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Defiance Dedicating New Album To Late Guitarist
March 7, 2007
On March 3, Defiance bass player Mike Kaufmann began recording bass tracks for the band's forthcoming album and first effort in over 13 years. The recording session comes more than three months after the loss of longtime guitar player Doug Harrington.

Commented Mike: "I knew it was my turn to start tracking and I think I needed time to reflect and think about the tragic loss of a dear friend, brother, and major contributor to Defiance music. It took me a while before I could even start practicing the songs again but once I started, it wasn't long before I felt I was ready to get it done. Doug and I had several conversations about how he wanted me to play over certain guitar parts that he wrote and I kept that in mind throughout the entire session. It was almost surreal talking to him about the album and how he wanted it to sound and knowing that he wouldn't be around to hear the finished product.

"During the last two or three weeks of his life, we spent a lot of time talking about what he wanted and didn't want the album to sound like. One of his main concerns was that we stick to our roots and make sure this is a 'thrash metal' album.

"I think that we, as a band, feel that this will be our best recording ever and much of that has to do with Doug's contribution and hard work even though he knew the end was near. It's a given that this album will be entirely dedicated to Doug."

Defiance's new CD is being recorded at Trident Studios in Concord, CA with producer Juan Urteaga (Exodus, Skinlab, Vile). Along with the new album, Defiance is also working on putting together a DVD, tentatively titled 'Decade(s) of Defiance', that will cronicle the band's entire career from 1985 to the present.
 
 
 
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Defiance Guitarist Passes Away
November 19, 2006
Reunited Oakland, California thrashers Defiance, best known for their seminal late '80s/early '90s Roadrunner releases 'Void Terra Firma' and 'Beyond Recognition', have issued the following statement:

"It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend, bandmate, and Corporate Punishment Records artist, Defiance guitarist Doug Harrington. At his request, and for the privacy of his family, we did not make his condition known, but Doug had been quietly battling cancer for much of this year, until Tuesday night [Nov. 14] when he finally succumbed to it. He went peacefully and in the presence of his wife and family. Doug was, however, able to participate in several of the writing and recording sessions for the new Defiance record, including one just three days before he passed.

"When we found out about Doug's condition, we had already been writing and rehearsing for the new album, and Doug continued to go to practices and participate in the songwriting and it was his wish that we finish the album without him. And although it will be extremely difficult, we will honor his request, and you can expect to see the record in stores this spring.

"Doug was an extremely talented musician, and an even more wonderful human being, and he will be sadly missed by all. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to all of Doug's family and friends."
 
 
 
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Defiance To Enter Studio Next Week
September 10, 2006
Reunited Oakland, California thrashers Defiance, best known for their seminal late '80s/early '90s Roadrunner releases 'Void Terra Firma' and 'Beyond Recognition', have posted the following message on their official web site:

"We have been hard at work writing new material and preparing to head into the studio. The date is now set for September 15th to enter Trident Studios in Concord, CA with producer Juan Urteaga (Exodus, Skinlab, Vile) to start laying down tracks for our first album in over 10 years!

"We are all really excited about the new songs. Once the sessions are completed, we will post a song here, on this website."

Defiance recently inked a deal with Los Angeles-based Corporate Punishment Records. The group's fourth album is tentatively due late 2006/early 2007. Upon completion of the LP, the band is looking forward to playing selected shows and festivals. In addition to the new LP, Corporate Punishment Records will also release the band's first long-form DVD, 'Decade(s) of Defiance', compiling hours of live performance, interview and archival footage chronicling their nearly 20 years of existence

Part of the so-called "second wave” of Bay Area thrash (which also included the likes of Forbidden, Vio-lence, Death Angel, and Testament), Defiance officially disbanded in 1993 after the departure of vocalist Steev Esquivel (who would go on to form Skinlab, and later Re:Ignition), while the remaining members, with the addition of vocalist Dave Godfrey White (Heathen), formed Inner Threshold, which would also eventually disband.

In 2005, rumors of a reformed Defiance sent waves of interest through the burgeoning thrash metal community, until it was finally confirmed that the band had in fact reunited and were at work on their first new material in over a decade.
 
 
 
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YEAR FORMED: 1985
HOME TOWN: Oakland