Oakland, California thrashers DEFIANCE have officially called it quits.
Commented the 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 [guitarist] Jim [Adams] to shut down all activities to avoid being completely financially wiped out. Jim has since moved on and joined SEVERED FIFTH and will be releasing a full length album in February 2012 titled ‘Liberate’.
The final lineup of DEFIANCE was as follows:
Jim Adams – Guitar
Shawn Bozarth – Guitar
Keven Albert – Vocals
Mike Kaufmann – Bass
Burton Ortega – Drums
DEFIANCE played its first show since 1994 on December 19, 2009 at Blake’s on Telegraph in Berkeley, California.
Mark Hernandez (drums) and Steev Esquivel (vocals) left DEFIANCE in 2009 to concentrate on their primary bands, FORBIDDEN and SKINLAB, respectively.
DEFIANCE‘s latet album, “The Prophecy”, was released on October 19, 2009 via Candlelight Records. The first collection of new music from DEFIANCE in over 15 years was recorded at Trident Studios and Greendot Studios in East Bay, California.
An e-card for “The Prophecy” can be accessed at this location.
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.
Video footage of DEFIANCE‘s free in-store performance on March 12, 2010 at Rasputin Records in Mountain View, California can be seen below.