I get that it’s difficult to come up with a great band name.  If you want to be recognizable and easy to find, it has to be original and easy to remember.  You don’t want a name that results in 27 hits on the Metal Archives, but you don’t want a name no one can spell either (looking at you, Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation!) or word of mouth will never happen.  And lastly, you don’t want the name to sound fucking stupid, and this is where Defecto trips up.  I don’t know whether this superhero has the power to break equipment just after the warranty expires or simply changes allegiances super quickly, but I went in with tenuous hope that the band would be better than the band name.

Well, they are, but that’s more because of their name than their music. Defecto play a mixture of power metal and mainstream metalcore, citing influences like Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Symphony X. It’s a sound aiming for stadiums and main stages at major festivals; accessible, catchy and big in a Broadway sense. While that is not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself (after all, A7X‘s The Stage was among my own TYMHM last year,) the songs feel more engineered than organically written, like there was a mandate to incorporate x elements from popular metal bands. That artificiality may be imaginary, but the cloying feeling persists nonetheless.

The execution is not the problem. Frontman Nicklas Sonne (Evil Masquerade) has a big voice akin to Russell Allen, while his scraped style of belting warrants comparison to M. Shadows. He even has a decent growl, employed sporadically across the album but fairly prominent on the two final tracks. The guitar solos are technically excellent, only a minor step below the likes of Synyster Gates, and they compensate for the lackluster songwriting with wild panache. And although the catchy nature of the songwriting and the familiar core-like guitar sound indicate an overeager commercial spirit, it cannot be denied that the songs stuck to the grey matter like stubborn leeches.

But Nemesis seems to be unable to put out a positive without a balancing negative. The title track has an epic, catchy chorus, but can’t help but to undermine it with an overly edgy and utterly unconvincing bridge. “Endlessly Falling” is by and large prog-power metal goodness, but it proceeds “Savage,” where Nicklas proclaims to be a ‘deadly, crazy lunatic’ in a way that wouldn’t convince a 14 year old Godsmack fan. “Ode to the Damned” is hyper melodic yet not without merit, but power ballad “The Sacrificed” is nauseatingly pleading. “We’re All the Enemy” blasts off with promising thrashy melodic death metal but winds up forgettable, and closer “Ascend to Heaven” has a decently pounding back half but takes its time getting there through a minefield of sickly sweet cheese.

Couple these shortcomings with a loud production that buries the bass and the drums while brushing up against clipping hell, and you wind up with an album that simply does not sound sincere and self-assured. While sincerity is a difficult virtue to pinpoint, Defecto wear their aspirations too proudly on their sleeve to feel honest and organic. The paint-by-popular-numbers nature of the tracks undermines the natural flow and the frequent insertions of tired tropes blocks the enjoyment of their talented performances. Perhaps this is what Defecto feel is the best music they could possibly make, but a tighter focus and braver approach would have made Nemesis a lot more interesting.

Rating: 2.0/5.0
DR: 6 | Format Reviewed: 192 kbps mp3
Label: Prime Collective
Websites: defecto.dk | facebook.com/defectoband
Releases Worldwide: December 1st, 2017

  • Brutalist_Receptacle
    • GardensTale

      Even the rejected Weasley?

  • welyyt

    “Defecto play a mixture of power metal and mainstream metalcore”

    this honestly sounds like my worst nightmare.

    • Holy shit, right?? Throw in rap rock verses and you’d have an album’s worth of Muppet-B-Gone.

      • welyyt

        Unrelated, but have you listened to the new Celeste? I finally got to it today, and I’m totally in love with its blackened sludge meets Gojira vibe.

        • I have not, it’ll be a couple days before I’ll have the time to do so but I’ll make a note of it.

      • Eli Valcik

        Add some Djent riffing and you’d be right on the money, oh yeah check out the new Necronautical, it’s damn good!

        • As a guitarist I’ll always have a s000ft spot for djent riffs in moderation, I just typically hate djent bands that aren’t Uneven Structure, early Monuments, or Vildjharta. I typically don’t hate your suggestions though, so if I ever get a free minute I’ll be sure to check out Necronautical.

          • Nukenado

            Necronautical ain’t djent! Eli was just stating his distaste for djent.
            Necronautical is like Alestorm but black metal.

    • Brutalist_Receptacle


    • aelena74

      epic mallcore?

    • WhamBamSam

      Seems like it could work to me. Metalcore could provide power metal with a bit of extra heft (even if only superficially so) whereas power metal could render metalcore less wangsty and self-serious.

      • Eli Valcik

        Take out the teenage angst.

