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Def Con One release new video

Newcastle metal titans Def  Con One have released their new video. The track “Skinhead Shaped Dent” is from their new album “II” and is one of their best tracks to date. Watch it below.


Def Con One – II

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For the thousands that have seen the band live, or heard their first album Warface, this has to be one of the most eagerly anticipated album releases of the year. Warface was full of groove and in your face aggresion but Def Con One have upped the ante even further here. 18 months of solid touring has turned the band into an unbelievably tight unit, add to that some of the best riffs you’ve heard for a long, long time and your still not close to what we have here.

The album starts off with H8 Ball, a barely audible whisper which needs a lot of volume to be heard gives way to a staccato riff that is full of anger and groove. You can hear the bands influences throughout this song, but this is undoubtedly Def Con One. Broke is a fist pumping, head banging groove fest. Telling the tale of the common man’s struggle to make ends meet and get through everyday life.

Def Con One then unleash the song Soul Possessed on to us. This is up there with any metal song you have heard, certainly since the turn of the millenium. You may have heard this song as the band recently streamed it, the good news is that this album doesn’t peak with Soul Possessed. Scarred For Life then attacks our senses from the speakers. This is the thrashier side of Def Con One with a bit of punk and hardcore thrown in for good measure. There is always that huge Def Con One groove just waiting around the corner to test our headbanging capabilities and this song doesn’t disappoint. When this kicks in live, the pit will be for the brave only.

Debt To Society has a Southern metal feel to it as it kicks in. Davey Meikle offers to guide you until you find your own path in life ” You take my hand and walk with me while you find a place of your own”. The song implores you to lead and not be one of life’s sheep. The next song on the album will simply floor you. Sit down, turn up the volume and simply enjoy Skinhead Shaped Dent before you attempt to destroy your body as you bounce off walls, ceilings and anything else you can reach. This song has a riff that is up there with any you can think of, it also sticks around in your head forever. Damn you Def Con One!!!!!!!!!!!

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Need A Reason builds in atmosphere until it explodes into one of the heaviest parts the band have ever written for the verse. There are more ideas in this song than what some bands are capable of putting onto a full album. Next up is the surprise of the album. Die Again is in all intent and purpose a power ballad until you hear the lyrical content. Like Feeling Cold on Warface, this song should be one thing but evolves into a totally different beast. The blackest ballad you will hear this year.

Damned Disgrace opens with the kind of grooving riff that gets your whole body moving. The upbeat music is in contrast to the lyrics as Davey Meikle spits his disgust at our soldiers fighting another lands war. Drag me to hell closes the album and just attacks you from the off. There is no respite from this one, it is full, in your face metal.

So there we have it, what a pity this album has to end. Released in February this album is already in contention for album of the year. There is all out metal, groove, melody and no shortage of damn fine musicianship on here. Go out and buy it, you will not be disappointed.


Davey Meikle – Vocals

Steve Miller – Bass

Antton Lant – Drums

Johnny Hunter – Guitar


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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.