Birth and the Burial

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Birth and the Burial
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 21, 2015
RecordedIll-Fated Studio in Los Angeles, California; Dexter's Lab in Milford, Connecticut; ManShark in Southampton, Massachusetts
GenreHeavy metal, thrash metal, speed metal, melodic death metal
LabelMetal Blade
ProducerChris "Zeuss" Harris
Act of Defiance chronology
Birth and the Burial
Old Scars, New Wounds
Singles from Birth and the Burial
  1. "Throwback"
    Released: June 24, 2015
  2. "Refrain and Re-Fracture"
    Released: July 14, 2015[1]
  3. "Legion of Lies"
    Released: August 5, 2015

Birth and the Burial is the debut studio album by American heavy metal supergroup Act of Defiance. It was released on August 21, 2015 through Metal Blade Records.[2]

A music video for the song "Throwback" was released on June 24, 2015,[3] with another for "Legion of Lies" following on August 6, 2015.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Rock Hard[5]9/10 stars

Birth and the Burial has received positive reaction from critics. Rock Hard magazine gave the album a score of nine out of ten, calling it an "engaging thrash metal album [...] One of the best releases of 2015!"[5] Writing for Sputnikmusic, Thompson Gerhart concluded that Birth and the Burial "both starts off on a good foot and leaves some room for improvement."[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."Throwback"Chris BroderickBroderick5:32
2."Legion of Lies"Henry Derek, Shawn DroverDrover3:47
3."Thy Lord Belial"Derek, DroverDrover3:37
4."Refrain and Re-Fracture"DerekBroderick5:54
5."Dead Stare"BroderickBroderick4:31
6."Disastrophe (A New Reality)"Derek, DroverDrover3:24
7."Poison Dream"BroderickBroderick5:20
8."Obey the Fallen"DerekDrover4:52
9."Crimson Psalm"DerekBroderick5:08
10."Birth and the Burial"DerekBroderick5:07
Total length:47:12


Act of Defiance


  1. ^ "ACT OF DEFIANCE Feat. Ex-MEGADETH, SHADOWS FALL, SCAR THE MARTYR Members: 'Refrain And Re-Fracture' Song". July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "Act of Defiance Unleash 'Throwback' Video, Reveal New Album Details". Loudwire. June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "Former MEGADETH Members Unleash Debut ACT OF DEFIANCE Video 'Throwback'". June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "ACT OF DEFIANCE Feat. Ex-MEGADETH, SHADOWS FALL, SCAR THE MARTYR Members: 'Legion Of Lies' Video". August 6, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Birth and the Burial liner notes. Metal Blade Records. 2015.
  6. ^ a b Gerhart, Thompson. "Review: Act of Defiance". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Z, Jason. "Review: Act of Defiance". SkullsNBones. Retrieved September 3, 2015.