  • Septic

    I played the hell out of Godsmack’s first record for most of ’99-’01. It was so damn good. I still spin it from time to time…it’s oddly comforting… And that cover chick.. scarily hot. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1f71553763b65bd48940d18fedc9e0dd0755fc75673d3bfa5dbc6f0bec4d0dc7.jpg

    • False

      Better fuckin go away

    • GardensTale

      I’m not the one who’s so far away,
      When I feel the snakebite enter my veins
      Never did I wanna be here again
      And I don’t remember why I came

      Yeah, guilty as charged…

  • GrumpDumpus


  • Wes Allen

    Looks like a fun play date (ft. chess) at the apocalypse. Good times were had.

  • smallwolf

    cheesestrings anyone? *bland*

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    So….not a musical based on my favourite 80’s sci fi movie of the same name?

  • Nate Sweet

    Maybe it’s like Flexo from Futurama.
    “Just throw on a goatee and you too can become Defecto!”*

    *Goatee sold separately.

  • AshCinderSmoke

    That’s 3 shitty album covers in a row

    • Dagoth_RAC

      Who or what is sitting at right side of that chess table? Marty Moose?

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      I counted 7!

  • Cherd

    As Photoshop hours spent on a cover go up, music quality seems to go down. But is this correlation or causation?

    • Nukenado

      3D CG artwork aint metal. Not bad, but not metal.

  • Ivan E. Rection

    So on the subject of stupid-ass metal band names, my all time winner/loser goes to (No, it’s not Job For A Cowboy)……
    Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky. Gag.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Imagine yelling the band name at a concert.

    • Nukenado

      “Shoot The Girl First” is a band.

  • Planex

    All I can imagine is a world of superheroes where everyone has a power and this guy just can’t buy a working coffee maker at Walmart.

    also this music sucks

    • GardensTale

      Sounds like a Douglas Adams synopsis.

  • Solrac Avan

    Defective indeed.

  • The lead singer looks like JORN!

  • Me

    Ohhh..a new subgenre. Metal Power Core.

    Always a bad sign, when the intro music is better than the actual song.

  • Mollusc

    Defecto sounds like the name of the least effective of the X Men.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Defecto is Spanish for “defect”

      • Mollusc

        Awesome, I can shout that at my Spanish grad engineer at work now, thanks!

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          Let me know if you need a list of words to shout at him ;)

          • Mollusc

            Yeah! He seemed to like Defecto today.

  • The Akerstache

    Fuck this, I’m going back to Nevermore.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      I don’t want to be saved
      I’m next in line to die

  • Yolo Swaggins

    What is your guy’s opinion on ROSK’s Miasma?

    • sir_c

      pretty fucking stunning, in three words

    • Nukenado

      Really nice semi-hardcore harsh vocals, amazing cleans, and clean production that proves that you don’t have to record in an old cellar with Fisher-Price amps stolen from Varg Vikernes to sound black metal.

      • Yolo Swaggins

        I wholeheartedly agree with that; the drums in the mix gave me an eargasm.

        • Nukenado

          Lo-fi production is like Europower albums with keyboards. They can work, but bands should realize that they don’t need it to work.

          • Yolo Swaggins

            Trver words have never been spoken; you should write the review for the next ‘trve’ bm album.

          • Nukenado

            I have a personal blog that I will probably show you guys after a horrible party where I decide I’m probably old enough to down two beers.

          • Nukenado

            I’m not trve though.
            Speaking of trve, let me enter my preacher mode and proselytize Porky Vagina’s Astroschwein. Do you like Diablo Swing Orchestra? If you don’t then I pity you but do check these guys out.

          • Yolo Swaggins

            Never heard of either of those; but I’m trying out Diablo Swing Orchestra at the moment and I can only say one thing: Fuckin’ groovy.

          • Nukenado

            DSO earned an AMG 5.0.
            Their 3 oldest records are untouchable.
            The new one seems to be merely good.

    • It’s fucking excellent.

  • sir_c

    play this on your wedding day and for sure she’ll file a divorce first thing

  • Jeffrey Carter

    It’s right there in the name.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    OK, who else googled “Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation”?

    • GardensTale

      I wanted to go with Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis but it fucked up the formatting.

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        It’s not only formatting that gets fucked up by Paracoccidioidomicosisproctitissarcomucosis

    • Nukenado

      An all-female goregrind band, huh. Don’t see that often.

  • Kalle Melander

    This album received a 10/10 rating in a well regarded Swedish webzine the other day.

  • Digital Violence

    Is it very wrong that I really liked the embedded track? I feel like I should hate it, but I really enjoyed it. *wanders off to YouTube to check out some more*

  • Sophocles

    Well, I ‘d rather call it power prog and it seems far more interesting and catchy than this year’s Pyramaze. Not groundbreaking but really enjoyable if this is your thing. Love the guitar solos