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Artist: Defcon

Title: Defcon

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Category: Hard Rock/Hair Metal

Year: 2005

Label: Retrospect Records

Catalog Number: RR-171


Mark Matthews Bass, Lead Vocals
Tony Artino Guitars
Nick Lepar Drums
Shawn Zavodney Keyboards, Vocals


1.  How Close  
2.  Rock Me  
3.  My Time To Fly  
4.  Cold Hearted  
5.  Time Waits  
6.  Into The Night  
7.  Don't Stop The Lovin  
8.  Never Too Far Away  
9.  All Night Long  
10.  All Your Love  
11.  Hard Loud & Heavy  
12.  One Last Time  

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From: Jez Date: January 18, 2006 at 10:55
A Compilation of all the bands demo's recorded between 89-91. Imagine a heady mix of Whitesnake, XYZ & Hurricane plus some mega keys to top it all off & the results speak for themselves. 'How Close' opens in bombastic fashion & is a good taster of what is to come. The absolute highlight no question is 'My Time To Fly'. One of the best tracks I have heard in ages & I don't say that lightly.

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From: Jez Date: January 18, 2006 at 11:07
It starts it's 7 minutes with a magnificent keyboard/drum section, then kicks in BIG time half way with a Huge Whitesnake style riff for the big finish - an Absolutely MEGA track and I defy anyone not to get off big styley on this one. For demo's, these are of excellent quality with only maybe a couple not quite up to standard, The artwork is shall we say a bit on the sparse side aswell but they are minor complaints. Otherwise a complete Big,Huge,Massive,Enormous Thumbs up (Yes,I like It)

From: Faust Date: January 26, 2006 at 13:44
Difficult to believe that this group remained so a long time without record deal. The titles ' How Close', ' Time To Fly' and ' Into The Night' are pure hard US gems. Sound is good... A must have !

From: stryper Date: January 27, 2006 at 12:30
yeah.this is up there with the best em'i would say style wise.more like paradise audio mob firehouse...this really is very good indeed.glad i got it!!!

From: the game Date: February 24, 2006 at 21:04
Wow this cd is awesome. This sure beats out a lot of the indie releases out there. Defcon should have, could have been huge. They have the Looks, Hooks, and Power. Powerful Vocals, razor sharp Guitars and Thundering Bass and Drums. Just listen to How Close, My Time to Fly, Cold Hearted, Into the Night, Don't Stop the Lovin', All Your Love. This is high quality Hard Rock. BUY!! Rated 9/10.

From: aorjocke Date: February 25, 2006 at 12:35
Yes, this is a very good cd! The album has two sides, one is high quality AOR/Melodic Rock songs with great harmony vocals,and the other is more into Hardrock.I prefer their little softer side,tracks like "How Close","Cold Hearted", "Time Waits" and the Mega great "Into The Night" is a wet dream for all AOR/ Melodic Rock fans!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 30, 2006 at 23:05
yeah Guys Great album, si seņor de esos albums que a todos gusta bien dicho por Jez recopilacion de temas de una banda realmente rara de fines de los 80's, Melodic Hard/AOR en la mayor parte de temas y algunos en plan Hair Metal recordandome a bandas como Jet Red o Lust en estilo, un disco que facilmente alcanza el 9/10 y el mejor tema tambien coincido con aorjocke "Into The Night" Recomendado sin duda alguna, un saludo a toda la gente Rockera de este gran site de parte del Ave Fenix.

From: shoemaker Date: November 12, 2006 at 3:43
This is not awesome, but a good one. This sounds like a weaker version of "Heavens Edge". If you like the first Heavens Edge album you should check this one out!

From: Geoff Date: December 20, 2006 at 1:10
There are moments on this disc where I check my pulse because I think I've died and gone to heaven. The opener, 'How close' is pretty much every single thing in the world I love about melodic hard rock. 'Cold hearted' is also a thriller and overall there's no track I can say I really dislike. Definately recommended to fans of good, solid 80's hard rock.

From: spawn71 Date: December 21, 2006 at 8:05
Really a great surprise, a great album of melodic rock from the golden era of the genre (these demos were recorded between 1989 and 1991)... The band can play stunning AOR but also melodic rock/metal, like Icon, Hurricane or Dokken. For me, a little gem! Recommended: 9/10

From: headbanger4life Date: December 26, 2006 at 4:17
Wow, this one is just awesome. A big thanks to Retrospect Records for getting this one out there. I never even heard of these guys until then. To put it plan & simple, this is what 80's Hard Rock/AOR is all about. Everybody should have this one in their collection. Get it now before it's sold out (again).

