It’s not a surprise that the father of Nu Metal (that being KORN) has been an influential band in the world of Metal and Hard Rock. They’ve inspired hundreds of bands in the genre. Never have I heard of a band that sounds so much like KORN as DEFACE. Their three-song demo smacks directly of the Nu Metal forerunners…so much that had I not know this wasn’t KORN I would have thought it to be them.
This is, of course, due to the bands significant mid 90s Nu Metal sound. The structures of simplistic Rock foundations are there. The Gothic tones created by odd guitar noises and the vocalist’s shifting pipes (which range from harsh shouts to melancholic croons) are there. The heavy as can be riffs partnered with the slap style bass heavy mix is there too. If you are one of those out there that has been pining for a return of “Follow The Leader” than this demo is straight up your alley.
The oddest part is that DEFACE is insanely effective at it too. These three songs are all great Nu Metal tracks. Not only did they nail the playing and style of the genre, but also they might sound better than KORN has in years at doing it. The effective length of the tracks keeps them winding, but easily digestible and the more than solid production does it full justice. The odd child like melody that opens “Tied Hands” is a perfect example of this.
This may not be original, but its hard to deny that DEFACE certainly has a talent for the style. This demo nails the sound, performances, and works Nu Metal like it wasn’t a genre losing ground. Color this reviewer impressed!
(Online October 8, 2011)