The heavy metal band Act of Defiance, integrated by former Megadeth members Christ Broderick and Shawn Drover along with Henry Dereck and Matt Bachand, came to Vancouver BC and played their first Canadian concert of their winter 2016 tour at the Biltmore Cabaret on February 6th 2016.
I have been following Christ since he used to play in Nevermore and it is not a secret that this guy is a guitar master and Shawn sitting back on his drums with his metal grooves just killed it as usual. I am glad I had the opportunity of doing the concert photography at this event because I knew they were not going to disappoint at all.
The debut studio album “Birth and the Burial” is overall pretty good and I recommend you definitely give it a listen if you haven’t done so already. The lyrics and music is pretty much all Broderick and Drover.
The concert was full of energy, raw metal and a lot of shredding. The music is pretty typical extreme metal but with a lot of musicality though. My impression is that Broderick and Drover wanted to play much heavier music than what they used to play with Megadeth.
I have to admit that I was glad that the concert was held in a small venue with maybe no more than 250 people. The environment was all 80’s underground concert, low lights and decent audio. The low lighting made it a little challenging doing photos in the mosh. The interaction between the band and crowd however was impeccable. After the concert they spent time mingling, signing autographs and posing for pictures with their fans.