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Def Con One live at Trillians Rockbar, Newcastle


It’s not often that you find a band that makes the hair on your neck stand on end. Newcastles DEF CON ONE certainly do that. They have the heaviness of a sledgehammer to the head, and the tunes to match.

Behind the drum kit is Antton, one time skin beater for black metal legends Venom, Antton has a very unique style, not too far from a Vinnie Paul, but far enough that he obviously isn’t copying. On guitar there is Johnny Hunter, some of the riffs that this guitar demon peels off tonight are mind blowing if your into heavy groove/power metal. On Bass guitar is Steve Miller, a powerhouse of a bass player that highlights everything Def Con One are about. Power, precision and groove. Handling mic duties is Davey Meikle. Davey doesn’t say much betwween songs but he doesn’t have to. A vocalist that has the ability to be screaming his lungs up one second then croon the next is a powerful weapon in your armoury.


Def Con One come on stage with no fanfare or intro tape. It’s straight into the metal. Opener Caving In sets the tone for what is to come, manic riffing. thunderous bass, a drum sound thats tries to put a hole in your chest and vocals that you can’t help but be impressed with. Never Look Back and Blood fly by with the speed of light. Steeped In Pain is next and is absolutely brimming with menace, following that is Weapons Of War. This is a song that has one of those grooves that gets your body moving not just your head. Hit List and Hold on keep the pace up with Hit List giving Davey the chance to show off his clean range.


10 Bullets flies at you next with the force of an out of control HGV, a live favourite for years to come. My Halo attacks the senses next with the clean verses interupted by the screams of “Slip away, Slip away”. March Of The Dead is next.This could be a classic in the making, there was not a single still head in the place as the huge main riff kicked in. In Death did it’s best to pummell us into the submission before the biggest surprise of the night- Give Me Strength 6&6. This song starts off with the kind of riff that a modern day Sabbath would die for before we get the kind of vicious attack that this band has a reputation of delivering.


The last song of the night is the title track to the debut album that the band has coming out in June. Warface has every single person in the place attempting to snap their necks. The band slow down towards the end of the song, but only to invite members of the audience up to join in the screams of “Warface, Warface” as the song comes to a clattering end.

This gig lasted around 70 mins yet seemed to fly past, always the sign of a good gig. Catch this band whilst they are on tour if metal is your thing, you won’t regret it.