new album at Trident Studios and Greendot Studios in East Bay, California. The currently untitled album is expected for Spring 2009 release.

Defiance plan to finish the recording of their Candlelight debut by year's end. The band expects to tour in the early part of 2009.

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Defiance’s Debut Album To Be Reissued

Metal Mind Productions has announced the re-release of "Product Of Society," the debut album by Defiance. This thrash metal band formed in 1985 by Brad Bowers (guitar), Mike Kaufmann (bass) and Matt Vander Ende (drums) belonged to the San Francisco thrash fraternity of the late 80's, along with bands like Testament, Exodus or Forbidden. "Product Of Society" was produced by Annihilator's guitarist Jeff Waters and managed to attract attention in the thrash community despite the frequent label as a Testament knock-off. It was the only album by Defiance to feature Ken Elkington on vocals and had cover art by Ed Repka.

This classic LP taken from Roadrunner Records' archives will be available in a new digipak edition with 5 demo and 3 live tracks as a bonus. Limited to 2000 copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc. "Product Of Society" will be available on July 21, 2008 in Europe and September 2, 2008 in USA (via MVD).

Here is the tracklisting for the reissued Defiance "Product Of Society" digipak: More...

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Defiance Bassist Robbed At Gunpoint

Last Friday (March 14), bassist Mike Kaufmann of the San Francisco thrashers DEFIANCE was robbed at gunpoint by six guys at the West Oakland BART station (Bay Area Rapid Transit; rail service which connects San Francisco with the East Bay).

Commented Kaufmann: "I was barely able to escape and I'm VERY lucky to be alive. It was their intent to take everything I had and then kill me. The Oakland police caught them about an hour later and I made a positive identification. [Local TV station] Channel 7 will be doing a story about it because the crime was witnessed by BART police and they were too afraid to help me. I'm pretty much a wreck right now and I haven't slept much at all. What the fuck is this world coming to?"

DEFIANCE, best known for their seminal late '80s/early '90s Roadrunner releases "Void Terra Firma" and "Beyond Recognition", recently posted a new song, entitled "The Voice", on the band's MySpace page. The track is a rough mix from the group's sessions at Trident Studios in Concord, California with producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, SKINLAB, VILE) and is expected to appear on DEFIANCE's forthcoming fourth album, due later in the year via an as-yet-undetermined label. More...

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Defiance Post 1994 Demo Online For Download

The final demo recorded by the San Francisco Bay Area thrashers DEFIANCE prior to morphing into INNER THRESHOLD is now available for download from DEFIANCE's web site, The demo, recorded in the winter of 1994 was produced by Rob Beaton (HEATHEN, DEFIANCE).

DEFIANCE is currently recording a new CD at Trident Studios in Concord, CA with producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, SKINLAB, VILE). Along with the new album, DEFIANCE is also working on putting together a DVD, tentatively titled "Decade(s) of Defiance", that will cronicle 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. More...

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Skinlab Singer Comments On New Defiance Album

Singer Steev Esquivel (SKINLAB) from legendary Oakland thrashers DEFIANCE has issued the following update:

"Well, I finally got my ass in the studio and completed one song for the upcoming release. Once again back at Trident studios working with producer Juan Urteaga, this shit sounds fuckin sick!!! No shit, I mean, after almost 15 years of not being a band the guys wrote an amazing record. And a true Defiance record at that.

The guitars and bass are fuckin brutal, the absolute best tones the band has ever had. The drums are amazing — Mark Hernandez really stepped things up, tons of slammin' double bass; the kid was on fire and it shows. Vocally, it's got to be one of the most challenging recordings I have ever done. It's been awhile since I had to sing to music tuned as high as Defiance (E 440). Definitely a challenge as I'm pushing myself to return to more of a singing style verses my Skinlab voice, which is much lower and more aggressive than what is called for in Defiance.

I'm really stoked to be apart of the album and doing my best to make the old-school Defiance fans happy as well as making our brother Dougie (Harrington - late guitarist) proud."

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