This time a year ago, Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover were still members of Megadeth. But flash forward to present day and the guitarist and drummer are getting things in order to release their debut disc with the new band Act of Defiance. The group's first album, Birth and the Burial, is due in stores this Friday (Aug. 21), but you can already get a listen. The album is streaming via the Metal Blade website at this location.

Fans can listen to the hard-hitting metal that Broderick, Drover, bassist Matt Bachand and vocalist Henry Derek provide. So far, we've already heard the songs "Throwback," "Legion of Lies" and "Refrain and Re-Fracture," but the disc is now streaming in full ahead of Friday's release. And if you like what you hear, the album is available to pre-order at the same location in digital and physical formats, as well as with some bundle options.

"We are all so proud for everybody to finally be able to hear Birth and the Burial streaming in its entirety," says Drover. "We worked extremely hard to make the best heavy metal record we could and we are all beyond excited for you to sink your teeth into this record. We said from the get-go, this record is 100 percent uncompromising heavy metal, and now you can hear for yourselves!"

Broderick adds, "We spent a lot of time and effort on Birth and the Burial to get it to sound as good as it possibly could, and we are not only excited for it's release this Friday Aug. 21 and the fact that everyone can stream it, but also to announce that we will be heading out on tour to support it in October!!! It's one thing to get a CD to sound great, but now we have to live up to that sound live as well, and I know from talking to Shawn, Henry, and Matt that we are going to bring it!!!"

Speaking of that tour, the band will be co-headlining dates with Allegaeon, with shows set to start on Oct. 22 in Las Vegas. The trek runs through mid-November and all of the dates for the run can be seen below.

Act of Defiance / Allegaeon Fall 2015 North American Tour

10/22 -- Las Vegas, Nev. -- Count's Vamp'd
10/23 -- Phoenix, Ariz. -- Club Red
10/24 -- San Diego, Calif. -- Brick By Brick
10/25 -- Pomona, Calif. -- Glass House
10/28 -- Salt Lake City, Utah -- Area 51
10/30 -- Denver, Colo. -- Marquis Theater
10/31 -- Merriam, Kan. -- Aftershock
11/1 -- St. Louis, Mo. -- Fubar
11/3 -- Danville, Ill. -- Vintage Villains
11/4 -- Chicago, Ill. -- Double Door
11/5 -- Westland, Mich. -- Token Lounge
11/6 -- Lakefield, Ohio -- The Foundry
11/8 -- Rochester, N.Y. -- Montage
11/9 -- Toronto, Ontario -- Mod Club
11/11 -- Montreal, Quebec -- Petit Campus
11/13 -- New York, N.Y. -- Saint Vitus
11/14 -- Holyoke, Mass. -- Waterfront Tavern
11/15 -- Providence, R.I. -- Providence Metal Fest

Act of Defiance / Allegaeon Tour Poster

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