Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from The Prophecy by Defiance, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

The Prophecy

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

Defiance was never more than a second-tier act within the fertile mid-'80s Bay Area thrash scene — they arrived late to the party, releasing their debut CD in 1989, and never achieved a commercial breakthrough even on the level of Exodus or Testament, never mind Metallica. But their second and third albums, 1990's Void Terra Firma and 1992's Beyond Recognition, were solid, technically adept thrash efforts that hinted at the death metal that was already bubbling up from the underground. Seventeen years later, three of the band's core members — vocalist Steev Esquivel (also of SkinLab), guitarist Jim Adams, and bassist Mike Kaufmann — are back, accompanied by drummer Mark Hernandez of Bay Area peers Vio-Lence and Forbidden. And the music they're making is a natural extension of their back catalog: there are no blastbeats or nü-metal touches to be found here, just old-school thrash played by four veterans. In a way, they're now on an equal footing with Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel, heading back out into the world to show the kids how it's done. Guitarist Adams is particularly impressive here, spinning out ferocious solos loaded with dive-bombs and distorted fretboard pyrotechnics, as Kaufmann and Hernandez (who sounds a little typewriter-ish, but that's the fault of the producer — he definitely keeps the music hurtling forward) crunch and rumble through the twists and turns of these riff-heavy compositions. The Prophecy doesn't take Defiance beyond the bounds of what they'd already accomplished on their unjustly forgotten earlier albums, but it doesn't tarnish their artistic legacy, either. Thrash veterans/diehards will love hearing these guys again, and retro-thrash youngsters should pay attention to how the older generation does it.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Though they formed only in 1993, Portland, OR, punk rockers Defiance are traditionalists with a capital T -- dedicated to reviving the classic sounds of punk and Oi!, as pioneered in the late '70s and early '80s. Original members Alaric (vocals), Mike (guitar/vocals), Kelly (bass), and Eric (drums) all cut their teeth in local underground acts such as Deprived, Resist, and Unamused prior to joining forces, and proceeded to tour both the U.S. and Europe, while unleashing a steady stream of independent...
Full bio
The Prophecy, Defiance
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.