Former Megadeth members Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have officially revealed that their new band will be called Act of Defiance. The metal outfit also features vocalist Henry Derek, who previously sang for Scar the Martyr, and Shadows Fall bassist Matt Bachand. The band has inked a deal with Metal Blade Records.

The group is currently in the studio recording their debut disc with producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed), but they have served up a snippet of a song called "Throwback" to give those interested an idea of what the band will sound like. Check out the snippet above.

Broderick states, "I am so excited to finally be able to announce Act of Defiance to the world. Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Zeuss."

He adds, "I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to metal! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal. It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it.”

Drover states, "What thrills me the most is the fact that myself, Chris Broderick, Henry Derek and Matt Bachand all have in common is that from the get-go, we wanted this band to be 100% PURE Heavy Metal! No compromises, no ulterior motives other than making the best HEAVY METAL music we can. Metal Blade shares this vision, which really puts us all on the same page, musically.”

Henry Derek offers, "I’m extremely honored and excited to be a part of AOD. Everyone has been super cool and supportive, which is always a huge plus. I know this is going to be an awesome musical experience and the fact that I’m embarking on this journey with good people means everything. Cheers."

And Bachand concludes, "I couldn't be more excited to begin this new adventure with Act of Defiance. The positive energy that has collected between the four of us in such a little amount of time has been nothing short of incredible. Writing bass lines is something new for me as well, and I am looking forward to the challenge. All the songs are coming together great and I can't wait for the world to hear this."

Stay tuned for more from Act of Defiance. The band's debut disc is expected to arrive this summer.

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