I'm Killer, the vocals from Defying Control. I came out to clear a few misunderstandings in this review.
I'm doing this not for propaganda but because I believe we have the right to defend ourselves from unfounded accusations but first I would like to thank Chris for reviewing our album no matter if it got some misunderstandings and Absolute Punk. It's an honor for D.C. to feature in such great web site.
So first of all we never were and we'll never be a Christian punk rock band and we never said we were. We have nothing against being Christian but that's just not our thing. We knew “Leap Of Faith” could create some controversy but we always believed that people would get the message if they read the lyrics closely. The song is about God but in a different way or at least not in a Christian way. It says that God is the nature and not that human figure with long hair that Christian religion imposes to people. In the song God it's just energy, it's whatever you want to believe in, so despite it was not on purpose it's a little bit anti-Christian even. Chris insists on this subject later on. So here it goes “New Beginning” is about the difficulties a band goes trough to keep their shit together and that we still keep on going no matter how much people try to push us down. I do sing “...so hear me God...” but it’s clearly just an expression to emphasize our will to carry on. “Blessed” just says people should be grateful for having true friends and a family. That's it no more no less. The lyrics are quite simple and I don't understand why Chris makes such a big mess about it. I invite everyone who's interested enough to send me an email asking for the lyrics I would gladly send it to anyone. You could all listen to most of the songs in our myspace. So ask me for the lyrics and check it out for yourself. ( firstname.lastname@example.org
I also don't understand why Chris goes on insulting us. We are not “four Portuguese men trying to be American rock stars” we are four Portuguese dudes having fun doing what we love most. Playing punk rock! We do it for 6 years now and I hope we can do this for ever. Punk rock it's our life since the nineties.
Just for the record this is not our debut album. Our debut album got out in 2007 and it was entitled “Reflection”.
We do not try to claim that we are aggressive. The album is entitled like that because it's our way to tell people that the world is on mayhem but there's still hope to do something about it if we only put our minds into it OK? You know… like ending war, protecting Nature that's what we're all about. I guess I do have a tough guy nickname although I don't see where that’s relevant for an album reviewing. Nevertheless rest assured that I never killed anyone and I'm pretty much a sweet guy.
I didn't get that “South American or North American scene” thing. Our influences go by a lot of Northern American bands you got that right but South American scene? We really don’t know about the scene in South America. We are often included in the European and Canadian skatepunk / melodic hardcore scene but South America it's a new one. So thank you I guess. By the way you know Portugal is in Europe Right?
Just want to end this by saying we as a hard working band feel we deserved a little bit more respect than this. We really feel that we came a long way and that the songs although far to please everyone and far from being perfect still have great melodies, positive message and a lot of great guitar riffs. Anyway Chris got a lot of things right that we'll consider next recording and we thank him once again and Absolute Punk.
Keep it true!