From: z4roxx Date: December 29, 2006 at 13:30
Exist an original press of this cd?

From: Chad Date: December 31, 2006 at 0:45
I would agree with Geoff that this is a solid album. I did however expect musical bliss when I heard the rumblings about it. How Close and Cold Hearted are the stand out tracks this one kind of left me wanting more. Solid yes, musical bliss no.

From: mannas Date: November 15, 2007 at 19:24
a good melodic rock!!90/100 gut gemachter melodic rock,darf in keiner gutsortierten plattensammlung fehlen! by trade interest coolmohr@web.de

From: darobinson Date: February 18, 2008 at 14:35
If this band would have stuck with sound of the opener How Close they would have been great. The lead singer goes from a great singer to a bad screamer

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: January 5, 2009 at 7:10
Waoo but that piece of totally aggressive and mysterious album one devastating work. Recommended

From: sabace Date: March 1, 2009 at 9:34
absolute peacch of an lp ! 95/100

From: sabace Date: May 12, 2009 at 9:21
superb cd !

From: juan carlos Date: July 17, 2009 at 23:50
Rare band? well never more! all the rare stuff must be known now! Labels like Retrospect Records(as many others) make us a great favor with this GEM as a clear Example. the game nailed it here. Defcon is a band that recalls Whitesnake/Skid Row/Strangeways etc.. My fav track? "Time Waits" wow what a song! i thought this was a Strangeways song!, "Into The Night" and "How close" are my others fave tracks. The ballad "Never Too Far Away" is also good one. Awesome Melodic HardRock/AOR 9.1/10 Bonus tracks: 13. Rock-n-Roll Machine, 14. Down the Road (both live tracks performed in Chicago).

From: Dr_Funk Date: January 5, 2013 at 18:27
This one doesn't make any sense. I know the boys at Retrospect usually say something like "It's absolutely criminal they weren't huge" about most of their titles, but this one truly is criminal. These demos were recorded between 89-91, so the scene wasn't dead, yet. How did they go by unnoticed? I usually take each Retrospect title with a grain of salt--no offense to you boys, but there is usually a reason for bands to go nowhere--but this one blew me away! And to think where they could have gone with this had they been given the support they deserved. Do yourself a favour; head over to Retrospect, give the samples a listen, and pick it while it's still in stock.

From: hair metal again Date: February 22, 2013 at 10:33
hair metal masterpiece by DEFCON!no need to say much ,just go to the retrrospect records site and grab it as soon as you can!amazin stuff

From: juan carlos Date: February 26, 2013 at 21:58
I bought this one via Retrospect Records four years ago. Fantastic album indeed, you have to purchase this album immediately, you can't go wrong with this one, hands down! Thanks to the CEO Sam! ROCK ON!!

From: 123charpenay Date: February 27, 2013 at 12:50
hi juan carlos my friend from lima peru.i don t know this band i don t know this record but i will follow your advice and order this album to sam the boss of retrospect record.a very nice guy (friend to jimmi bell house of lords guitarist).

From: juan carlos Date: February 28, 2013 at 19:51
Hi 123charpenay, yep, Sam is a great guy that love the same music as you and i and all of you here love as well. Sam is my friend is my facebook and always answer my questions about HR music. Buy this album mate with totally confidence, Cheers.

From: Leykis101 Date: July 25, 2015 at 2:46
Figures,and goes to show how many anal cavities were filled with A&R heads the late 80's,there's no other logical explanation for how Defcon, could have recorded these songs,and remained completely unknown, unsigned, and then just dissolve away into obscurity, oh sorry, just remain stationary in obscurity, then poof away into history, the fucking rejects at the record labels I always say only got about 10% of it right, no it's not true that if a band went unnoticed or unknown, there was usually a reason, as Dr.Funk eluded too,well not the reason he was hinting towards, Mr.Funk you should rethink your comment, and state the truth, so many good bands went unknown and unnoticed, because A&R's had heads firmly up asses,those who didn't have noses planted firmly in overrated flavor of the week no talent showsters asses, that's the reason Defcon went unknown, only other reason is Defcon never let anyone hear these songs, they sat on them, hoping never to be signed, LOL Right, buy this shit!

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